bio

The works comprising Corpus represent an investigation into the deconstruction of life drawing and figurative sculpture using the collection and extraction of medical data and the processes of 3D scanning and printing. Driven by a clear passion for process, Dave Farnham constantly explores new media and techniques throughout his practice and through emerging technologies he reinterprets the make-up of his subjects, recording and re-presenting their unique physiology within his artworks. He captures not simply a likeness, but the true physical nature of his sitter and exposes their ultimate corporeal fragility. The resultant works are an allegorical representation of life’s delicate, transient nature.

Farnham has been working in this way since 2013 and exploring the relatively new medium of 3D printing from its infancy. In 2015, he was selected as one of the recipients of the Wellcome Image Award for his sculptural piece, ‘Lungs inside a Ribcage’, which was made in response to the illness of a close friend. He has worked in collaboration with Kings College and Torbay Hospital to develop unique software and printing techniques which, in addition to his artwork, also have potential uses in the field of medicine. The works exhibited here are formed from a variety of medical data and the show is broken down into two categories: the macabre yet humorous, trophy-mounted pieces are extracted from CT scans donated by friends of the artist, all of whom have battled with some form of serious illness ranging from meningitis to cancer. The laser engravings are “self portraits”, made using the artist’s own full body MRI scan - these works subtly etch out the artist’s own internal make-up, and are engraved onto aluminium.

Dave Farnham works and lives in London with his young family. His practice has always sought to re-think traditional approaches to mark-making and sculpture; in previous bodies of work, he has used pyrotechnic fuse wire to “draw” with, depicting light and dark within varying compositions. The group of works found in Corpus faithfully continue these lines of enquiry as Farnham continues to develop and explore new fields of interest. – ‘Corpus’ press release, ‘Wilderness Projects’.

Prizes:
2018 - Finalist - 'Dentons Art Prize 6.0'
2015 - Finalist - Wellcome Image Awards 2015
2014 - Finalist - 'Neo:Printprize 2014' - Print Prize.
2012 - Finalist - Beyondmemory, Celeste Network, Florence.
2011 - Finalist - Jerwood Drawing Prize, London.
2004 - Winner - 'Prospects Drawing Competition' - Tea Building, London.

Solo Exhibitions:
2018 - 'Corpus' - Wilderness Projects, Studio 90, London.
2008 - 'Dulce et Decorum est' - SevenSeven Gallery, London.

Curatorial Practice:
2007 - 'Projektar' - SevenSeven Gallery – co-curated with The Projection Gallery, London.
2006 - 'No-ship' - SevenSeven Gallery – co-curated with Jay Patel, London.
2004 - ‘Halbes Haus’ - Three Colts Gallery – co-curated with Boo Ritson, London.

