David McDowell — Image Irresolution

Posted on March 6, 2014

David McDowell creates screenprints as a form of photomontage.

David McDowell is fascinated with the phenomenology of the perceptual experience of obscure or evasive or irresolute or even dissolute pictures.
His recent artworks are screenprints the imagery for which is derived from photographic images he has taken at many different times and in diverse locations. He uses screenprinting as a form of photomontage – by making individual screens from different photograph sources and partially printing these over one another.
The resulting screenprints, while photographic to an extent and therefore still imbued with the vestige of photography’s facticity, are less than representationally certain. This lack of certainty reflects his interest in what happens when we encounter visual prospects that cannot quite recognise and are consequently caught up in the experience of visual perception itself, rather than the cognitive outcomes that it mostly stem from it seemingly immediately.
The awareness of the experience of the visual perception of his screenprints is further encouraged by his use colour and dithering or halftone screens to make their surfaces optically quite active. That opticality also interferes to a certain extent with their furtive representation content.

David McDowell completed a PhD in fine art at the Victorian College of the Arts in 2013. He previously studied a Bachelor of Fine Art (Printmaking) and a Master of Fine Art (Photomedia) at the Tasmanian School of Art.

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