Thursday, 21 February 2013

Shona Davies & Dave Monaghan - Marvellous Warped Alternatives

Shona Davies &
Dave Monaghan's
Wheel of Misfortune
Freedbook contributors Shona Davies and Dave Monaghan return to tease us further with the mysterious objects and environments that they create. I might argue that if I want to be confronted by spectacles that cause me unease and disorientation I need only leave my home and explore the terrors of the world outside.
Obviously that’s never going to happen but it’s all out there.
These artworks are a marvellous warped alternative to that unpleasantness. Something new for me to worry about - and they do say that a change is as good as a rest. Inevitably a title like “The Wheel Of Misfortune” hints (along with thousands of other possibilities) at the title of a certain migraine inducing television show. Just for a moment you wonder whether Davies and Monaghan fancy themselves as mischievous presenters of such a show. Then you try to push those thoughts to the back of your mind.
(In reality 'Wheel of Misfortune' reflects a recent chapter in their lives, which makes their page even more poignant.
All fellow Patternotionists hope it marks the beginning of a new chapter for them both.)
FreedBook contribution 'The Diagnosis'
Collaborations by this hardworking duo have been displayed at such prestigious addresses as the Whitechapel Gallery - London, the One Church Street Gallery – Great Missenden and the Chapel Gallery -Ormskirk.

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