David Kefford is a multi-disciplinary artist.
His practice centres around an expanded sculptural framework with his own body as the pivot. Themes such as queer ecology, digital materialism and object relations are imaginatively explored through low-tech, hands-on making processes against a backdrop of a consumer ‘waste’ society. His starting point involves collecting, re-mixing, subverting and transforming under-valued and un-loved (discarded/fragmented) objects, materials and images which he liberates from the local environment – artificial materials, non-bio-degradable stuff that will remain after our individual human lives as radiant relic scraps on the earth or in the sea. Non-human or non-organic things have ‘souls’, connecting to animist beliefs and always relating to human presence, acknowledging we are living in the Anthropocene.
Once accumulated, these are then ‘queered up’ through a time-based, durational and fluid process in his physical studio to portray hybrid, biomorphic assemblages, which embody feelings of difference and strangeness. The studio becomes a generative space for the construction and accumulation of precious, non-binary, [non] human companion forms.
More recently he has also been working across digital spaces, media space or the space between bodies and events for production and presentation to push boundaries of sculptural practice through touch screens, haptic dimensions and recorded gestures including glitch and human error as transformative identities.
Kefford’s work deals with feelings of social disturbance and queer possibility, a merging of multiple narratives in which fact and fiction, intersect. His physical and virtual studios become a diverse cultural archeology of fragmented future artifacts or future-oriented world-building.
Kefford’s work has been extensively exhibited and commissioned in the UK and internationally. Exhibitions include: The Feel of Things, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka (2017), Pocket Sculptures, Art at ARB, University of Cambridge (2017), Constructive Spaces, ICA (2016) The Soft Landscape, North West Cambridge (2015), Sequences VII: Real Time Arts Festival, Iceland (2015) Hey, I’m Mr Poetic, Wysing Arts Centre (2014), Skittish, Vane, Newcastle (2013, The Hair of the Dog, Block 336, London (2012) New Foragers, Collyer Bristow, London (2012) One Minute Volume 5, De Anza Experimental Film, Cupertino, California (2011) Party Animal, SUGAR, New York (2010), Performing Presence, The National Centre for Contemporary Art, St Petersburg (2010) One Thing Against Another, Aspex, Portsmouth, 2008; ArtFutures 08, Bloomberg Space, London, 2008 The Balance of Being, National Solo Touring Exhibition (2005)
He is founding member of artist run group, Aid & Abet in Cambridge. He is currently a Senior Lecturer in Fine Art at University of Hertfordshire and regularly lectures in other further and higher educational institutions and gives public talks in museum and gallery contexts.