Matthew Darbyshire

Democratised from minimalist couture chic to high-street decor to budget home-ware chintz, Matthew’s assembled objects try to define just what it is that makes candy-coloured plastic so modern, so appealing. A provocative repackaging of the homogenisation of contemporary design: the moulded retro-furnishings and CMYK colour schemes that dominate both public and private space, his homey assemblages function as models of modern living, the kind of dioramic displays that might represent 'today' in design museums or shop windows. Drawing inspiration from novelists such as JG Ballard and Bret Easton Ellis, Darbyshire conceives his sculptures in relation to shopping theory: we are what we buy, and use our belonging to project a desired image of ourselves. How often do we succeed?

Artworks

2017
extruded concrete
dimensions variable, approximately 7x6x4cm

Extruded concrete replica of dog faeces. Each unique.

2017
printed T shirt
large

An Eighties Aids awareness advert printed on white cotton T shirt.

2017
printed T shirt
large

An Eighties Aids awareness advert printed on white cotton T shirt.

2017
cement, MDF, paint

2014
polystyrene and 20th century Windsor chair

2013
mixed media

2011
chromed silver and gold toys robots, purple flocked telephone, painted white Beswick ornament, glass and steel

Solo Exhibitions

2017
Jousse Entreprise, Paris, FR
The Object is Alive, Nottingham Castle, Nottingham, UK
Shin Gallery, New York, US

2016
Passive Sensor, Herald St, London, UK

2015
An Exhibition for Modern Living, Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester, UK Suite, Lisa Cooley, New York, US

2014 
Renaissance City, Stanny House, Woodbridge, UK
Public Workshop, Krolikarnia National Museum, Warsaw, PL
Oak Effect, Shipley Gallery, Gateshead, UK Bureau, Herald St, London, UK
Captcha, Jousse Entreprise, Paris, FR

2013 
Matthew Darbyshire and the W.A. Ismay Collection, The Hepworth Wakefield, Wakefield, UK Taro Nasu at G-Tokyo Art Fair, Tokyo, JP
Oak Effect, Bloomberg Space, London, UK
A Way of Life (in homage to Jim Ede), Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge, UK The Soft Shape Room, Frac Nord pas de Calais, Dunkirk, FR
Call of the Mall, sculpture commission, Hoog Catharijne, Utrecht, NL

2012 
T Rooms Pt II, Zabludowicz Collection, London, UK (cat) T Rooms, Tramway, Glasgow, UK
Jousse Enterprise, Paris, FR
Stanley Picker Fellowship in Fine Art, The Stanley Picker Gallery, Kingston University, London, UK

2011 
Taro Nasu, Tokyo, JP
Leeds Met Gallery and Studio, Leeds, UK
Herald St (with Scott King), London, UK 2010 ELIS, Herald St, London, UK
Frieze Foundation commission, Frieze Art Fair, London, UK

2009 
Funhouse, curated by Tom Morton, Hayward Project Space, London, UK
Furniture Islands, Outpost, Norwich, UK

2008 
Nought to Sixty, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, UK
Blades House, Gasworks, London, UK

2007
Recreate (with Richard Wilson), Pump House Gallery, London, UK 

2004 
Urban Pastoral, Relais De La Baie, Noyelles-sur-Mer, FR

Selected Group Exhibitions

2016 

A Contemporary Collection, The Hepworth Wakefield, Wakefield, UK
Night in the Museum: An Exhibition from the Arts Council Collection curated by Ryan Gander, Longside Gallery, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield, UK; Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, Birmingham, UK; The Attenborough Centre, Leicester, UK The Science of Imaginary Solutions, Breese Little, London, UK
RECASTING, curated by Ruth Allen and James Cahill, Museum of Classical Archaeology, Cambridge, UK

2015 

Summer Exhibition, curated by Michael Craig-Martin, Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK Figure of Speech, National Museum, Warsaw, PL
Following Hercules: The story of classical art, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, UK History is Now: 7 Artists Take on Britain, Hayward Gallery, London, UK Calisthenics, curated by Matt Paweski, Thomas Duncan Gallery, Los Angeles, US

