David Mitchell

Altered Perceptions

Above: Anamnesis No 6, (2009). Pigment print. (DETAIL)

    BY: PROVOKR Editors

    Friday, May 5, 2017

British-born David Mitchell began his career as a photographer in the early eighties in London, Florence and Milan. In 1991 he moved to Hong Kong where he found instant success shooting for prestigious fashion labels including Christian Dior and Laura Biagiotti, working almost exclusively in black & white. His international reputation growing quickly, Mitchell shot editorial for top international fashion magazines: Vogue and Elle. He was the first successful foreign photographer on the dynamic Thai fashion scene, shooting extensively for top publications. In 2004, Mitchell began experiencing simple partial seizures leading to a diagnosis of Left Temporal Lobe Epilepsy (LTLE), making it increasingly difficult to work commercially, but providing the window to self-discovery as a fine artist.

Auras or simple partial seizures (SPS) produce prolonged déjà vu experiences intensifying a sense of familiar connections and altered perceptions conjuring emotional affiliation with places and things. Mitchell explores spatial relationships, and architectural references from memory; and his heightened creativity, fervor to create, and the emotional personal connection to the images created in his series are relevant to LTLE.

Prior to 2010, Mitchell’s artwork was dominated by atmospheric images depicting a dreamlike state or intentional ambiguity perhaps referencing an unclear memory or a point in which the subconscious and conscious converge (lucid dreaming). After 2010, photographing the Luminaries collection marked a shift to interest in pure non-objectivity. The conventional notion of photography as representation, gave way to a new archetype of pure non-representation which defines his current studio practice in which he creates ephemeral assemblages and collages that are photographed in series and then discarded once chronicled through the lens, and we love them. They are brilliant color compositions that sit on a purposeful tension built of shapes and textures. At Jim Kempner Fine Art 501 West 23rd St, New York, NY 10011 info@jimkempner.com

 

SOE 08, (2016). Archival pigment print.
SOE 08, (2016). Archival pigment print.

 

ABNC 03, (2016). Archival pigment print on canvas.
ABNC 03, (2016). Archival pigment print on canvas.

 

AB 177, (2013). Digital C-print.
AB 177, (2013). Digital C-print.

 

ABQ 021, (2016). Prints and multiples, Archival pigment print.
ABQ 021, (2016). Prints and multiples, Archival pigment print.

 

Linear No.3, (2008). C-print,
Linear No.3, (2008). C-print.

 

Linear No.2, (2008). C-print.
Linear No.2, (2008). C-print.

 

Janusian No 1, (2009). Pigment print.
Janusian No 1, (2009). Pigment print.

 

Janusian No 3, (2009). Pigment print.
Janusian No 3, (2009). Pigment print.

 

Janusian No 4, (2009). Pigment print.
Janusian No 4, (2009). Pigment print.