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Biography

David Schafer is a visual and sound artist in Los Angeles whose interdisciplinary practice includes sculpture, sound, text, and print for individual works, installations, and public art. He was born and raised in Kansas City, Mo., and grew up witnessing the developing suburbs, highways, and shopping malls consume the rural landscape around him. Influenced by urban planning and societal and consumer systems, he is interested in the structures of language and the built environment and the market forces that shape them. His work combines formalist aesthetics to reframe found motifs and structures in order to investigate systems of historical and cultural memory, built space, and language. Schafer employs hybrid techniques combining traditional materials in sculpture and 2D works. This includes physical materials and related processes, with digital media, algorithmic processing, 3-D modeling, and image and sound transliteration. His industrially fabricated sculptures may evoke large scale architectonic structures or smaller utilitarian forms. Schafer works with commercial materials, signage, and audio playback systems to create theatrical situations. His sculptures incorporate and embed multiple references that frequently layer sound with visual elements and physical structures, and at the same time present factual material with disjunctive collage. 

Selected one person exhibitions and projects include Diane Rosenstein Gallery, Los Angeles, CA., Samuel Freeman Gallery, Los Angeles, CA., Studio 10 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY., Glendale College Art Gallery, Glendale, CA., Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Los Angeles, CA., Sara Meltzer Gallery, New York, NY. Selected group exhibitions include Foyer-LA, JOAN, Los Angeles, CA., FiveCarGarage, