The artwork of David Spriggs lies in a space between the 2 and 3 dimensions. In his work he explores phenomena, space-time and movement, colour, visual systems and surveillance, the strategies and symbols of power, and the thresholds of form and perception. Spriggs is known internationally for his unique large-scale 3D ephemeral-like installations that use a technique he pioneered in 1999 layering transparent images. David Spriggs is currently based in Vancouver, BC. He was born in 1978 in Manchester, England, and immigrated to Canada in 1992. He received his Master of Fine Arts from Concordia University, Montreal, and his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Emily Carr University in Vancouver. He undertook student residencies at Central St. Martin’s College of Art in London, England (1999) and the Bauhaus University in Weimar, Germany (2006). He has exhibited internationally at galleries and museums such as Messums Wilthsire in the UK, Arsenal Montreal in Canada, the Prague Biennial 5 in the Czech Republic, the Louis Vuitton Gallery in Macau, and at the Sharjah Biennal 9 in the UAE. His work can be found in many prestigious collections such as in Hotel VIC Hong Kong, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and the National Museum of Fine Arts of Quebec.
“Spriggs’ work invites us to see-with what is not actually there and to move-with the constellation of what we’re beginning to see. Moving-with perception composing itself, we experience the dynamics of an object becoming spacetime. We no longer simply observe – we are moved by the experience of watching, and we move with it. We note the contours but feel the colors. We see the lines but feel the rhythm. We see-with the becoming-work. This is the activity of plastic dynamism expressing itself through the emergence of a body-image constellation.”
Erin Manning. ‘Relationscapes: Movement, Art, Philosophy’ MIT Press