Christian Newby, Argyle, 2019, tufted wool and carpet gripper, 280cm x 190cm / 110.2 x 74.8 in
Christian Newby’s practice follows the idea that we must regularly approach intersections of creative production through horizontal rather than vertical, or hierarchical approaches. It seeks to examine and broadly subvert metrics pertaining to value and skill within fine and applied arts practices. Newby is currently looking at the industrial carpet-tufting gun as a case study in how the roles of artist, artisan and fabricator are determined by terminal belief systems in productivity and commodification. It asks how activities such as drawing and participatory drawing workshops can influence the expectations of how a tool such as that is meant to perform by redirecting its centre of gravity through pure play and social interactivity. The influence of dynamic globalism is inherent in Newby’s work, informed by his rich residency history.
Christian Newby was born in 1979 in Virginia Beach, Virginia and currently works and lives in London. He received his B.A. in Sculpture and Extended Media at Virginia Commonwealth University in 2002 and then an M.F.A. at the Glasgow School of Art in 2009. Exhibitions include: Brick-Wall-Spider-Web-Post-It-Note, Beers London; Yo Compro Calidad, Matadero Madrid; Soft Formalities, University of Kent, Canterbury; Tetracontameron, solo exhibition, Space In Between Gallery, London; Le Club des Sous l’Eau at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Interior 301, Galerie Alain Gutharc, Paris; Art + Chips, MOT International Project Space, London. He has recently been artist in residence at the Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong; Matadero, Madrid; URRA, Buenos Aires, Argentina and Arthouse Foundation in Lagos, Nigeria. He was awarded a Pollock Krasner Foundation grant as well as the Converse/Dazed & Confused Emerging Artist Award shortlist in association with Whitechapel Gallery as well as attended the Triangle Arts Trust’s Triangle France Artist in Residence Programme. Participated in the New Work Scotland Programme with Amelia Bywater at Collective Gallery, Edinburgh and presented solo exhibitions at Transmission Gallery and SWG3, Glasgow and Vitrine Gallery, London. Upcoming exhibitions/projects include Public Knowledge at Camden Art Centre as part of the artist collective/research group We Are Publication. Newby is currently a doctoral candidate at Kingston University’s Contemporary Art Research Centre.
The exhibition at Patricia Fleming, Glasgow, has been postponed until later in the year, following the development of the Covid-19 pandemic.