Monument to the Present
By Tom Dale for SCAPE Public Art Season 2018
UK-based artist Tom Dale contributes three works to SCAPE Season 2018: two works made in Ōtautahi, a sculpture Monument to the Present and a video work The Red Zone, plus an earlier video work A Cage for Voices. This new sculptural work emerged after Dale spent time in Ōtautahi and Monument to the Present emerged from his observation of the challenges of having many voices and many perspectives vying to be heard, often representing conflicting ideas and imperatives. The imagery informing the silhouetted gesturing and pointing have been drawn from archival and contemporary media images from Canterbury and from existing figurative memorials in the city.
Tom Dale explores ideas around the preposterous and absurd, using sculptures and film to make explicit the inherent contradictions of the grand gestures of culture and society. Dale is based in London. He studied Sculpture at Sheffield Hallam University (1997), received an MFA at Goldsmiths (2007) and was a doctoral researcher at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge from 2009 – 2013. Solo exhibitions include: Black Attols, NIMAC, Nicosia, Cyprus (2015-2016); Department of the Interior, Copperfield, London (2014); Terminal Blue, John Hansard Gallery, Southampton (2014); Zero is Immense, Aid & Abet, Cambridge (2013), Arnolfini & Art in the Public Realm permanent sculpture commission, Bristol (2013); Formal Pleasure, CAN, Neuchatel, Switzerland (2012); Memorial Drag Strip, Poppy Sebire Gallery, London (2011); Shot Through, IFC Cinema, New York (2010); Six Flags, Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw (2008); Back Seat Driver, City Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand (2007). Group exhibitions include: Trio Biennale, Rio, Brazil (2015); Take You There Radio, Magasin Centre National d’Art Contemporain, Grenoble (2015); The Written City, Bruges Triennial (2015); L’Hospice des Mille-Cuisses, CAN, Neuchatel, Switzerland (2015); The Art of Pop Video, FACT, Liverpool (2013); Curator's Egg Altera Pars, Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London (2012); The Art of Pop Video, Museum of Applied Arts, Cologne (2011); UR-NOW: The Ruins of the Contemporary, Whitstable Biennale (2010); Deceitful Moon, Hayward Gallery London (2009); Videonale 12, Kunst Museum, Bonn (2009); 13+, Florence Llynch gallery, New York (2008); Reckless Behaviour, The Getty Museum, L.A. (2006).