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David Stearn

MA work

'Days of Blunder - The Party's Over'

The final major project being exhibited is the continuation of several themes that I have come to understand form the main thread within my practice, in the loosest sense. 

Exhibited is the recreation of a cross section of Daytona Speedway, USA. This has been based upon the late 1980's to early 1990's version of Daytona -  the time at which 'Days of Thunder' featuring Tom Cruise was filmed. A 3.2 metre debris fence has been created, with 20mm dia steel cable. A car has been purchased second hand and the half written 'Daytona' has been painted onto the wall. All in order to recreate the repeated scene of Cruise slamming into the wall on the final race: racing for pride, for his best friend, for the love of Nicole Kidman and for glory of winning.

The works exists as a mockery, of in-continuity, of love for over embellishment and the self driven point at which a single idea can go as far as existing to the highest degree of accuracy, consideration to detail and still exist as a simple gesture with all connotations of futility and self deprecation.


  • MA Degree


    School of Humanities


    MA Sculpture, 2017

  • I understand my practice as a search for ways in which to explore and perform the absurdity of materials and the applied stories or processes that can be associated with them. From taking a singular or multiple selection of materials, usually pre-fabricated, ready to hand and with the smallest amount of required preparation, I find the most extreme ways in which to alter the material or the context in which they are shown.


    I am interested in the humour that can be created by staging simple and/ or complicated gestures, typically through an activity or unannounced event, to create works that form a visual accident or experienced calamity. In doing so, the works are open to interpretation from a variety of onlookers or dedicated viewers, particularly when they are performances that resonate after the event or leave a physical trace, however large or small. This practice seeks to alter the surrounding environment and expectations, as well as the physical materials themselves, developing a practice of drawing with a non-static, but, rather overly active sculptural method.


    I aim to achieve and continue to explore a sense of motion, be that mechanical or live, that sits alongside my continual interest in controlled destruction and to what extent this theme for making can be pushed as far as possible in order to create and achieve works that sit between purpose and mistake.

  • Degrees

  • MA Sculpture Royal College of Art, 2017; BA (Hons) in Fine Art, Byam Shaw School of Art,  Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, 2008; Foundation Degree in Art and Design, Hertfordshire Regional College, Ware, 2005
  • Experience

  • Art installation technician, 01 Art Services, London, 2014 – 2016; Director, Roberts & Stearn Ltd, London 2008 – current
  • Exhibitions

  • Spatial Annexation 30, 694,400 mm3   Concourse Gallery, Byam Shaw School of Art, London, 2008 ­; Bloomberg New contemporaries 2008  A Foundation, Liverpool (as part of Liverpool Biennial 2008 : Sept 08 ­ Dec 08)  and Rochelle school, London (Dec 08 ­ Feb 09), 2008 ­ 2009 ­; Urchin Eater  Yinka Shonibare  Gallery Bethnal Green, London (selected by Dan Coopey and Yinka Shonibare), 2008 ­; Salon DApollon , Norwich, 2009 ­; Interchange , Samuel Smalls gallery, Highgate, London, 2009 ­; David Stearn Works; w/ Javier Rodriguez ('ChromaticAbberations'). Hive Project space/ T1+2 Gallery , Whitechapel, London, 2009 ­; Crunch 09Ephemeral Art – Hay­-on-­Wye Art Festival, Wales, 2009 ­; Plot  Tract Group Show, TractGallery, Brixton, London, 2009 ­; LAF opens, London, 2014; Sculpture Work In progress show - Royal College of Art, 2015; Edinburgh College of Art, Sculpture Show, Scotland – Performance w/ Jack Catling, 2015; Cowley Manor Awards, Gloucestershire, 2015; Summer Show, Royal College of Art, Sculpture, 2015; PrintPrint – w/Louie Rice - CAFÉ OTO, London, 2017; MONO TONY – w/Louie Rice – Hideous Replic presents – CAFÉ OTO, London, 2017; The Day of The Triffids - Ep:2 – The Groping City - News of the World gallery, London, 2017
  • Awards

  • Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2008, selected artist exhibiting, 2008
  • Publications

  • Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2008 Exhibition Catalogue; Hive Projects / T1+2 Exhibition Catalogue; Cowley Manor publication