stills from “The Sky is Falling” video 50seconds. The complete video can be viewed at: http://wwwdavestephens.blogspot.co.uk/2015/09/syria-film-sky-is-falling.html
“When a teenager I read most of Orwell’s books and the one that hit me most initially was Down and out in Paris and London. I had a careers interview in my grammar school where I said I wanted to be an artist only to be told that that wasn’t a respectable career and I should consider a different course in life. To that I replied that my second choice was to be a tramp. I have recently read Homage to Catalonia for the first time and it fitted really well with my work as a sculptor which involves exploring concepts of war and disaster from your own sitting room.
My son William, who I am collaborating with on this project, recently visited Berlin and met a Syrian refugee who was being refused entry to a club. Will was not able to persuade the bouncers to let the guy into the club so they both went instead to a refugees club which was far more interesting. The Syrian guy who Will met then sent him a picture of a completely decimated town in Syria that had only one house left standing. He said that that was his house. The image that he sent became part of a collaborative film between myself and Will. Our continuation of this collaboration is moving into a new film which is exploring the kinds of way that surveillance is becoming an everyday part of our society. Very much like the Orwellian images of 1984.
Dave Stephens is a sculptor, performance artist and film maker. He has exhibited in many galleries including the Laing Gallery, Newcastle and the Economist Building in London. In his career as a performance artist he has performed in over 100 venues in the US, Canada, Europe as well as the UK.
His practise often moves between disciplines and some of his recent work combines elements of all of them. It is a way of giving a piece a past and future as well as the present. As an educationalist Stephens has been a visiting lecturer in many art institutions including most recently at the University of Brighton. He is also Head of Design at Varndean College in Brighton.
2018 Sitting Room, (a curated show with Anne Bean and Lewis Robinson) Phoenix Art Gallery, Brighton.
2017 Afterlives, Queen Mary, University of London.
2016 Commemoration, Arts Admin, London
2014 Paper Gallery, Manchester.
2011 Memorial, Beaconsfield Art Gallery, London
2007 “Pause” Phoenix Art Gallery, Brighton.
2004 “Culture” Phoenix Art Gallery, Brighton.
2002 “All creatures great and small” Hereford Museum and Art Gallery.
2000 “Conceptual Interiors” Beatrice Royal Art Gallery, Southampton.
2000 Gallery 100, Brighton.
1999 Brighton Festival Sculpture Trail.
1999“Fiveways Artists” University of Brighton Gallery.
1998 Economist Building, London.
1997 “Short Life” The Old Lead Works, Bristol.
1996 Gallery 45, Brighton.
1996 “On the Level” Phoenix Art Gallery, Brighton.
1990 Amnesty International, University of Coventry Gallery.
1988 “Sculpture in the Park”, Basildon.
1976 New Contemporaries, Acme Gallery, London
1973 Northern Young Contemporaries.
2015 Hinch Premier South East, Electric Cinema, Hastings.
2015 Landscape Walking, the short films of Dave Stephens/Matt Page, Electric Cinema,Hastings
2015 Hinch Video Launch, Live Art Development Agency, London.
2015 Hinch, Cine City, Brighton.
2010 Mr Day at Hove Museum, Hove Museum, Brighton and Hove.
2007 “Mr Day’s Big Day Out” Phoenix Art Gallery. (collaboration with Matt Page)
2007 3 films triptych, Phoenix Art Gallery. (collaboration with Matt Page)
2003 “suit” LIFEWORKART, BALTIC GALLERY, GATESHEAD.
1980 “When the lights go out”, Gina Show, Cable TV, Canada.
1984 “The Tough of the Track”, video pilot (Channel 4).
2007 Queens Park Art Centre, Aylesbury
2002 Wednesbury Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham
2002 Alfred East Art Gallery, Kettering.
2001 Queens Park Art Centre, Aylesbury.
1999 Mindshare, The Strand, London.
1998 LAING GALLERY, Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
1998 Sutton House Gallery, London.
1998 Dartington Arts, Totnes, Devon.
1998 Worthing Museum.
1998 Ashford Library Gallery.
1998 Loughborough College of Art.
1997 Plymouth Arts Centre.
1997 Phoenix Art Gallery, Brighton.
A complete list of performance venues can be found on his biography section on the website below.