David Ogle’s artistic practice spans a range of media yet tracks along a consistently evolving set of aesthetic and conceptual concerns. Incorporating drawing, sculpture, installation and new media, Ogle often works in the ‘grey area’ between different mediums, recurring visual motifs often surfacing across this disparate array of disciplines. In disrupting our expectations of these boundaries, his work produces paradoxical elements that are always combined with simplicity and material presence, continually providing a physical, and often-illusionary, confrontation in real-space.
Much of Ogle’s early work derived from drawing, revealing an act or process of mark making that became the fundamental rationale of the work. In the application of such processes to physical sites, his works on paper leave the confines of a flat surface, their aesthetic qualities manifest in physical space. Spaces that simultaneously shape the work and become manipulated by it, encouraging viewers to navigate their environments in new ways.
Materially, Ogle's practice seeks a mode of fragility, frequently revealing strong geometric forms within a space, though forms that lack the weight and immobility of sculpture. Like the dimensionless properties of line on a flat surface, they exist in space without mass or structure. Working in this way, his practice routinely employs a material that surpasses such physical restraints; light.
Through negating material properties, Ogle’s work has come to rest on the edge between a sculptural form and an environmental occurrence. His current practice has moved beyond the walls of indoor sites and out into the landscape, documenting ephemeral works that are shaped by natural elements and freed-up from the confines of both interior sites and a the viewer’s requirement for a work’s prolonged existence.
Such works exist out in the landscape, a context from which they are inseparable, alone in this specific place and for a narrow window of time. Like the shifting of natural light, their transience provides significance and meaning; a moment fleeting, precious and anomalous.
David Ogle (B.1987) graduated from Lancaster University with a 1st class BA in Fine Art History and Practice in 2009, and an MA with a Distinction in Contemporary Arts Research in 2012. He is currently undertaking an AHRC funded doctoral research project at The University of Liverpool in collaboration with FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) maintaining his studio practice alongside academic work.
Represented by Mark Devereux Projects
Studio based at The Royal Standard, Liverpool
Unit 3, Vauxhall Business Centre, 131 Vauxhall Road, Liverpool,L3 6BN UK
Tel: +44(0)795 237 2447
2012 - 2015 | Ph.D. Collaborative doctoral award: The University of Liverpool/
FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology)
Supervisors: Prof. Richard Koeck (UL)
Prof. Mike Stubbs (FACT)
2011 - 2012 | M.A. Contemporary Arts Research: Lancaster University
2006 - 2009 | B.A. (hons) Fine Art (History/Practice): Lancaster University
2015 Mark Devereux Projects Open House, Manchester, UK
2014 In Another Light, The National Trust - Croft Castle, UK (solo)
2014 Regenerate 14, The Lab Magazine, Copenhagen
2014 Regenerate 14, The Lab Magazine, Berlin
2014 David Ogle, Sake No Hana, London (solo)
2013 Federation House Open, Manchester, UK
2013 Crystallize, Old Billingsgate Market, London
2013 Warrington Contemporary Arts Festival, The Pyramid Arts Centre,
2013 Mak?ng Sense, Fallout Factory, Liverpool
2013 MDP AfterHours, The Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester
2013 Means of Feedback, CUBE, Manchester
2013 Light in Contemporary Sculpture, The Royal British Society of Sculptors, London (solo)
2013 The Catlin Art Prize 2013, LondonNewcastle Project Space, London/
2013 David Ogle - Subterranean. The Royal British Society of Sculptors - Sculpture Shock, The Vaults, London (solo)
2013 Kinetica Art Fair 2013, Ambika P3, London
2012 Sculpture Shock Finalists Showcase, The Royal British Society of Sculptors, London
2012 Kinetica @ The Village Underground - Shoreditch, London
2012 Object – Memory, The Lica Building, Lancaster
2012 Lines of Enquiry, Neo Gallery, Bolton
2012 Neo Art Prize, Neo Gallery, Bolton
2012 Inside, BLANKSPACE, Manchester
2012 Kinetica Art Fair, Ambika P3, London
2011 The Title Art Prize, BLANKSPACE, Manchester
2011 Icon Magazine 100th Issue Event, London
2011 David Ogle – Automata, Godfrey Pilkington Art Gallery, St Helens (solo)
2010 Chaosmos II, View Two Gallery - Liverpool Biennial Independents, Liverpool
2010 The Museum Capsule, Warrington Museum & Art Gallery, Warrington
2009 Draw The Line, Peter Scott Gallery, Lancaster
Awards, Grants & Residencies
2014 | Arts Council England Funding
Arts Council England/Meadow Arts - Project funding in partner with The National Trust UK.
2014 | Arts Council England project Funding (Grants for the Arts)
Two year project supported by ACE.
2013 | Art Catlin
Selected for the 2013 Catlin Art Prize
2013 | Royal British Society of Sculptors
Sculpture Shock Residency Award Winner, The Royal British Society of Sculptors 2013
2012 | AHRC Doctoral Scholarship - The University of Liverpool
Collaborative doctoral award between The University of Liverpool and FACT
2012 | Neo Gallery
Neo Art Prize, Visitor’s Choice Award/Judges recommendation award
2011 | BlankSpace Gallery
Title Art Prize, People’s Choice Award
2011 | Aesthetica Magazine
Creative Works finalist
2011 | Godfrey Pilkington Gallery
Artist in Residence
2011 | Lancaster University
Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences Scholarship Prize
Member of The Royal British Society of Sculptors