20. David Godbold
The design for the plate combines two specific designs, each indicating a distinct idea. The lower level is an idealized landscape, source from a period sketchbook of the Casino gardens. Above it is overlaid an image of a blindfolded figure (originally illustrating an 18th Century edition of Descartes’ 1649 Treatise, The passions of the Soul), finding their way, unsighted, or de-sensed. Simply put, the work collectively becomes a metaphor for the human condition, as we blunder through life, commonly immune to the earthly paradise of around us.
David Godbold, b. 1961, UK, lives and works in Dublin. Godbold was educated at Goldsmith’s College, London, and first came to prominence in the mid-1980s as one half of the duo Godbold & Wood. Having moved to Ireland at the beginning of the 90’s, Godbold’s work concentrated on the critical examination of the production, circulation and reception of visual imagery in both ‘high’ and ‘low’ culture. His work in a variety of media invariably involves a complex process of quotation and re-grafting of disparately sourced imagery to produce witty, irreverent and iconoclastic commentaries upon the philosophical encounter with the everyday.
David Godbold has exhibited widely and is represented in major public and private collections internationally. His work is represented Kerlin Gallery, Dublin and WEINGRÜLL, Karlsruhe, who will present a solo booth of his work at Art International, Istanbul in September, 2014.