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David Blandy

  • CountryUnited Kingdom
  • Born1976


David Blandy lives and works in London, using video, performance and comics to address identity formation and its relationship to popular culture.

Either as a white man mouthing the words to the underground soul classic”Is it because I’m black”  “hollow bones” (2001), or being taught how to make art by the deceased martial arts star Bruce Lee in “emotional content” (2003),as The White and Black Minstrel (2007), or seeking enlightenment in kung fu movies and anime as The Barefoot Lone Pilgrim (2004-08). Blandy is searching for his cultural position in the world. He often uses humour to ask the difficult question of just how much the self is formed by the mass-media of records, films and television, and whether he has an identity outside that.

He has exhibited at venues such as The Bluecoat as part of the 2008 Liverpool Biennial, Turner Contemporary, Margate, The Baltic, Gateshead, Spike Island, Bristol, 176, London, Platform China Project Space, Beijing, and Museu da Imagem e do Som de São Paulo, Brazil. His work is distributed by LUX.

David Blandy’s work deals with his problematic relationship with popular culture, highlighting the slippage and tension between fantasy and reality in everyday life.

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