|David J Batchelor lives and works in London and studied at both the Chelsea College of Art and Design and the Norwich School of Art.
He is currently a senior lecturer in Fine Art at the Chelsea College of Art and Design. In his more recent works Batchelor explores the boundaries of 2D imagery and 3Diamentional structure. He talks about updating a tradition of collage and assemblage going back to Kurt Schwitters in the early part of the 20th century and taking it into a new realm.
In these works you are invited to witness scenes collaged from brief encounters of everyday life. These scenes are fabricated spaces that may remind us of an experience past or present. The works shown here are redolent of structures that are dropped into the landscape as temporary habitats. These works sit between the two worlds of construction and deconstruction.
The whole experience for Batchelor is often what he calls a “Freudian clash….I don’t attempt to make a narrative, but it just happens. It verges on the chaos theory making order out of the unordered”. Batchelor adopts an intuitive approach to making the pieces. Fragments of painting are combined with photography, then digitally manipulated and pasted onto collaged structures made out of redundant furniture. This assemblage is then repainted and bound with other materials such as coloured tape. The images become detached from their original context.
Looking at the work we find ourselves slipping between the image and the space both real and imagined, offering a sense of displacement to the viewer. On one hand you are drawn into the macro world of events and then on the other you are kept at bay. Not quite a voyeur but an observer.