Gavin Maughfling United Kingdom
Artist and curator. Works mainly in painting, also in short film. Practice is concerned primarily with identity, gender and the mediation of found internet-sourced imagery. Widely exhibited in the UK and internationally. Co-founder with Suzanne de Emmony of DEMprojects, an artist-led curatorial project which has facilitated trans-disciplinary exhibitions and performances in Singapore and London.
My recent paintings all explore different aspects of gender and queer experience. The paintings are sourced from online sites, which are often uncredited or anonymous, and go through a process of drawing and painterly translation towards their final iteration. This process reflects a concern with the positioning both of myself and of the imagined viewer in relation to any painting – whether as voyeur (seen or unseen), protagonist or as a player or intruder who arrives too late after the event, when the actors have left the scene. The interrogation of the viewer-painting relationship is further layered by the consideration given to the sourcing of the works, their initial encounter an engagement or reveried imagining across the barrier of the laptop screen.
Recent exhibitions include Voice, Westminster Arts Library,Over Time (University of Greenwich and National Maritime Museum, London), Unnatural Histories (Sun Pier House, Chatham) and Ruskin Shorts 13, selected by Elizabeth Price (Modern Art Oxford). With DEM Projects I have co-curated a number of international exhibitions, including Ghost on the Wire, (Bermondsey Project Space), Mysterious Objects at Noon (Objectifs Singapore and ArtLacuna London) and Ghost on the Wire 2 (Objectifs Singapore).
I have recently worked in film, as exhibition commissions and directly as a response to new experiences. 'Sam' was selected by Elizabeth Price for inclusion in 'Ruskin Shorts' at Modern Art Oxford. 'Loitering' was made for the project 'Overtime', which was held at the National Maritime Museum and University of Greenwich. 'The Parc', '08-343' and 'Vivo Mooncake' are all responses to contexts in Singapore, as is 'No Go, made with Min-Wei Ting for 'In the Open' at Sheffield Institute of Arts.