David Medalla

Portrait

Born in 1942 in Manille (Philippines), lives and works in London (England), New York (United States) and Berlin (Germany)

By turns, sculptor, performer, agitator and entrepreneur, some pieces by Philippine artist David Medalla are considered as pioneering works of kinetic art, land art or participatory art. Created in 1963, Cloud Canyons is a bubble machine, the result of several personal experiences: flying over the Grand Canyon, visiting a Scottish brewery, a soap factory in Marseilles, observing clouds in Manila Bay... but also more personal memories like coconut milk cooked by his mother, or foam on the mouth of a resistance fighter dying under the blows of an occupying Japanese. David Medalla seeks to annihilate the barriers between spectators and the work of art, and to give free rein to the imagination. The visitor can thus project their own interpretations on the cloudy forms created by the bubble machines.

 

©Adam Nankervis

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