Matthew Darbyshire

b. 1977, Cambridge, UK


Matthew Darbyshire
Matthew Darbyshire, T Rooms, 2012


Darbyshire's Zabludowicz Collection exhibition, T Rooms, took place from October - December 2012 and reflected on the insistent regeneration of cities, initiated by developers and politicians rather than architects or designers. By using the developers' vernacular of branded motifs distilled from iconic local sites, sharper-than-life computer-generated geometry and uniform symmetry, Darbyshire&rsrsquo;s installation riffs on this architectural vocabulary and the various generic yet indecipherable uses it implies. The effect is of an eerily quiet, undefined public space that promotes isolation and alienation and causes visitors to question the realities and potentials of architecture.

Matthew Darbyshire was born in Cambridge in 1977 and now lives and works in Rochester, Kent. He graduated from the Slade in 2000 and the RA Schools in 2005. In 2011 his work was included in the British Art Show and The Shape We're In (London) and (New York) at the Zabludowicz Collection. Darbyshire is currently Fine Art Fellow at Kingston University and will have upcoming solo exhibitions at The Stanley Picker Gallery, Kingston University, London, Jousse Enterprise, Paris and Frac Nord pas de Calais, Dunkerque, France, and in 2013 at Kettle's Yard, Cambridge and Bloomberg Space, London. He is represented by Herald Street Gallery, London.