David Flinn’s narrative structures serve as physical manifestations
of the imbalance between society’s restrictive influence and our
natural human impulses. In his third solo show at envoy, Flinn tackles
these problematic issues of repression and investigates notions of
defeat and mourning rituals.
Each sculpture embodies an abstract scenario, whether fictional or
non-fictional, in which one might come to this moment of realization
when humanity and society clash. A concrete pendulum demands a piece
of drift wood to bow to its pressure; a triangle with concrete roses
and feathers satirizes romantic notions of the ritual process of
mourning; and a 60-foot flag crawls up the walls and ceiling of the
gallery, dilapidated by the removal of its authoritative elements of
height, wind, and symbolic content. A drawing and photograph accompany
the sculptures, speaking to the necessity of reflection in coming to
terms with this societal-induced void.
Flinn’s attempt to free our subconscious is apparent through the
hypothetical situations presented in R.I.P. By juxtaposing both the
victory and loss of the human experience, he expresses our potential
to realize our own natural intuitions – an invitation to escape from
the jaws of defeat.
/David Flinn holds a degree from the School of Visual Arts and has
exhibited in group and solo shows in both New York and Italy. He lives
and works in Brooklyn. /