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David Mabb

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PositionReader in Art and Programme Leader MFA Fine Art (Studio Practice)
Department Art
Email d.mabb (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone+44 (0)20 7919 7816
David Mabb

David Mabb is an artist who works with appropriated imagery to rethink the political implications of different aesthetic forms in modern art and design history. Recent work has focussed on the designs of 19th Century English interior designer, writer and socialist William Morris. Mabb’s interest in Morris stems from the social and political connotations of Morris’ work, the continued relevancy of Morris’ politics and the continuing market for Morris’ designs. Mabb’s interpretations or reconfigurations of Morris’ designs consider the relationship between Morris’ own thinking and other forms of cultural production.

Academic qualifications

  • BA Fine Art Goldsmiths College 1980
  • MA Fine Art Chelsea School of Art 1981

Teaching

  • 1989-1995 BA Fine Art, tutor, Birmingham Polytechnic/University of Central England
  • 1995-1997 MA Fine Art, Course Director, University of Central England

Professional projects

David Mabb’s work has been exhibited in solo shows at Handel Street Projects, London (2016); William Morris Gallery, London (2015); Focal Point Gallery, Southend on Sea (2014); Delaware Centre for the Contemporary Arts, Wilmington (2010); The Bluecoat, Liverpool (with Colin Darke (2009); Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius (2006); Art Gallery of Windsor, Ontario (2003) and Oakville Galleries, Ontario (2000). He curated Utopia Ltd. (with Mary-Ruth Walsh) at Wexford Art Centre and the Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda, Ireland (2011) and William Morris “Ministering to the Swinish Luxury of the Rich” at the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester (2004).

Featured publications

  • ‘Announcer’ Printed newspaper, produced in an edition 2000. Catalogue to accompany David Mabb's exhibition 'Announcer', Focal Point Gallery, Southend on Sea, 2014.
  • ‘Commodity Form: Colin Darke, The Capital Paintings; David Mabb, Rhythm 69’. Catalogue produced to accompany ‘Commodity Form’ at Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast, 2008.
  • ‘Mabb: Art into Everday Life’. Catalogue produced for solo exhibition at the Centre for Contemporary Art, Vilnius, Lithuania, 2006.
  • ‘David Mabb: William Morris in Jaipur. The Work of Art in the Context of Hand-made Reproduction’. Catalogue for ‘William Morris in Jaipur, published by Nature Morte, New Delhi, 2005.
  • ‘David Mabb: A Factory as it Might be or The Hall of Flowers’. Catalogue published by Windsor Art Gallery, Ontario 2003

Publications

Show/Exhibition

Perpetual Uncertainty, exhibition
Carpenter, Ele; Mabb, David; Crowe, Nick; Craighead, Alison and Schuppli, Susan. 2017. Perpetual Uncertainty, exhibition. In: "Perpetual Uncertainty", Bildmuseet, Sweden, 2 October 2016 - 15 January 2017.

Material Nuclear Culture, Exhibition
Carpenter, Ele; Mabb, David; Craighead, Alison; Crowe, Nick; Schuppli, Susan; Takeuchi, Kota and Erika, Kobayashi. 2016. Material Nuclear Culture, Exhibition. In: "Material Nuclear Culture", KARST Gallery, United Kingdom, 17 June - 13 August 2016.

About Two Worlds
Mabb, David. 2016. About Two Worlds. In: "About Two Worlds", Handel Street Projects, United Kingdom, 16 January – 20 February 2016.

Announcer
Mabb, David. 2015. Announcer. In: "Announcer", William Morris Gallery, United Kingdom, 27-June - 27 Sept 2015.

Rhythmus
Mabb, David. 2015. Rhythmus. In: "‘Graphics Interchange Format: 25 Years of Focal Point Gallery", FocalPoint Gallery, United Kingdom, 21 July - 19 September 2015.

Who Thinks the Future?
Mabb, David; Bilton, Joshua; Harvey-Regan, Darren; Moore, Jenny; Ounanian, Steven; Pickering, Kate and Warne Thomas, Charlotte. 2014. Who Thinks the Future?. Lewisham Art House, United Kingdom 26th September - 5th October 2014.

