David Rickard investigates phenomena such as gravity, alchemy and chance through sculptures, drawings and installations that involve spatial and physical experimentation. Often using ordinary objects as a starting point, Rickard explores new potential avenues for their use and in doing so maps the architecture where they are sited, redefining our concept of spatial and objectual perception. Constantly moving along a fine line between sculpture and performance, art and physics, Rickard’s work engages the viewer as an active player. Once the artist has established a trajectory, a combination of necessity and chance takes place, making the ordinary extraordinary and generating new readings of our surroundings.
Rickard was born in New Zealand (1975) and studied architecture at the Auckland School of Architecture in New Zealand, before studying art at Brera Accademia di Belle Arti, Milan and Central Saint Martins, London. Recent Solo exhibitions include; New Art Section, Art Brussels, selected by Witte de With Contemporary (2015), All Vertical Lines Intersect, Galleria Michela Rizzo, Venice (2013) Vanishing Point, Sumarria Lunn, London (2013), Displacements, Galleria Michela Rizzo, Venice (2012), Testing the Limits, The Nunnery, Bow Arts Trust, London (2011), Time + Trace, Sumarria Lunn Gallery, London (2011), Test Flights, Economist Plaza, London (2010). Selected group shows include; Flags, Serra di Giardini, Venice (2015), Weight for the Showing, Maddox Arts, London (2015), Act & Application, Lawrie Shabibi, Dubai (2014), Alchemy, State of Change, NEST, The Hague (2014) BLUMM Art Prize Brussels (2013) Intersections – Science in Contemporary Art, Weizmann Institute, Tel Aviv (2012) Round the Clock, 54th Venice Biennale, Venice (2011) Beyond Ourselves, The Royal Society of Science, London (2011) Lines of Desire, Oriel Davies Gallery, Newtown (2011)