2014 
Show Off, Leakateandlouise, London, UK
On the Devolution of Culture, Rob Tufnell, London, UK
Work in Public, Decad, Berlin, DE
A Sense of Things, Zabludowicz Collection, London, UK
Reclaimed - The Second Life of Sculpture, Glasgow International, Glasgow, UK

2013 
Ideal Standard Forms, Galleria d’arte Moderna GAM, Turin, IT
ICA Off-Site; A Journey Through London Subculture: 1980s to Now, The Old Selfridges Hotel, London, UK British British Polish Polish, Zamek Ujazdowski CCA, Warsaw, PL
The World Is Almost Six Thousand Years Old, The Collection, Lincolnshire, UK
Air de Pied-à-terre, curated by Lisa Cooley & Alan Reid, Lisa Cooley, New York, US
Jousse Entreprise, Paris, FR
Big Dinner, Limbo, Margate, UK
Pop Tarts, James Fuentes, New York, US
Dobbel, Substance P besøger Illums Bolighus, Illums Bolighus, Copenhagen, DK
Paradise Garage, Eighty One Curtain Road, London, UK
Costume: Written Clothing, Tramway, Glasgow, UK

2012 

Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK No More Icons, Blackfriars, London, UK
Paradise Garage, Eighty One Curtain Road, London, UK
SNAP! Aldeburgh Festival, Snape Maltings, Suffolk, UK
6 Chairs, Art House Foundation, London, UK
You Are Not Alone, curated by Hilde Teerlinck, Bangkok Art and Cultural Centre, Bangkok, TH Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge, UK

2011 

Nothing in the World but Youth, Turner Contemporary, Margate, UK
You Are Not Alone, curated by Hilde Teerlinck, Miro Foundation, Barcelona, ES
You Are Not Alone, curated by Hilde Teerlinck, MARCO, Museum of Contemporary Art, Vigo, ES The Shape We’re In, Zabludowicz Collection, London, UK

2010 

Recent British Sculpture, Grimm Gallery, Amsterdam, NL The Camo Show, Cardi Black Box, Milan, IT
British Art Show, curated by Tom Morton and Lisa Le Feuvre, Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham, UK (touring) (cat) Newspeak, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK (cat)
Herald St, Taro Nasu, Tokyo, JP
Paul McCarthy’s Cap, Peles Empire, London, UK
Bold Tendencies, Hannah Barry, Peckham Rye Multistorey Car Park, London, UK

2009 

Altermodern: Tate Triennial 2009, curated by Nicolas Bourriaud, Tate Britain, London, UK (cat)
OTHER WORLDS: THE HAYWARD GALLERY PROJECT SPACE IN SOUTH KOREA, curated by Tom Morton, Platform 2009, Seoul, KR
Eat Me - Drink Me, The Goss-Michael Foundation, Dallas, US
Monument for Study, Herald St, London, UK

2008 
White Columns (screening), New York, US
Le Chant du Rossignol, Matthew Darbyshire and Sam Gunn (screening), Herald St, London, UK
Matthew Darbyshire, Jess Flood-Paddock, William Hunt, curated by Sasha Craddock, Sadler’s Wells Theatre, London, UK

2007 
Deutsche Bank Pyramid, National Theatre, London, UK; Deutsche Bank, London, UK Supernova, Art Basel Miami Beach, Miami, US
ReMap[KM], IBID PROJECTS, Athens, GR
Matthew Darbyshire, Djordje Ozbolt and Alexander Tucker, Parade Gallery, London, UK Itchy Park, Limehouse Studio, London, UK

2006 

Minotaur Blood, Fortescue Avenue, London, UK
Internet Café (commission), Publish and be Damned, London, UK
Sixteen Golf Course Makers (commission), Zoo Art Fair, London, UK

2005 
Launderette, Ipswich Town Council Artists Gallery, Ipswich, UK Open Garden, Fortescue Avenue, London, UK
Public Meeting To Address The Phenomenon Of Materialization, with Olivia Plender, Man in the Holocene, London, UK 

2004 
Curb Your Enthusiasm, Millers Terrace, London, UK
Art School, Bloomberg Space, London, UK

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