Announcer
Mabb, David. 2014. Announcer. Focal Point Gallery, Southend on Sea, United Kingdom 12th April 2014 -12th July 2014.

In England's Green and Pleasant Land
Mabb, David. 2014. In England's Green and Pleasant Land. In: "Mr and Mrs Andrews", Transition Gallery, 29 November - 21 December 2014.

Highlights from The Morris Kitsch Archive
Mabb, David; Syjuco, Stephanie; Slavick, Susanne and Lynn Waddell, Stacy. 2013. Highlights from The Morris Kitsch Archive. In: "Ornament and Crime", Ortega y Gasset Projects, United States, November 2nd – December 15th, 2013.

Regime Change Begins at Home
Mabb, David. 2013. Regime Change Begins at Home. In: "Regime Change Begins at Home", William Morrris Gallery, United Kingdom, 1st May - 28th July 2013.

David Mabb & Henrik Schrat
Mabb, David and Schrat, Henrik. 2013. David Mabb & Henrik Schrat. In: "LoBe", Berlin, Germany.

Bed Peace
Mabb, David. 2012. Bed Peace. In: "Dreamers of Dreams part of Late at Tate", Tate Britain, United Kingdom.

David Mabb
Mabb, David. 2011. David Mabb. In: "Artist of the Day", Flowers, United Kingdom, 29/6/11.

Utopia Ltd
Mabb, David and Walsh, Mary Ruth. 2011. Utopia Ltd. In: "Utopia Ltd", Highlanes Gallery Drogheda, Ireland, 30/04/2011-03/08/2011.

The Morris Kitsch Archive
Mabb, David. 2010. The Morris Kitsch Archive. In: "The Morris Kitsch Archive", Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, Wilmington, Delaware, United States, 13/08/10 – 05/12/10.

"Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful”
Mabb, David. 2009. "Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful”. In: ""Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful"", Leo Kamen Gallery, Toronto, Canada, Feb 21 - Mar 21, 2009.

Dialogues, Biennale of Contemporary Art
Mabb, David and et al., . 2007. Dialogues, Biennale of Contemporary Art. In: "Dialogues, Biennale of Contemporary Art, Menage", St Petersburg, Russian Federation.

Art into Everyday Life
Mabb, David. 2006. Art into Everyday Life. In: "Art into Everyday Life", Contemporary Art Centre, 1/20/2006 - 3/19/2006.

Self-Portrait as Rodchenko (Based on a Photograph by Mikhail Kaufman, David Mabb in William Morris ‘Fruit’ Production Suit, photographed by Robin Forster and copied in paint by Rajendra Sharma)
Mabb, David. 2006. Self-Portrait as Rodchenko (Based on a Photograph by Mikhail Kaufman, David Mabb in William Morris ‘Fruit’ Production Suit, photographed by Robin Forster and copied in paint by Rajendra Sharma). In: "John Moores 24", National Museums Liverpool, United Kingdom, 16 September - 26 November 2006.

Morris in Jaipur: The Work of Art in the Context of Hand-made Reproduction
Mabb, David. 2005. Morris in Jaipur: The Work of Art in the Context of Hand-made Reproduction. In: "Morris in Jaipur: The Work of Art in the Context of Hand-made Reproduction", Queens Galley, British Council, 3/18/2005 - 4/9/2005.

William Morris, "Ministering to the swinish luxury of the rich"
Mabb, David. 2004. William Morris, "Ministering to the swinish luxury of the rich". In: "William Morris, "Ministering to the swinish luxury of the rich"", Whitworth Art Gallery, University of Manchester, United Kingdom, 4/10/2004 - 12/23/2004.

Arttextiles 3
Mabb, David. 2004. Arttextiles 3. In: "Arttextiles 3", Bury St Edmunds Art Gallery.

Inter
Mabb, David. 2004. Inter. In: "Inter", Harris Museum and Art Gallery, London, United Kingdom.

