David Van Ness | Biography


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Media Description: Sculpture

 
ARTIST STATEMENT:

Soon, organisms will be another medium for artists to manipulate like clay. There will be no structure to limit them from doing so. It will only be the skill of the artist that might eventually determine a species rather than the genetics of the species. What looks like a cat may have actually begun life as a cow or dog. Man made creatures will walk among those created by mother nature. Cubist cows and abstract rats will flourish in our city streets, be traded on eBay, and live amongst us as pets. This will be accomplished by breaking down the DNA on the molecular level allowing for free manipulation to occur by outside forces until they are set by the designer. Once done however, they'll be able to be changed as many times as the designer wishes. Life will truly be customizable. Man will have ultimate control over nature, redesigning it to his will. Man will be able to make the natural world his own, work around his ideas and not that of eons of evolution. Man will in essence become nature and force an evolution upon the rest of the world. Genetics will be broken down to ooze that which can be shaped and modeled at will. Machines will become organic, organic will become mechanical. What becomes of a world created by our own creations, and how does this world react in contrast to the original world?

I create within my work a sense of this possibility. I look to automotive, furniture, and industrial design for the clues to what this world may look like. My work is a mix of both science fiction and modern sculptural practices. Though based on science fiction and surrealism in concept, I am interested in materialism and sleek abstract design in the physical manifestation of the work. Much of my work comes from dreams, but is edited in the building process.

RESUME:

EDUCATION
- Intermediate Productivity Solidwork
May 2007, MLC-CAD Austin, TX
- MFA, Sculpture, May 2003, Cranbrook Academy of Art, 2001-2003
Alvin Specter Scholarship
Joan Mitchell nomination. 1 of 2 nominated
- BFA, Sculpture, May 2001, Maryland Institute College of Art, 1997-2001
Cum Laude

GROUP SHOWS

*2012
"Gallery Artists", GF Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM.
"Gallery Artists", Visions West Gallery, Denver, CO and Bozeman, MT.
"Faculty Exhibition", Northern Arizona University Museum, Flagstaff, AZ.
"RAPID 2012", Society of Manufacturing Engineers, Atlanta, GA.
"3D Print Show", The Brewery, London, England. International Invitational Show
2011
"Euclid House", Ro2 Gallery, Dallas, TX.
SculptCAD Rapid Artists, Society of Manufacturing Engineers, Hyatt Regency Minneapolis, Minneapolis, MN.
"Major Donors Party", McKinney Avenue Contemporary, Dallas, TX.
"Gallery Artists", GF Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM.
"Gallery Artists", Visions West Gallery, Denver, CO and Bozeman, MT.
"Sex Twist", Kirk Hopper Fine Art, Dallas, TX.

*2010
RapidArtists, SME Conference, Los Angeles, CA.

*2009
Visions West Gallery, Denver, CO.
Seven-O-Seven, Santa Fe, NM.
''Death is Easy Comedy is Hard'', Red Door Collective, Oakland, CA.

*2008
Seven-O-Seven, Santa Fe, NM.
''Pushing the Limits'', McKinney Avenue Contemporary, Dallas, TX.

*2007
Seven-O-Seven Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
''Reconfigured'', Basement Gallery, Knoxville, TN.
''Brookhaven Faculty Show'', Brookhaven Community College Forum Gallery, Farmer's Branch, TX.
''Faculty Show TCCD NE'', Fort Worth Community Arts Center, Fort Worth, TX.
''Gallery Artists'', Al.so Gallery, Dallas, TX.

*2006
''Global Warming'', Al.so Gallery, Dallas, Texas.
''Faculty Show'', Brookhaven Community College Forum Gallery, Farmer's Branch, TX.
''DADA Gallery Walk Show'', Al.so Gallery, Dallas, TX.
''Gallery's Artists'', Al.so, Gallery, Dallas, TX.
''The Stacking Cow'', Brenda Taylor Gallery, New York, NY.
''Natural Selections'', Al.so Gallery, Dallas, TX.
''Oh6 Selections'', 500X Gallery, Dallas, TX.

*2005
''Faculty Show'', Collin County Community College, Spring Creek Campus Gallery, Plano, TX.
''UnReal'', University of Texas at Dallas, Main Art Gallery, Richardson, TX.
''Faculty Show'' Dallas County Community College, Brookhaven College Forum Gallery, Farmers Branch, TX.

*2004
''Open Show', 500X Gallery, Dallas, TX.
''2004 Texas Sculpture Association Membership Show'', North Park Shopping Center, Dallas, TX.

*2003
''Selections from the 2003 Thesis Show," Cranbrook Museum of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.
''CranbrookAcademy of Art Thesis Show 2003'', Cranbrook Museum of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI.

*2002
Gallery 560, Ferndale, MI.
''Undefined Objects'', Cranbrook Museum of Art Forum Gallery, Bloomfield Hills, MI.
''MichigaNow'', Michigan Institute of the Arts, Detroit, MI.
''Sunday Drive'', Cranbrook Museum of Art Forum Gallery, Bloomfield Hills, MI.
''Cigarette as Muse'', Cranbrook Museum of Art Forum Gallery, Bloomfield Hills, MI.

*2001
''Senior Thesis Show'', Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD.
''Invitational Show of Maryland Institute College of Art Students'', Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA.
''Moving Show'', Harbor Place, Baltimore, MD.

*2000
''Flight'', Maryland Institute College of Art Sidewalk Gallery, Baltimore, MD.

*1999
''Drawing Show'', Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD.