David Mutch works with photography, video, sculptural installation and sound.
Architectural theory, psychogeography and science fiction cinema influence his practice. He performs as one half of the electronic duo Pissypaw.
Mutch graduated in Fine Art at RMIT, Melbourne (2010) and in 2011 exhibited solo at Beam Contemporary Melbourne with Why did aliens build the pyramids,and at Rearview with Inverse Universe. His most recent solo show was From Nowhere to Nowhere (Beam Contemporary, 2013). See review:
In 2013 Mutch held an artist residency at Red Gate Gallery, Beijing.
Mutch's work Shelter II, (2014) on show at WINDOWSPACE-BEEAC, (6 April - 3 May, 2015) is a sculptural installation employing concrete, plaster, commercial shelving and polyurethane. It has been described as: 'poignantly reminiscent of the idea of a doomsday bunker' (David Ashley Kerr, from the exhibition essay for Seven Trumpets, Strange Neighbour, Fitzroy, 2015 - strangeneighbour.com).
Coincidentally the work has an uncanny resonance with the grey salt lakes around BEEAC which together form an integral part of the Lakes and Craters Precinct of the Kanawinka Global Geopark of SW Victoria. The extensive volcanic lake network is recognized under the Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar, Iran, 1971).
Clearly the work, and the lakes, share some reflection on the issue of climate, and by implication on the state of the contemporary world. It is possibly for this reason that Mutch suggested an artist talk that includes a tour of some of the lakes (Sun 3 May 2 pm).
Although he has long studied and worked in Melbourne, Mutch grew up at Barongarook, in the Otways, an area in close proximity, but in significant contrast to the craters and lakes precinct around BEEAC.
Context for Mutch's work can be found at: www.davidmutch.net
David Mutch, April 2015, with work Shelter II, (2014)
David Mutch, Shelter II, (2014) - image courtesy Strange Neighbour