Wish You Were Here
Mabb, David. 2004. Wish You Were Here. In: "Wish You Were Here", Waygood Gallery, Newcastle, United Kingdom.

A Factory As It Might Be or The Hall Of Flowers
Mabb, David. 2003. A Factory As It Might Be or The Hall Of Flowers. In: "A Factory As It Might Be or The Hall Of Flowers", Art Gallery of Windsor, Canada, 8/9/2003 - 10/5/2003.

Further Up In The Air
Mabb, David. 2003. Further Up In The Air. In: "Further A Field", Liverpool, United Kingdom.

Science Fiction Double Feature
Mabb, David. 2003. Science Fiction Double Feature. In: "Science Fiction Double Feature", Aas, Birmingham, United Kingdom.

Pattern Crazy
Mabb, David. 2002. Pattern Crazy. In: "Pattern Crazy", Crafts Council Gallery, London, United Kingdom.

Exhibition Catalogue

Announcer (broadsheet)
Mabb, David. 2014. Announcer (broadsheet).

Commodity Form
Drake, Colin and Mabb, David. 2008. Commodity Form.

The Sneeze
Mabb, David. 2006. The Sneeze.

Mabb: Art into Everday Life
Mabb, David; Jablonskiene, Lolita and Rees, Simon. 2006. Mabb: Art into Everday Life.

David Mabb, William Morris. Ministering to the Swinish Luxuary of the Rich
Mabb, David; Edwards, Steve and Arscott, Caroline. 2004. David Mabb, William Morris. Ministering to the Swinish Luxuary of the Rich.

Critical Home Video
Mabb, David. 2002. Critical Home Video.

Critical Home Video (Peterborough)
Mabb, David; Buxey, K.R.; Harris, Mark; Ishige, Yasu; Lai, Adrienne; Lewis, Peter Lloyd; Macrae, Sheena; Maier, Johannes; Wyatt, Angus and Kollectiv, Pil and Galia. 2002. Critical Home Video (Peterborough).

David Mabb: The Decorating Business
Mabb, David; Edwards, Steve; Higgs, Matthew; Périnet, Francine and Fleming, Marnie. 2001. David Mabb: The Decorating Business.

Artist's Book

Furthermore … ‘a book of proposals’: Proposal for The Linosa Close Transitional Monument
Mabb, David. 2004. Furthermore … ‘a book of proposals’: Proposal for The Linosa Close Transitional Monument.

Conference or Workshop Item

Legacies of Malevich Symposium: Abstraction then and Now
Mabb, David. 2014. 'Legacies of Malevich Symposium: Abstraction then and Now'. In: Legacies of Malevich Abstraction then and Now. Camberwell College of Art, London, United Kingdom 23rd October 2014.

Art Object

Maid with Two Squares
Mabb, David. 2016. Maid with Two Squares.

beaT bouT
Mabb, David. 2014. beaT bouT.

Luibov Popova Untitled Textile Design on William Morris Wallpaper for Historical Materialism
Mabb, David. 2010. Luibov Popova Untitled Textile Design on William Morris Wallpaper for Historical Materialism.

Rhythm 69
Mabb, David. 2008. Rhythm 69.

Transitional Monument
Mabb, David. 2004. Transitional Monument.

Article

About Two Worlds
Mabb, David. 2016. About Two Worlds. Salvage, 3, pp. 177-190. ISSN 2058-6361

Commodity as comrade
Mabb, David. 2013. Commodity as comrade. Ephemera Journal, 13(2), pp. 445-448. ISSN 2052-1499

‘What Keeps Mankind Alive?’: the Eleventh International Istanbul Biennial. Once More on Aesthetics and Politics
Mabb, David; Edwards, Steve and Day, Gail. 2010. ‘What Keeps Mankind Alive?’: the Eleventh International Istanbul Biennial. Once More on Aesthetics and Politics. Historical Materialism, 18(4), pp. 135-171.

