Biography

David Stamp is an artist based in Rotterdam (NL).  He graduated with a BA (hons) in Fine Art from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in 2000.  He also completed a MA Fine Art at The Piet Zwart Institute in 2009.  Along side his own practice he currently organises exhibitions and public events as part of the curatorial team of Sils Project Space.

David Stamp’s practice is concerned with how we related to objects.  He is interested in exploring the ways in which we view and use objects and the means in which this can affect our behavior.  Within this exploration there is a particular focus on the materiality of objects, the activities attributed to them and what we project onto them.  By combining sculpture, video and photography Stamp makes constellations of works that reflect on each others presences. Mixing such things as geometry, references to cultural history and bite-sized pieces of scientific information Stamp’s work seeks to question the object formally, socially and ideologically.

As a modus operandi Stamp is interested in the act of simultaneous celebration and derision, which is the foundation of carnivalesque humor. Viewing it as a means of critique, which sees value in the thing it undermines, Stamp uses it as a means to investigate how it can create a context that questions the way we associate with objects. 

Education:

2007-2009
MA Fine Art, Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam, (Netherlands).

1997-2000
BA (Hons) Fine Art - Sculpture, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, Dundee, (Scotland).

Solo Exhibitions:

2011
Brak 2.5 - The Which, The Where, The When, The How, Duende, Rotterdam (Netherlands).

2006
Reach, Glasgow Project Room, Glasgow, (Scotland).

2005
Bartertown, Taigh Chearsabhagh, North Uist, (Scotland).

2004
Fördömda Kanin, vsf, EmergeD, Glasgow, (Scotland).

Group Exhibitions:

2012
Riding The Cosmotractor, Kunsthuis SYB, Beetsterzwaag (Netherlands)
Inexactly This, Kunstvlaai, Amsterdam  - with Upominki, Rotterdam (Netherlands)
Here The Ground Wavers Not, Duende Studios, Rotterdam (Netherlands)

2011
Stock Exchange, Atelier/Studio DreiEck, Vienna (Austria)
Parade, Abbaye Notre-Dame De Quincy (France)
Also Here A Red Line Is Painted On The Wall, Hedah, Maastricht (Netherlands)

2010
Worx, l’Orangerie, Yrouerre (France)
Liberty Control, Duende Studios, Rotterdam (Netherlands)Quiet Is The New Loud, Hotel Maria Kapel, Hoorn (Netherlands)
Play/Stop/Pause, Havenkwartier, Deventer (Netherlands)

2009
And The Wood Said Burn Me, A-Locatie, Rotterdam (Netherlands)
La Maison Dieu, Hotel Dieu, Tonnerre, (France)
Windows 2009, Charlois public art project, Rotterdam (Netherlands)
Neveroddoreven, Tent, Rotterdam (Netherlands)
D. Brunen D. Stamp M. In’t Veld, L.P. Hendriks, Rotterdam (Netherlands)
Echt Thema, NP3, Groningen (Netherlands) 

2008
The Heroic, The Former Photomuseum, Rotterdam (Netherlands)
Open Art, Örebro (Sweden)
Kunstvlaai, Gasholder, Amsterdam (Netherlands) - with the Piet Zwart Institute 

2007
Cross Current, 809, Calgary (Canada)
Barrel Push, Deviant Art Festival, Trollhatten (Sweden) 

2006
Bartertown, Upslands Gallery, Melbourne (Australia) 

2004
Each And Every Way, Limousine Bull, Aberdeen (Scotland)
Best In Show, The Embassy Gallery, Edinburgh (Scotland)
The Kevinspacey Show, Gis, Glasgow (Scotland)
The Reading Room, Sherborne House, Dorset (England) 

Publications: 

2010
Coming Soon No1, Gazebo - Gallery for Public Spaces, Vienna

2009
Neveroddoreven, published alongside the exhibition Neveroddoreven, in collaboration with Nienke Terpsma (Fucking Good Art) & Jack Henrie Fisher, Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam 

2008
The Heroic, published alongside the exhibition The Heroic, in collaboration with David Bennewith & Sandra Kassenaar, Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam 

2006
6 Day Wiseman, Trajectory Publications 2006/07 Collection, Glasgow (Scotland)

Screenings/Film Festivals:

2008
All Or Nothing, CCA, Glasgow (Scotland)

Awards:

2006
Scottish Arts Council Creative Development Grant 

2005
Scottish Arts Council Creative Development Grant 

2004
Scottish Arts Council Creative Development Grant 

Residencies: 

2012
Kunsthuis SYB, Beetsterzwaag (Netherlands)

2011
Foundation B.A.D., Rotterdam, (Netherlands) 

2010
Hotel Maria Kapel, Hoorn (Netherlands) 

2009
Short-listed for International Residency 2009-10 at the Darling Foundry, Montreal (Canada) 

2007
Filmmaker-in -Residence, Fablevision, Glasgow (Scotland)

2006
Short-listed for Material World Artist-in-Residence, GOMA, Glasgow (Scotland) 

2003
Short-listed for a residency at Nordiska Akvarellmuseet, Tjörn (Sweden)
Short-listed for Scartlab 1 at ACA, Allenheads (England) 

Curatorial Projects:

from 2010
Sils Project Space - Rotterdam (www.silsprojects.info) 

2009
L.P. Hendriks - Rotterdam 

2003-05
Market Gallery - Glasgow (www.marketgallery.org.uk) 

Memberships:

from 2011
Member of Duende Studios & Duende Activities Committee