“Art is not merely an imitation of the reality of nature, but in truth, a metaphysical supplement to the reality of nature, placed alongside thereof for its conquest.
David Boyce is a New Zealand-born and now Hong Kong-based conceptually driven visual artist.
My work divides very broadly into two areas. The first is an interest in, and continuing exploration of areas around influence and originality, memory, identity, and language. These are the areas that drive the bulk of my work. The second is an area I refer to as, very loosely, “Random Beauty”, and is an attempt to consider and explore ideas around beauty in the overlooked and mundane aspects of the everyday world. All these interests divide and converge across the range of areas, themes, and concepts that are part of my everyday interaction with the world.
And then sometimes these interests combine.
I am project-driven and this results in distinct, individual, but still interrelated bodies of work. I like to develop some form of narrative in what I do. This can take many different forms. Generally, it is a substantial group of images, and more recently, objects, sounds, and text that form a unified work. I want the viewer of my works to think, wonder about and engage with what is in front of them. While aesthetic is important I also don't want work that rests on only one foundation
I am also interested in work that is ephemeral and disposable. These can be simple text-based works that I post on social media sites or more performative works around memory. I find that these projects inform and challenge my approach to my more traditional work.
Whilst working in a predominantly conceptual arena my work acknowledges a wide range of influences. These range from renaissance artists to abstract impressionists, minimalists to postmodernists.
My work is held in a number of private, public, and corporate collections in New Zealand, North America, Europe, and Asia.
Image courtesy of Benoit Felton.