Artist of the Week: Daniel Eatock

Daniel Eatock is an artist based in London, England.  He graduated from London’s Royal College of Art.

Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do?  Using my background knowledge from working as a graphic designer, I employ a rational, logical and pragmatic approach when making work. I have an ongoing interest in proposing and finding solutions to problems, often problems that cannot be formulated before they have been solved, the shaping of the question is part of the answer. I look for things to fix or improve, working like a tinkerer/inventor, I propose alternatives to existing models, preferring to find ways around doing things properly, bypassing the struggle. I use self referentiality as an objective guide to reduce the extraneous and subjective, and strive for a conceptual logic. The idea is paramount and the material form secondary. My website is a tool where I both create works, and index and exhibit projects chronologically. I propose systems, templates, invitations and opportunities for collaboration, creating social networks where contributors shape the outcome and participate in the building of works. I embrace contradictions, and dilemmas. I like gray areas, oxymorons and the feeling of falling backwards. My favorite colour is the purple found in a soap bubble. I prefer to swap and exchange things rather than use money. I seek alignments, paradoxes, chance circumstance, loops, impossibilities and wit encountered in everyday life. I often change my mind, go full circle, and arrive at the beginning.

What are some recent, upcoming or current projects you are working on?  A black gallery wall painted white using Tip-Ex.

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What was the last exhibition you saw that stuck out to you? Lee Lozano at the Modern Museum, Stockholm

What do you want a viewer to walk away with from after seeing your work?  An inner smile.

If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go and why?  The top of Mount Everest

What do you do when you’re not working on art?  Walk, cook, cycle, read.

What are you really excited about right now?  Summer.

What’s your absolute favorite place in the world to be? The split second before you enter a warm ocean after you have jumped off a boat/bridge.

Favorite music? Camper Van Bethoven

Any current or upcoming shows we should know about?
Current:
Book Show curated by Gavin Wade and James Langdon, Eastside Projects, Birmingham
Upcoming:
-Circles Monster Truck Gallery, Dublin Island
-He Carried What He Could and Left the Balance for His Brother, curated by Eva Brandt, Ching-Wen Cheng and Malina Cailean Gallery Rotor I, Gothenburg, Sweden
-Parlour 17 curated by Meenakshi Thirukode, Staten Island, USA