David Bachelor Flatlands
David Batchelor is best known for his vividly coloured sculptural installations of illuminated lightboxes, industrial dollies, and other found objects. He has, however, always been interested primarily in drawing, painting, abstraction and the monochrome. These are preoccupations that are best charted in the immensely varied two-dimensional work that is the subject of this publication, which represents a first considered attempt to analyse Batchelor's graphic register by reflecting critically on his use of surface, painting, drawing, and colour.
Lavishly illustrated, it contains new writing by renowned international writer and curator Rudi Fuchs, an essay by Director of Fruitmarket, Fiona Bradley, and an insightful interview with the artist conducted by writer and curator Andrea Schieker, who first had the idea to focus on Batchelor’s two-dimensional work, and who has curated the exhibitions at Fruitmarket, Edinburgh and Spike Island, Bristol that this publication accompanies.