David Gooding

David Gooding is a sculptor whose work ranges from small object-based sculptures to large-scale installations made for specific sites. He has participated in a number of international residencies in recent years and has exhibited in Britain, Ireland, Holland, Germany, Finland, Georgia, New Zealand and USA.

He has worked in many and various materials but specialises in experimental metal casting, with a poetic, rather than monumental, conceptual bias.  He is interested in the casting process as alchemy; as a vehicle of transformation and metamorphosis, rather than as a means of mere replication. Much of David's work is concerned with the dialogue between the worlds of 'natural' and 'man-made' things, and with the ambiguities and contradictions posited by 'rural' versus 'urban' conceptions of our surroundings. In recent site-responsive artworks he has made environments dislocated from the 'real' world by change of scale or context, juxtaposing organic forms with domestic objects and industrial materials; his aim being to evoke a sense of the poetry of things and places.

David trained at Canterbury College of Art, and was based at Bristol Sculpture Shed for several years before moving to set up his own studio and foundry in the Forest of Dean in 1997.

Sculpture

Breath

Breath

Breath, 2001, Aluminium

Hot Box

Hot Box

Hot Box, 2002, Iron

Mesopotamia

Mesopotamia

Mesopotamia, 2001, Iron and Bronze

Installation

Genus ferrus

Genus ferrus

Genus ferrus, 2002, Iron (installation detail)

In the vernacular

In the vernacular

In the vernacular, 2003, Bronze, mixed media (installation detail)

In arcadia

In arcadia

In arcadia, 2004, Iron, mixed media (installation detail)