Notes on the Morris Kitsch Archive
Mabb, David. 2009. Notes on the Morris Kitsch Archive. Textile: The Journal of Cloth and Culture, 7(3),

Spring, Fine Arts
Mabb, David. 2003. Spring, Fine Arts. Spring, Fine Arts, The British School at Rome,

Some Introductory Notes On My Morris Works
Mabb, David. 2002. Some Introductory Notes On My Morris Works. The Journal of William Morris Studies, 15(1),

Book Section

Art into Everday Life
Mabb, David. 2013. Art into Everday Life. In: Marta Rabikowska, ed. The Everyday of Memory; Between Communism and Post-Communism. Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien.: Peter Lang, pp. 137-146. ISBN ISBN 978-3-0343-0847-2

Hijack: Morris Dialectically in William Morris in the Twenty-First Century
Mabb, David. 2010. Hijack: Morris Dialectically in William Morris in the Twenty-First Century. In: Phillipa Bennett and Rosie Miles, eds. William Morris in the Twenty-First Century. (20) Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien: Peter Lang, pp. 153-166. ISBN 978-3-0343-0106-0

Morris/Fruit, Rodchenko/Triple Peaks
Mabb, David. 2010. Morris/Fruit, Rodchenko/Triple Peaks. In: Gill Saunders, ed. Walls Are Talking: Wallpaper, Art and Culture. Chicago and London: The Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester and KWS Publishers.

Interview
Mabb, David. 2005. Interview. In: , ed. Pilot: 2. London: Pilot.

Two series of paintings: Elegies to the Third International and Unrealised Projects Series
Mabb, David. 2005. Two series of paintings: Elegies to the Third International and Unrealised Projects Series. In: Dave Beech and Mark Hutchinson, eds. There is Always an Alternative. London: Arts Council.

Artist Contribution in Transmission: Speaking and Listening Volume 3 Ornament and Utility
Mabb, David. 2004. Artist Contribution in Transmission: Speaking and Listening Volume 3 Ornament and Utility. In: Emma Cocker; Lesley Sanderson and Sharon Kivlan, eds. Transmission: Speaking and Listening Volume 3 Ornament and Utility. Site Gallery. ISBN 9781899926510

Interview
Mabb, David and et al., . 2004. Interview. In: , ed. Pilot:1 Q&A by Doriane Laithier. London: Pilot.

Art of the Stitch and Sample
Mabb, David. 2003. Art of the Stitch and Sample. In: Polly Leonard, ed. Art of the Stitch and Sample. London: Embroiderers Guild.

David Mabb
Mabb, David. 2002. David Mabb. In: , ed. Sidewinder. Calcutta: CIMA Gallery. ISBN 8187977019

Digital

Elegies to the Third International
Mabb, David. 2011. Elegies to the Third International.

A Miniature Retrospective
Mabb, David. 2007. A Miniature Retrospective.

Film/Video

IDEA13 TV: Interview with artist DAVID MABB Focal Point Gallery 11 April 2014
Mabb, David. 2014. IDEA13 TV: Interview with artist DAVID MABB Focal Point Gallery 11 April 2014.

Art and Appropriation – when does artistic freedom become copyright infringement?
Lubna, Arielle Gem and Mabb, David. 2011. Art and Appropriation – when does artistic freedom become copyright infringement?.

Printed Ephemera

Historical Materialism Poster 2015
Mabb, David. 2015. Historical Materialism Poster 2015.

Historical Materialism Poster 2014
Mabb, David. 2014. Historical Materialism Poster 2014.

Left Helicon Cover
Mabb, David. 2014. Left Helicon Cover.

Historical Materialism Poster 2013
Mabb, David. 2013. Historical Materialism Poster 2013.

Historical Materialism Poster 2012. Weighs Like a Nightmare
Mabb, David. 2012. Historical Materialism Poster 2012. Weighs Like a Nightmare.

Fruit Twigs Card
Mabb, David. 2012. Fruit Twigs Card.

Current (Green Engineering Object)
Mabb, David. 2011. Current (Green Engineering Object).

Problems of Everyday Life
Mabb, David and Gibson, Catherine. 2000. Problems of Everyday Life.