Danny Duncombe is a self-taught ceramic sculptor and artist living and working in Los Angeles, USA. He studied graphic design, printmaking and Visual Communication at the Camberwell College of Arts in London and the Kent Institute of Art and Design in the South East of England.
Danny’s work is inspired by the structure, simplicity and perfect imperfections of artists including Agnes Martin, Valentine Schlegel, Isamu Noguchi, Constantin Brâncusi and Eduardo Chillida as well as the clean, bold structures exemplified by architects Louis Kahn, Rudolph Schindler, Le Corbusier and Richard Neutra.
Danny’s work is rooted in organic development and the human desire to build. He explores the composition of negative and positive space to develop rhythmic, aesthetic forms.
‘As Above, So Below’
‘As Above, So Below’ (2016) is a series of unique, architectural sculptures that explore the relationship between form and function and the properties of space.
The familiar yet ambiguous shapes of these objects reveal a new perspective as each piece is placed on any of its many individual surfaces and viewed from a new angle. The structured geometry and multiple views deliver infinite variations of light and shadow resulting in multiple interpretations.
The series takes its name from the link between exterior appearance and interior experience - the notion that we are not always aware of what is expressed and what is hidden, in ourselves and in others.
Many of the pieces in the series contain stories, words and phrases etched into the internal clay walls. These words can largely never be fully read or deciphered unless the piece is destroyed, further enforcing the idea of a hidden internal narrative.
As with all architecture it’s the stories that develop inside a structure that really matter.
These angular, multi-faceted objects are made from meticulously constructed slabs of clay without the use of molds or slip-casting techniques and have a similar appearance and texture to marble or soapstone.
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