Dr David Eastwood is an artist and academic whose practice is primarily situated in drawing and painting. He uses the interior as a genre through which to construct composite images that reconfigure spatio-temporalities, reevaluating relationships across historical periods and locations. His recent research examines the “afterlife” of artists’ studios recontextualised as posthumous museum artefacts, revising our understanding of the modernist studio and its relationship to contemporary art practice. In 2018 he completed a PhD on this topic, proposing a nuanced reinterpretation of the artist's studio as an assemblage of distributed materialities and agencies, an approach informed by the thinking of Gilles Deleuze, and Jane Bennett’s notion of “vibrant matter.” Eastwood also has a continuing interest in model-making as a tool to inform imaging practices. Of key interest is the model’s status as a hypothetical object with agency to provoke speculative thinking.
Dr Eastwood is represented by Robin Gibson Gallery in Sydney and is a Lecturer at UNSW Art & Design, where he teaches in the Fine Arts program and is available to supervise Higher Degree Research candidates in Masters and PhD programs. He has examined PhD candidates at ANU and Curtin University; Masters candidates at USyd, UniSA, NAS and UNSW; and Bachelor of Visual Arts and Design (Honours) at ACU.
Completed Postgraduate Supervision:
Theresa Darmody (MFA, 2015) The Continuous Line: transcoding knitted stitch patterns through painting in an investigation of the affective potential of pattern
Peter Nelson (MFA, 2012) Extensions of a No-Place: structure and narrative in invented landscapes
Alexander Sims (MFA, 2010) Synthetic Modernism and the Grid
Louise Zhang (MFA, 2016) Monstrous Masses: horror and slime in art