Fresh Milk recently announced the artist chosen for this year’s Fresh Milk ArtBoard, St. Martin-born, Martinique-based artist David Gumbs [see work above]. The three runners-up selected or this edition are: “For your Viewing Pleasure” by Shanice Smith (Trinidad) and Dominique Hunter (Guyana); “How to kill a soundboy” by Leasho Johnson (Jamaica); and “A bit of what you fancy” by Oneika Russell (Jamaica). These pieces are featured in Fresh Milk’s exhibition entitled Resonance, which is on view from August 28 to 31 in the Fresh Milk studio.
David Gumbs is a multimedia artist from the island of Saint-Martin. His research investigates the spectator’s perception and mental landscape.
Gumbs’ artistic approach is based on a famous quotation from XVIIth century French philosopher and chemist Antoine Lavoisier: «Mass is neither gained nor lost, merely transformed». Thus, life’s cycle, infinite scale, memory, and the Sacred, are themes that emerge from larger topics of interest such as inner/outer landscape, and offscreen. These immersed spaces reveal personal inner projections from the unconscious, thus emerging this «Mental Archeology» through spectator’s perception. His research focuses on the different feelings, emotions, and stimulations that build memory.
Discovering the Martinican and Cuban flora triggered a vivid passion for mythical forest Gods in island cultures. This was the beginning of an identity quest through the exploration of topics dealing with the offscreen of perception, and rhizome graphical macroscopic universes. His polymorphic art reveals the interbreeding and hybridization process in the collective and individual unconsciousness in Caribbean imagination.
The presented works are from the Offscreen and the Blossoms realtime interactive and generative video series. These images are created in realtime by using fractal data and user intervention that creates and transforms the patterns on the fly. The Blossoms series was created during David’s Davidoff Art Initiative Beijing residency in 2016, where tropical flora was used as a metaphor of air purification while the random animated patterns were growing and expanding on the city walls.
The Blossoms interactive installation was invited to be shown as part of the Special Projects of the Jamaica Biennial 2017. The «Water & Dreams» video was selected for the Relational Undercurrents exhibition at MOLAA, and was also shown at the Digital exhibition at the National Gallery of Jamaica.
For more information, see https://freshmilkbarbados.com/2017/08/24/the-fresh-milk-artboard-2017-featuring-work-by-david-gumbs/