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|Daniel Coombs -
Daniel Coombs responded to St Peter's Church, Brighton.
Daniel Coombs makes installations which cross the boundaries between painting
and sculpture. Taking ideas from cinema, cartoons and diagrams, Coombs
incorporates objects onto a painted canvas or wall, arranging them into lively
pathways and constellations.
Faith and notions of spirituality are increasingly impressed upon us from new
and diverse origins often filtered through our television sets. Hence Coombs’s
salvaging of materials perhaps reflects the tendencies of modern media to
pillage philosophy (both secular and religious) resulting in a rich and
culturally diverse approach to spiritual ideas. By meticulously arranging what
would seem to be random items, Coombs creates a series of poignant gestures
which reference both past and present notions of religion. These everyday
temporal items are imbued with biblical folklore. Spirituality from beyond the
walls of the Church is explored.
Coombs uses the objects in his installations to tell stories for the viewer to
interpret as she wishes. The artist produces associations through the
combination of seemingly useless and banal objects. The surfaces of Coombs's
‘assemblage paintings’ are garish, almost claustrophobic, presenting a myriad of
visual puns, each one leading in a different direction.
Daniel Coombs's work, together with Duncan Whitley's work Chimes was exhibited
at St Peter's Church, Brigthon from
1st to 25th November 2000
Coombs's work was part of the Art 2000 Projects in Sacred Places where five
artists were curator selected, in collaboration with the venues, to make new
works for five major churches in the south of England. This selection process
was important because it reflected Art and Sacred Place's (then known as Art
2000) desire to build a new partnership between the church and artists and, in
doing so, to match the best contemporary standards and practice for art events.
The Catalogue for Art 2000 Projects in Sacred Places, containing text
contributions by Saacha Craddock and Father Friedhelm Mennekes is available from
Art and Sacred Places
Project funders and supporters included: The Arts Council, The Jerwood
Charitable Foundation, The Jerusalem Trust, The National Lottery Millennium
Festival Fund, Southern Arts, South East Arts, Wickes, Dulux, Integra Builders
and Austin Cradles.