no format Gallery presents 'Paintings for the Cat Dimension' a new solo show by David Surman. The exhibition showcases recent paintings from an ongoing series investigating the motif of the cat. The opening event features a performance by noise music duo Isn'tses at 8pm.
David Surman makes use of many mediums (including painting, printmaking, drawing, animation, film, photography, games and zines) to create work in a multi-cultural hybrid style. He combines influences from European expressionism, Asia-pacific pop and digital cultures in ways that speak to the languages of his generation. His works tend to feature quotidian motifs drawn from both virtual culture and everyday reality, such as wild animals, dogs and cats, domestic spaces, heads, skulls and masks. Each element is rendered in a gestural expressive style that employs improvisation, comedy, and insouciant handling to destabilise and provoke the viewer and question the status of painting in contemporary society.
David Surman (b. 1981) is from Barnstaple, North Devon and lives and works in London. He studied BA animation at Newport School of Art (2002), MA film studies at Warwick (2004) and MA visual art illustration and printmaking at Camberwell College of Art (2014). Recent group shows and projects include Be Right Back at Rhoda Street Studios (2017), Figure Me Out at the dot project (2016), Pomegranate at Brixton East (2014), Experimental Gamepack 01 for LA Game Space (2013) and Darkness on the Edge of Town (2013) at Perth Centre for Contemporary Photography.