David Carson lives on a small family farm, near Tapawera in the Motueka River Valley. Born in 1968, Carson attended Nayland College and the University of Canterbury. Growing up in a farming family, his father had a keen interest in woodworking and joinery, eventually rebuilding their family home with his own hands. David, would always be found in the workshop, honing the skills which he now uses in his sculptural practice.
David’s materials are largely sourced from his own rural property (such as the Elm tree, which was “just in the wrong place”) and he processes these materials with a minimal approach where possible. The history in each piece of wood is often reflected in the finished sculptures. One of his ‘Palisade’ works was sourced from the workbench of a timber merchant in Richmond, and still bears the nail holes from decades of measuring and cutting lengths of wood for local builders.
As well as being the title for the show, ‘Sleepwalking’ is the namesake work in this new exhibition, which loosely resembled a pair of legs when it was milled. In ‘Sleepwalking’ David continues to push the boundaries of contemporary sculpture, applying the logic that once you know the rules, you can break them.