Jamaica Biennial 2017 – Special Projects: David Gumbs

Tomorrow (February 24 @ 7 pm) is the opening of the Jamaica Biennial 2017 at National Gallery West in Montego Bay, where David Gumbs’ Xing Wang project is featured. Here is a preview.

David Gumbs (1977, St Martin) studied at the Visual Arts School in Fort-de-France, Martinique, in 2001 and majored in interactive multimedia conception at Les Ateliers, L’ENSCI in Paris in 2002. His work has been shown nationally and internationally, including recently: Digital (2016), National Gallery of Jamaica; Video Islands (2015), Anthology Film Archives, New York; Transforming Spaces (2014), National Art Gallery of the Bahamas; Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival (2014); and the Martinique Biennial (2013), Fort-de-France. Since 2009, Gumbs teaches multimedia, transmedia and motion design at the Visual Arts School in Fort-de-France, Martinique. He “explores the unseen, the cycle of life, the nature within, and digital rhizome macroscopic universes, across a dynamic multimedia oeuvre, including painting, photography and experimental video.” Gumbs in 2016 participated in a Davidoff Initiative residency in Beijing, China, and his contribution to the Jamaica Biennial 2017 consists of an interactive video project titled Xing Wang (Blossoms), which he developed during that residence.

Website: http://www.davidgumbs.com/

Jamaica Biennial 2017 – Bulletin 4: Biennial at National Gallery West ft. David Gumbs’ Xing Wang Video Installation

National Gallery West

2017-biennial-invitation-montego-bayThe Jamaica Biennial 2017, the National Gallery of Jamaica’s flagship exhibition, is shown at three locations, namely at the National Gallery and Devon House in Kingston and at National Gallery West in Montego Bay. At National Gallery West, which is located at the Montego Bay Cultural Centre, Sam Sharpe Square, the Biennial will feature an interactive video installation by the Martinique-based David Gumbs. This exhibition will open to the public on Friday, February 24 at 7 pm. The guest speaker will be His Worship Homer Davis, the Mayor of Montego Bay, and the artist David Gumbs will be in attendance.

david-gumbs-dome-2David Gumbs is one of six specially invited international artists in the Jamaica Biennial 2017, who exhibit along with more than 80 artists from Jamaica and the Jamaican Diaspora, and the inclusion of these international artists is part of the National Gallery’s efforts to give the Biennial…

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Digital: David Gumbs

Water and Dreams

David Gumbs – Water and Dreams (2016), still from video

Another feature on Digital:


David Gumbs was born in Guadeloupe in 1977. A multimedia artist, painter, photographer, and experimental video artist, he studied Interactive Multimedia Conception at Les Ateliers, L’ENSCI in Paris 2002, following his graduation from the Visual Arts school in Fort-de-France Martinique in 2001. His solo exhibitions include Hors-champ at 14°N61°W in Martinique and Somewhere in Paradise in Haïti, both in 2013, as well as Géographies Inconscientes at the Tropiques Atrium in Martinique. His most recent group show participation includes the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival (2014) and Reflexions (2014) at the 14°N61°W contemporary art space in Martinique. Gumbs has participated in a number of artist residencies and his work has been featured in publications such as Frieze and ARC Magazine. He is currently participating in an art residency in China, sponsored by the Davidoff Art Initiative.



David Gumbs – Water and Dreams (2016), still from video

About the Work

 To disappear into deep water or to disappear toward a far horizon, to become part of depth of infinity, such is the destiny of man that finds its image in the destiny of water.

Gaston Bachelard, Water and Dreams (1942)

“Water is considered as a crucial link between all species and living beings. Water’s energy unites continents, unites islands. In a sense as it is an electrical conductor, and a matter of bonding, it is conceived in this new video series as a gateway to dreams, to fantasy and to imagination. Inspired by the French Philosopher Gaston Bachelard’s studies in Water and Dreams, my personal interpretation of water is the magical bond that gives life and that connects the living. It is the substance that stores good or bad memories. On contact in can purify, cleanse, before sacred rituals, but it can also reveal the in-between state of consciousness where unsettled inner conflicts arise. As part of the natural balance in nature, water gives and takes life. In this video series, it depicts micro- and macroscopic universes of underlying memories. A recollection of transforming fluids where water is linked to fire, air and earth.”

Gumbs, David - Water and Dreams (14)

David Gumbs – installation view of recent exhibition Unconscious Geographies at the Tropiques Atrium, Martinique (not in exhibition)