David Steans is an artist and lecturer on the BA (Hons) Fine Art course at Leeds Arts University.
Steans’ practice encompasses written fiction, moving image, performance, installation and music. He takes a cue from broadly postmodern approaches to fiction and narrative in art, literature and moving image media, and is particularly interested in employing the 'blurring' of fact and fiction as a creative method. Recent work has used horror, humour and reflexive storytelling to complicate familiar representations and narratives.
Recent solo presentations include: Deptford X 2018 Platform Commission, Deptford, London, UK (2018); Gruesome FX, Triangle Arts, Brooklyn, USA (2018) and Crime World, The Tetley, Leeds (2017). Recent group exhibitions and events include: AS MUCH ABOUT FORGETTING, Viborg Kunsthal, Denmark (2018); MANTEL, Copperfield Gallery, London, UK (2018); Medieval City-One, 2 Queens, Leicester (2017); Mould Map 6 – TERRAFORMERS, Bonington Gallery, Nottingham Trent University (2016); The Kippenberger Challenge, De Appel Institut Library, Amsterdam (2016); Display Show, Eastside Projects, Birmingham (2015) and A BRITISH ART SHOW, Meyohas, Manhattan, USA (2015). His work has been screened and broadcast as part of Radiophrenia Festival (2016), Spectrum Survey of Artist's Film and Video (2016), ArtRotterdam Intersections (2016), and The Programme, University of Central Lancashire (2015).
In 2018 Deptford X published 'From the Lounge', a collection of Steans' short stories. His writing has also been included in 'RIPE' (2017), a collection of essays published by Corridor8, and 'Cadavere Quotidiano' (2014), an anthology of writing by contemporary artists published by Project X Foundation for Art & Criticism. He has been involved in several music projects, and has had work released by the record label Art into Life. He participated in the founding year of alternative art school The School of the Damned (2013 – present), and is co-founder of ongoing collaborative project Medieval helpdesk (2015 – present).