° 1969, Ballarat (AU) – lives and works in London (UK)
David Noonan transforms black and white or sepia found imagery into striking collages and large-scale silk-screened tableaux on linen or films. He collects photographs, archival documents and magazines and books relating to utopian collectives in the 1960s and 70s, theatre and dance performances, or art education, and layers selected images with others of plants, animals and buildings. Histories fuse. Any sense of time and place is blurred or displaced. The multiple appropriations blend realism, mystery and myth. The fabrics he uses as the ground for the silk-screens are rough in texture and often patched or folded. Many contain printed patterns that are inspired by Japanese textiles. Noonan also produces panelled, figurative sculptures in which cut out silhouettes of performers act out grand gestures.
(courtesy of Xavier Hufkens)
Noonan has been the subject of solo exhibitions at the Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis; Australian Centre for Contemporary Art; Melbourne; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; and Centre for Contemporary Art, Adelaide; and Chisenhale Gallery, London. He has also been included in group exhibitions at notable institutions including the Palais des Beaux Arts, Paris; Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; Tate Modern, London; MOCA, Chicago; Zabludowicz Collection; London; and CAPC, Bordeaux. In 2009, his work was included in the group show Altermodern, as part of the Tate Triennial, Tate Britain, London.
David Noonan is represented by the following galleries;
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