Exhibitions hosted by Meet Art Space in Taipei Taiwan 2017 / 2018
Fantasy has been an integral part of art since its beginnings, but has been particularly important in mannerism, magic realist painting, romantic art, symbolism, surrealism and lowbrow. In French, the genre is called ‘le fantastique’, in English it is sometimes referred to as ‘visionary art’, ‘grotesque art’ or ‘mannerist art’. It has had a deep and circular interaction with fantasy literature.
The subject matter of Fantastic Art may resemble the product of hallucinations. Salvador Dalí famously said: "the only difference between me and a madman is that I am not mad". Some recent Fantastic Art draws on the artist's experience, or purported experience, of hallucination.
The term Fantasy Art is closely related, and is applied primarily to recent art (typically 20th century onwards) inspired by, or illustrating, fantasy literature. The term has acquired some pejorative overtones.
Fantastic art has traditionally been largely confined to painting and illustration, but since the 1970s has increasingly been found also in photography. Fantastic art explores fantasy, imagination, the dream state, the grotesque, visions and the uncanny, as well as so-called "Goth" art.
An exploration of ink in water collisions.
Sometimes photography without context is enough - sometimes the lack of context gives depth to a picture, a resonance, gives us the space to examine the banality of the subject and its inherent beauty.
I hope my art elicits a response in you, good or bad that's OK
Street Photography (Taipei)
David has been focused on developing a fine art style of his own in portraiture and street photography, finding expression through humanities and their environment to bring visual stories. “You have to live in place to really feel its rhythm, observe peoples mannerisms and expressions that reveal the story inside.”
Having worked exclusively in industrial, product and food photography bringing some 20+ years of photography experience and skills, where he has also found expression through some techniques used in photography and brought them to the fore in visual expression.
David continues to develop; there is always something new to see and create, to bring a mutual understanding and storytelling of image making in Taiwan.
Introduced into Street Photography by Hubert Kilian in Taipei, here is a selection of street photography by David Thompson, taken after dark and into the small hours of the night to reveal some everyday/night aspects seen around Taipei.
Dynamic Fluid Sculptures
Born of product advertising, creating splashes with water, paint, oil, liquor, milk and powder that are used to create visual appetite to a product promotion, these creative processes of making organic shapes in flight appear to bend the laws of gravity, producing smooth, dynamic sculptural forms that blur the lines between fine art and commercial photography.
Taken out of the frame of commercial photography David has found there is a profound emotional self-expression of something that always has an unknown outcome and delivering surprising results. Much like the Abstract Expressionist of the 1950’s who filled their canvases with colour and abstract forms deriving from subconscious actions to later find the aesthetic in expression, balance and colour.
Here fluids are cast from the hand in unregulated actions as only humans can do, movement, speed, distance, volume, viscosity, temperature, all play a part to the final capture of the spontaneous air born sculptures frozen in time and space.
The Promise of Something New
Taipei is one of the most rapidly developing cities in the world, notably seen in its infrastructure and urbanization projects.
I'm drawn to the dynamic and specialized feats in engineering and its new architecture.
My view is to capture this rapid dynamic development in an expressive and abstract way to convey its energy and substantive mass as an art-form, but also expressing a feeling of everything that is forsaken in its path.
We all evolve, embrace the new, whether it's with acceptance of forced upon us, but the new is not all as it appears, lacking in responsibility as it can displace community, isolate, makes sterile, creates voids and emptiness.
The bricks and mortar that have recorded and echo the generations are so easily crumbled to rubble only to be forgotten for...
' The Promise of Something New'