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SOUND ARTISTS, HARRY YEFF AND TRUNG BAO, TRANSFORM VOICES INTO GEM STONES IN LANDMARK EXHIBITION

The new 400 square metre immersive gallery will present wall-to-wall digital gemstone artworks from a selection of the VOICE GEM archive...

DIGITAL LEGACIES

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SPEECH RECOGNITION: THE VOICE GEM SYSTEM OF HARRY YEFF & TRUNG BAO

In a basement gallery under London's Oxford Street, Jeremy Allen discovers a cache of precious stones formedfromthe voices of Ai Weiwei, Lily Cole and Sir Geoff Hurst

GENERATING GEMSTONES FROM VOICE – VOICE GEMS: 1000 YEAR ARCHIVE IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCE

Pioneering artists Harry Yeff and Trung Bao opened an immersive experience in the basement of Flannels’ Oxford Street shop. VOICE GEMS: 1000 YEAR ARCHIVE is a unique...

Ian Davenport was born in Kent, England, in 1966. He graduated from Goldsmiths College of Art, London, in 1988 and as one of the generation of Young British Artists; he participated in the seminal 1988 exhibition Freeze. In 1991 he was shortlisted for the Turner Prize, for which he remains the youngest ever nominee, and in 1999 was a prize winner in the John Moores Exhibition, Liverpool. Two years after graduating Davenport had his first solo show at Waddington Galleries, London, in 1990.

Ian Davenport is well known for his abstract paintings, which explore process and materiality. In recent years his work has consisted of carefully poured lines of acrylic paint down a surface, which puddle and pool at the bottom. This technique allows him to explore complex arrangements of line and colour. Over the past ten years he has turned his attention to screen-printing and etching, building up an impressive body of graphic work.

Davenport has exhibited extensively across the world, including major institutional shows at Dundee Contemporary Arts (1999); Ikon Gallery, Birmingham (2004); Tate Liverpool (2000) and Dallas Contemporary, Texas (2018). He has completed major commissions including Poured Lines: Southwark Street, London (2006), a 48 metre wide painting on a bridge which is one of the largest permanent public artworks in the UK. At the 2017 Venice Biennale he presented an installation of over 1,000 stripes, a commission by Swatch, together with a Swatch Art special watch. In 2016 he hand-painted a series of porcelain plates in collaboration with Meissen, commissioned by South London Gallery, designed a special edition bag for Christian Dior's Lady Art project. In 2010 he completed a residency programme at The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation in Connecticut, USA.

His work is held in important museum collections including, Arts Council of Great Britain; Tate, London; Centre Pompidou, Paris; National Museum Wales, Cardiff; Von der Heydt Museum, Wuppertal; Museum of Modern Art, La Spezia; Borusan Art Gallery, Istanbul; Museum of Modern Art, New York and Dallas Museum of Art, Texas. The first monograph of his work was published by Thames & Hudson in 2014.

Cristea Roberts Gallery is the exclusive worldwide representative for Ian Davenport's original prints.

Ian Davenport lives and works in London.

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