DAN SHIPSIDES - Home
This website provides some (haphazard) information on selected projects from 1996 to today.
For those not familiar with my work a quick introduction through these artworks and projects:
Broadly speaking I'm interested in space and place in all and any of its potential manifestations - political, personal, topological, psychological, phenomenological or nonsensical.
My work engages the emerging imperatives of a critical landscape which seeks to reconnect concepts of landscape to the aesthetic world of here and now and eclipses the tropes of the wild, natural or rural image. In adopting ‘landscape’ as the lived experience of the spaces around us as much as the constructs of cultural contexts this practice seeks to hold the contradiction of the direct phenomenological pursuit alongside the culturally coded, filtered and shaped experience. I seek moments of schism in the given constructs of place; cracks, gaps and fissures in its surface where a new route may be worked or new perspective might be gained. With this premise I feel compelled to juxtapose, collage and collide experiences, encounters, images, objects and ideas – and follow the creative fallout from such collisions to anywhere it might take me.In pursuing a creative and critical relationship to place, spaces, encounters and events the processes of my practice reflect and embody adventures and misadventures in ‘real life’ which often includes climbing and mountaineering alongside the day-to-day activities of life. It develops through experiential engagement and seeks to create open and often weird narratives based on that experience. In a lateral sense it draws from, responds to or reflects the experiences and acts of seeing, being and doing within contingent social, political, environmental or historical contexts. In doing so, it might articulate a generative socio-phenomenological engagement with place and events.
Dan Shipsides is represented by: The Third Space Gallery: www.thethirdspacegallery.com
Gratefully acknowledging the continued support of:
The University of Ulster Art and Design Research Institute
The Arts Council of Northern Ireland (ACNI)
The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
Opinions within this website are my own and do not reflect those of funders, employers or anybody else.