These works — isolated details of Venice — at once celebrate the crumbling charm of Venice, whilst simultaneously raising concerns over its future, and the damage caused by the rising level of both the Adriatic and mass tourism. Read more on the dedicated webpage.
An exhibition that explored the concept of the surface. Created using non-traditional methods and painted on unconventional surfaces, these repetitive, layered artworks are unified by their exclusive depiction of water. From heavily layered oil paintings created outdoors over several years, to miniature gouache artworks painted on matchboxes or coffee grinder drawers.
These are artworks made from ordinary objects that speak of function and familiarity: tabletops, drawer bases, trunk lids, roadsigns, books & papers. Aged items and objects that describe a lifetime of use in their worn grains – a kind of repetition that is mirrored in the marks of each piece, the obsessive documentation of a singular subject.
Work for this exhibition started in August 2013: Cass re-visited Tuscany, and spent time in Lucca - spending days on the streets, drawing, in a new style, using only pen and paper, with little paint, drawn to architectural features, combining a new-found desire to draw city-scenes with his attraction to the image of water. Cass has worked on and off in Florence since graduating in 2010.
Many of the flood related artworks that made up this show were literal depictions, however, taken as a whole, these pieces imagine and exaggerate - particularly in the case of his Overpaintings.
Press Release: Tonight Rain, Tomorrow Mud features mostly paper-based artworks, created at home in Scotland, in France, Italy & Spain. Many of these are simplified pen drawings and watercolours, created on location, on the streets of Lucca, on Ile d'Yeu. But the great majority of these works were created in the studio. My artwork has always been concerned with water, and most of these new works tackle inundation as a theme. I’ve spent the last eighteen months creating literal depictions of great floods, scenes of inundation and destruction: paintings of Paris in flood (1910), and of Florence in flood (1966).
Paintings, drawings, overpaintings & film. Artworks that imagine & exaggerate scenes of inundation and destruction: the great Florence flood of November 1966. Inspired by photographic documentation - from press, postcards, residents' photographs - and from imagination, Cass painted scenes with antique paints, on antique papers, card & wood.
An exhibition created in collaboration with artist Stephen Kavanagh. The artists drove the works to Italy from Stephen's studio in Fife, Scotland.
"Years of Dust & Dry, an exhibition which demonstrates a maturing artistic vision, and further establishes Cass' reputation."
This show sees an expansion and development of his ideas, a journey where Cass pushes the boundaries of painting on found objects and broadens his subject matter to encompass new areas, real and imagined. Watch a preview of the exhibition by DBonnarFilms.
Cass & Charlotte Nieuwenhuys both attended the Edinburgh College of Art, one year apart. He began working with Charlotte whilst living in Brussels in 2010 + 2011. This exhibition was in part homage to Chapelier Fou's sound piece Right Place and Time Left, but also an exhibition in which the artists each explored their relationship with the city of Brussels.
Painted upon surfaces sourced from the Flea Markets and Antique Shops of Brussels, Florence & Edinburgh, this collection of artworks told the story of Cass' travels immediately after graduation.
The Solar Pavilion was artist Karen Forbe's vision. This unique structure was built in Edinburgh's St. Andrew's square. Film screenings took place throughout the Edinburgh Festival, including a pair of films David Cass created in collaboration with artist Joseph Calleja entitled Out of Site. More information available on request.
Funded by the Royal Scottish Academy and Arts Trust Scotland, When The Moon Hits Your Eye was a group show of nine Royal Scottish Academy John Kinross Scholars, in Shoreditch Town Hall Basement. Cass's installation included film, photography, and small-scale paintings.
David Cass graduated from Edinburgh College of Art with first class honours in June 2010. His degree show installation showcased his very first five found object based paintings, alongside two sculptural wall-pieces.