David Somers is a Luxemborg-based visual artist from London, England, whose artworks manifest his interest in cultural meeting zones, hybridity and the third space.
In his unique approach, he take contemporary post-colonial theory and instead of applying its concepts to community structures he applies them to a visual world. Cultural interactions in a society are alluded to by figure/figure interactions in a pictorial space. The result is a simple but complex conceptual representation. His artworks are a bisection of visual space into chromatic planes that demand scrutiny and consideration. These visual interactions results in a third space that may allude either to a transcending greatness, understood within systems theory as how the sum may be greater than its parts, or to a deepening separation, understood within a zero-sum game as how one person's gain is equivalent to another person's loss. It has been said that my art "provides a fascinating instrument for reflection," and given contemporary political and social events, they offers an opportunity for critical observation.
Somers' practice is executed using different media and incorporates a trinity of repetition, series, and ontological reduction through micro-, mesa-, and macro-viewpoints. At the micro-level, instead of discrete artworks, he makes repetitive "captures" of a visual state each component piece simultaneously unique but also repetitive in nature. A batch of these "repeats" becomes a meso-viewpoint. These are configured as a “set” where he is layering the inherent visual tones to create a complex visual chord; the balancing of chromaticism with disconnected neighboring tones. This process is repeated. With each iteration, another batch of "repeats", and another resulting "set". Gradually, these "sets" of "repeats" build on each other to provide a macro-viewpoint and a glimpse of a resulting continuum towards ontological reduction.
2017: MA Visual Art (Fine Art Digital), University of the Arts London, Camberwell College of Arts, London, UK.
2015: BSc (Hons) Design and Innovation, The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK.
2017: Postgraduate Summer Show 2017, Camberwell College of Arts, London, UK.
2016: intermission at CSUS, London, UK.
2016: Postgraduate Summer Show 2016 [interim display], Camberwell College of Arts, London, UK.
2016: Everyone Should Paint A Black Square At Least Once In Their Life, RAUM Gallery, London, UK.
2015: We ALL Draw, Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf, London, UK.
2015: A Pop-Up Show, Camberwell, London, UK.
2017: Peer reviewer for JAWS.
Somers is a member of the International Society of Typographic Designers (MISTD), a member of the British Computer Society (MBCS), and a Chartered IT Professional (CITP).