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Meet the artist: David Ogle

02.02.2018
We talk to David Ogle to discuss his latest installation at the campus, Loomings.

Head to Kingdom Square in February to discover this free outdoor exhibition and experience the warming glow of Ogle’s smoke and LED light-created pieces.

Flood | David Ogle, 2015 | purple smoke pyrotechnics | landscape installation (high resolution digital video installation: 3min36sec) | part of Loomings: produced by: Mark Devereux Projects | image: Andrew Brooks

Our art curator, Rosie Glenn, met with the artist on campus to uncover the inspiration behind the installation and began by asking David more about the places in which he creates the scenes for his dramatic photography.

David, it’s great to welcome you to Paddington Central to chat more about your artwork. Looking at these pieces from Loomings, the landscapes captured are very powerful. Tell me more about your connection with these spaces.

Thanks Rosie. Yes, my response to each location is a crucial element of these artworks. My aim is to capture the movement of the elements – and sometimes the people – across these beautiful and remote places. For me it’s a kind of performance, using impermanent elements such as LED lights and smoke, I find I can capture the essence of the space while my photographer, Andrew Brooks, documents the scene I create.

And all within the great tradition of British landscape painting?

Yes, there is an echo of artists such as Turner within my work, I’m a great admirer of the late-eighteenth and nineteenth century Romantic tradition of landscape painting.

Walking further around, I’m captivated by the vibrant colours and the incredible spectacle offered, it seems you’re offering the viewer an immersive environment in which to encounter the works?

Yes, this is another vital aspect of my creative practice. Set here in this external space, the artwork creates an oasis of light, through which the viewer can explore and experience my artwork. Entering a dream-like setting, bathed in a vibrant glow, Loomings helps people to feel set-apart from the hustle and bustle of everyday encounters, to recharge and unwind – perfect for this time of year!

About David Ogle
David Ogle (b.1987) graduated from Lancaster University with a 1st class BA in Fine Art History and Practice in 2009 and an MA with a Distinction in Contemporary Arts Research in 2012. David Ogle’s work has been exhibited extensively in the UK and Europe, with notable solo exhibitions and commissions including: Lumen (York St. John University – Illuminating York), In Another Light (Croft Castle, Herefordshire, UK – The National Trust) and Subterranean: Sculpture Shock (The Vaults, London – The Royal British Society of Sculptors).

Loomings has been produced and curated by Mark Devereux Projects (markdevereuxprojects.com) alongside Regent’s Place’s art curator, Rosie Glenn (rosieglenn.co.uk).

On display in Kingdom Square daily to 16th February.