Enrico David

1966, Italy ; lives and works in London


Many strange bodies, as if caught in a process of transformation, fill Enrico David’s works. These often fragmented figures emerge from the drawing to inhabit a space in the making, somewhere between abstraction and figuration, because, according to the artist, they are “not yet ready to come into the world”.
So a sculpture rearing up from the floor seems to be frozen, even though it is barely sketched. Room for a Small Head (Nadia) (2013) is akin to the most minimal aspects of a body; a curve for the legs, a trunk and two hollows for the eyes. Further on, a bronze silhouette, Untitled (2015), rests in a precarious balance against the wall. The details of its face are traced in the metal, but its body —a flattened volume— remains latent. For E. David: “The body is a pulsating unknown, always a new vehicle of transformation. Sometimes it feels like a fresh ruin in need of maintenance, sometimes an instrument of magic that rubs against a world upon which it tries to establish possibilities”. On the wall, the canvas Presagio/Foreboding (2015) shows a face pierced by the solid geometric sequence which seems to have created it, while eyes and a mouth barely puncture the pink evanescence of Untitled (2017). These vulnerable and disquieting figures develop in a physical and psychological interstice, where the animal, vegetable and human are interwoven. In this way, E. David is developing a study of the motif, be it geometric or biomorphic, and also making use of tapestry and casts. This is illustrated by the set of bas-reliefs Untitled (2014), where black repeated forms have been affixed on the plaster, expressing the work of the line and the permanent toing and froing of the artist between layout and matter.

Avec le soutien de / with the support of Fluxus Art Projects

Presagio / Foreboding, 2015

Frac Bretagne

Acrylic on canvas

Collezione Maramotti, Reggio Emilia.
With the support of Fluxus Art Projects


Room for a Small Head (Nadia), 2013

Frac Bretagne

Bronze

Courtesy of the artist and Michael Werner Gallery, New York & London.
With the support of Fluxus Art Projects


Untitled, 2017

Frac Bretagne

Acrylic on canvas

Courtesy of the artist and Michael Werner Gallery, New York & London.
With the support of Fluxus Art Projects.


Untitled, 2014

Frac Bretagne

Untitled
Untitled
Untitled
Untitled

Jesmonite, pigments, fibre tissue

Courtesy of the artist and Michael Werner Gallery, New York & London.
With the support of Fluxus Art Projects.


Untitled, 2015

Frac Bretagne

Bronze

Courtesy of the artist and Michael Werner Gallery, New York & London
With the support of Fluxus Art Projects