Sculptor/designer David Folan grew up in Dublin city until he was Eleven years old. Up-rooted from his urban trappings, he moved to the beautiful setting of Loch Eske Co. Donegal. While talking to David he explains how this move had a transforming effect on him. Considering the contrast between an urban setting and the panoramic beauty of the area surrounding Loch Eske in south Donegal nature had been a huge surprise to him.
Davids high quality conceptually driven work has meaning beyond a simple rationale or artist statement, compelling the viewer to read between the lines and derive their own meaning from his work.
Featured in the ‘Plastic House’ by Architecture Republic in 2009 ‘In Grace Ascending’ consists of castings of individual chicks bred as reptile food. Much of Davids casting work is concerned with how animals are grown as commodities. He speaks of how a society is often judged on the basis of how it treats its weakest members.
David has just finished a casting workshop in Kildare Library as part of the Bealtaine Festival 2012 and is busy preparing for the Brown Thomas Art & Style exhibition which you must see in Brown Thomas, Grafton street throughout the month of May.
We were intrigued by David’s most recent solo exhibition called “Lost Horizons”.
The focus is on a set of nine, gold toned, archival, salt print photographs depicting the demise of a large flock of Ganet.
These majestic sea-birds normally hunt for food by diving from a great height into deep ocean waters to catch fish, and they normally remain well off-shore. David took these photographs on a remote beach in Donegal initially assuming a human connection to their demise. On this occasion the birds strayed in-shore driven by winter storms, unusually high tides and the attraction of shoals of sprat. Unwittingly betrayed by their environment the entire flock died as they plunged at speed striking ground barely covered by water. The use of salt water in the printing process gives continuity with the sea that sustained the birds in life and caused their death in the end.
You can view the full exhibit and more of David’s work here .