As artists and human beings, our position in the world is one of curious exploration, of observation and spontaneous response; a reflection that follows an act and prompts another.
The embryo of our Swollen Jungle originated – as these things usually occur – due to the accidental spill and reaction between different chemical components. Instead of working from a pre-established idea which shaped the works or the exhibition, we opted for an unplanned series of conversations, of informal meetings, favoring a mechanism of mutual action-reaction, a kind of osmosis, thinking of the space between the three of us as breeding ground.
Our individual focus of interests stretched from one another, curling and branching off, creating a mesh of images and objects which launch questions about the image as object, about the object as questioning subject. Expanding in rhizomatic growth, and feeding, as a speck of dust, from its chance encounters, it incorporated notions of the Baroque, technology and the sublime, critique of hierarchical structures, visual thinking, vegetal behaviors, and most of all the importance of friendship; and hair, much hair.
David Ferrando Giraut (Negreira, Spain, 1978) lives and works in London. Graduated from MFA in Fine Art in Goldsmiths College in 2008, and participant at the LUX Associate Artists Programme (2010-2011). Recent shows and screenings include 41º International Film Festival Rotterdam (2012); The Fantasist (solo), MACUF (A Coruña 2011); Against Gravity, ICA (London 2010); Everything is Out There, Inéditos, La Casa Encendida (Madrid 2010); Situación, CGAC (Santiago de Compostela 2008).
Gorka Mohamed (Santander, Spain, 1978) lives and works in London. Graduated from MFA in Art Practice in Goldsmiths University of London in 2008. His most recent exhibitions include: Riendo Hacias Atrás (solo), Distrito 4 Contemporary Art Gallery (Madrid 2011); Wonderpia, Seoul Museum of Art (Seoul 2011); Young London, V22 Collection (London 2011), Creekside Open 2011 selected by Dexter Dalwood', A.P.T Gallery. (London 2011); Ventriloquist, Timothy Taylor Gallery (London 2009).
Beatriz Olabarrieta (Bilbao, Spain, 1979) lives and works in London. Graduated from MA Sculpture RCA in 2007. Recent shows include Foliage (Solo), MOT International (Brussels 2012); Les Télévisions, French Riviera 1988 (London 2011); Inarticulado como esa planta que flota (solo), Trayecto Galeria (Vitoria 2011); Artist of the Day, Flowers Central (London 2010).