Selected Exhibitions:
2018 - 'Dentons Art Prize 6.0', London.
2018 - ‘Polluted Postcards’ - Devonport Guildhall, Plymouth.
2018 - 'Corpus' - Wilderness Projects, Studio 90, London.
2017 - 'Winter Salon' - Rye Creative Centre, 24th Nov - 9th Dec, Rye, East Sussex.
2017 - 'Antennae' - Angus Hughes Gallery, 12-14th May, London.
2017 - 'Simulacrum // (Re-)Creating Life' - Flux Events at Lights of Soho (artist talk curated by Oliver Gingrich) London.
2017 - '10th Anniversary of Kinetica' - Ugly Duck, 17-19th Feb 2017, London. (Video link)
2017 - 'Space to Breathe' - River Rooms, New Wing at Somerset House 28/29th January 2017. (Video link)
2017 - 'Making Transit' - 'Imaging the Invisible' - Artist Talk, The Cube, London.
2016 - 'Summer Salon' - Angus Hughes Gallery, London.
2016 - 'Process and Preparation' - Stone Space Gallery, London.
2016 - 'danube Video Art Festival' - Stadtkino Grein, Austria.
2015 - 'The Collective' - The House of St Barnabas, Soho, London.
2015 - London Bridge Live Arts Talk - with Flavio Dell’Acqua, chaired by Jennifer Crouch, Underdog Art Gallery, London.
2015 - 'Summer Salon' - Angus Hughes Gallery, London.
2015 - 'Wellcome Image Awards 2015' - venues across the UK and USA.
2015 - 'The Collective' - The House of St Barnabas, Soho, London.
2014 - 'Neo:Printprize 2014' - neo:gallery22, The Market Place, Bolton.
2013 - 'Wellcome Images' - Online portfolio of 3D prints, photographs taken by Wellcome Images.
2012 - 'Digital Performances' - Fonlad Festival, Web Art Center, Portugal. 
2012 - 'Beyondmemory' - Celeste Network, Studio Marangoni Gallery, Florence.
2011 - 'Nos gusta Santander' - Foconorte, Spain.
2011 - 'Les Télévision' - French Riviera, London.
2011 - 'Drawing Crowds' - The Stone Space, London.
2012 - 'Jerwood Drawing Prize'- BayArt, Cardiff.
2012 - 'Jerwood Drawing Prize'-Lanchester Gallery, Coventry. 
2011 - 'Jerwood Drawing Prize' - Jerwood Space, London. 
2011 - 'On Your Marks' - BBC Big Screen, Walthamstow. 
2011 - 'Connection Point London' - The Nunnery Gallery, London.
2011 - 'Scope Basel' - Guillochon Gallery, Basel, Switzerland
2011 - 'Smile For London' - online video/animation competition – shortlisted.
2010 - ‘Visions in the Nunnery 2010’ - The Nunnery Gallery, London.
2010 - ‘At home; in public’ - BBC Big Screen - E17 Arts Trail Festival, London.
2010 - 'Rage' - FAT Toronto Alternative Fashion Week, Canada.
2010 - Can You Hear It? - The Nunnery Gallery, London.
2010 - 'Magmart/Video Under Volcano' - PAN international video exhibition, Italy.
2010 - 'Print Now 2' – Bearspace Gallery, London.
2010 - ‘Supermarket 2010' - Stockholm Art Fair - SevenSeven Gallery, Sweden.
2009 - 'Videoholica 2nd Edition’ - International Video Art Festival, Bulgaria.
2009 - ‘Fault Line: Art in the Age of Anxiety’ - The Nunnery Gallery, London.
2009 - ‘Visions in the Nunnery 09’ - The Nunnery Gallery, London.
2009 - Lumen Evolution Festival 2009 - The Projection Gallery, Leeds.
2008 - 'Half the Story' - auction in aid of St Joseph’s Hospice, London.
2007 - 'Peer Esteem' - Five Years - Regent Studios, London.
2007 - 'Action!' - The Projection Gallery @ v22 Ashwin Street, London.
2007 - '(Deviant)' - Art Festival, Sweden.
2006 - 'You'll Never Know: Drawing and Random Interference' - Hayward Gallery Touring.
2006 - 'Liverpool Biennale – exhibited with The Projection Gallery, Liverpool.
2004 - 'XS' - FA Projects, London.
2004 - 'Platform' - 291 Gallery, London.
2003 - 'Viva Las Lime' - Limehouse Arts, London.
2002 - 'Notably' - Pump House Gallery, London.
2002 - 'ISCA' - International Group Show, Lisbon, Portugal.

Publications:
'You'll Never Know: Drawing and Random Interference' – Hayward Publishing (ISBN 1853322547)

Interviews:
2017 - 'Meet the Artist' - Interview with Muriel Resnik, Singulart.
2017 - 'Space to Breathe' - King's College London, Interview by Ottilie Thornhill.
2015 - London Bridge Live Arts Talk - with Flavio Dell’Acqua, chaired by Jennifer CrouchUnderdog Art Gallery, London.
2012 - 'Camera Obscura' - Interview with Gonzalo Benard.
2012 - 'All Bright on the Western Front' - DailyMail online. 

Education:
2002 - 2003 - Fine Art Practice and Theory (MA), Middlesex University, London.
1998 - 2002 - Fine Art (BA Hons), BCUC, Buckinghamshire.

Work:
2016 - 'Beyond the Balcony' - Technical Advisor to Brook and BlackAshmolean, Museum of Art and Archaeology, Oxford.
2014 - Present - After Effects, External Tutor, Regents University, London.
2007 - Present - Studio Print Technician, Julian Opie Studios, London.
2011 – 2013 - After Effects, Visiting Tutor, American Intercontinental University, London.
2004 - 2007 - Junior Designer, Golden Square Post Production, Soho, London.

Courses:
2015 - BioPrinting: 3D Printing Body Parts. Online course at Australian Institute for Innovative Materials, University of Wollongong. 
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