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David Schafer is a visual and sound artist based in Los Angeles. Schafer’s architecturally scaled sculptures evoke industrially produced artifacts and utilitarian objects. His practice integrates sculpture, sound, text, and digital print elements for individual works, installations, and public art. His approach combines formalist aesthetics with a critical intent, often appropriating and reframing cultural motifs, site, and structures in order to investigate systems of historical and cultural memory, built space, and language. He is interested in producing collisions, contradictions and convergences at the intersection of sculpture, architecture, sound, and language in order to disrupt communication intentionally, incisively, through strategies of fragmentation and interruption. Schafer employs hybrid techniques combining traditional materials in sculpture and 2D works. This includes physical materials and related processes, along with digital media, algorithmic processing, 3-D modeling, and image and sound transliteration.

One-person exhibitions of Schafer’s work have been presented at Diane Rosenstein Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. (2015); Samuel Freeman Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, (2014); Studio 10 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, (2013); Studio 10 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, (2012); Glendale College Art Gallery, Glendale, CA, (2012); Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, (2001); Sara Meltzer Gallery, New York, (2001); Works on Paper, inc., Los Angeles, CA, (2000); Van Rooy Gallery, Amsterdam, NL, (1990); MoMA-PS1 Special Projects, Long Island City, NY, (1987). His work has been included in group exhibitions such as More Light, JOAN, Los Angeles, CA, (2017); Siren, FiveCarGarage, Los Angeles, (CA, 2016); In Exile, Space Debris, Istanbul, Turkey, (2014); LaLaLand, Tent Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland, (2012); LOL: A Decade of Antic Art, The Contemporary Museum, Baltimore, MD, (2011); Think Pink, Sarah Gavlak Gallery, Palm Beach, FL, (2010); Futureways: The Middleburg Triennial 2304, De Vleeshal, Middelburg, NL, (2004); Re-modeling: New Ideas on the Form and Function of Architecture Models, Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA, (2004); Treble, The Sculpture Center, Long Island City, NY, (2004); Composed, Angles Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, (1998); Engaging Objects: The Participatory Art of Mirrors, Mechanisms, and Shelters, The Clocktower: The Institute for Art and Urban Resources, New York, NY, (1986). 

Selected public projects include Pink and Blue, Richard Telles Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, (2018); The Schoenberg Soundways, USC campus, Los Angeles, CA (2017); Separated United Forms, Huntington Memorial Hospital, Pasadena, CA, (2009); New Century Trellis, MetroTech Center, Brooklyn, NY, (1993); Liberty Prop, City Hall Park, New York City, NY, (1991); Plaza of the First Reader, Cadman Plaza Park, Brooklyn, NY, (1988). Schafer has performed sound at venues including LaCita, Los Angeles, CA, (2017); Human Resources, Los Angeles, CA, (2015); Printed Matter, New York City, NY, (2014); David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, (2013); The Invisible Dog, Brooklyn, NY, (2013); Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions L.A.C.E., Los Angeles, CA, (2012); Roulette, Brooklyn, NY, (2012); The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City, NY, (2010); Mildreds Lane, Scranton, PA, (2010). His sound works have been included in curated radio programs for RadioPhrenia, Glasgow, Scotland, (2019); California State University Broadcasting, Northridge, CA, (2016); The Transmission Arts and John Cage Trust, New York City, NY, (2013); Stress FM, Lisbon, Portugal, (2014); Online Radio Program-websynradio, Paris, France, (2013); Radio Village Normade, Marseille, France, (2008); United Nations Radio Network, Berlin, Germany, (2008); WMFU radio, East Orange, New Jersey, (2001).

David Schafer is the recipient of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award, (2018); Center for Cultural Innovation Grant, (2015); Visions and Voices Arts Initiative, USC, Los Angeles, CA, (2015); Taki-Fuji Award, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA, (2001); National Endowment for the Arts, New York City, NY, (1989); Exhibitions Grant, Artists Space, New York City, NY, (1986); Sculpture Chicago, Artist in Residence, Chicago, ILL, (1989); Artist in Residence, Public Art Fund, New York City, NY, (1986). His work has been written about in ArtForum, Arts, Art News, Art Issues, ArtWeek, The Wire, Metropolis, Cabinet Journal, Documents Journal, LA Weekly, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, The Village Voice, Baltimore Sun, Philadelphia Enquirer, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune. Schafer is currently an Associate Professor of Fine Art at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA.