• Forwards, Not Backwards
  • Forwards, Not Backwards
  • Forwards, Not Backwards
Forwards, Not Backwards
By David Godbold Paperback with transparent wrap-around cover, 40 pages, ISBN1-86154-297-6 11 x 8 1/4 (280 x 210) 30th November

Contemporary artist David Godbold was commissioned by The House of Commons Advisory Committee on Works of Art to produce a series of artworks recording the 2005 General Election. The artist joined the campaign trail and created 18 individual artworks, one for each day of official campaigning. In Forwards, Not Backwards (backwards), these drawings form a visual diary and subjective counterpoint to the necessarily objective analysis and commentary of the news media. Godbold covered all the major parties including the Green Party, Plaid Cymru as well as George Galloway's fracas on Brick Lane. Other MPs visited include David Lammy, Menzies Campbell, Boris Johnson, Alex Salmond, Theresa May and Reg Keys, to name but a few. Each work is dated, and philosophically resolves the information Godbold received on that particular day. The publication, designed by Jonathan Barnbrook, includes all finished artworks as well as related sketches and preliminary drawings by the artist. David Godbold has written an introduction, with a preface by Hugo Swire MP, Chairman of the Advisory Committee on Works of Art. Godbold works in the traditional media of pen and ink on paper. His drawings are in the manner of 'old masters' conflated with mass art such as comics. In recent years, Godbold's work has invariably combined three elements: 'found' backgrounds, hand-drawn images and typed texts, which are either invented or appropriated from a diverse range of sources such as Wittgenstein and Britney Spears. Together, these elements form a complex, often satirical commentary on contemporary life. Born in England, David Godbold studied at Goldsmith College of Art, and now lives and works in Dublin. He has exhibited widely, both in the UK and internationally. In 2002 he was awarded the Rome Scholarship by the British School in Rome, and in 1999-2000 held the International Studio Residency at the PS1 Center for Contemporary Art in New York. Since 1990, Godbold has been a Senior Lecturer at the National College of Art & Design in Dublin. "This is an artist who discovers his influences in the work of the great social and political satirists ['] Godbold's way of working is innovative, striking and thought-provoking". (Rachel Campbell-Johnston, Chief Art Critic of The Times)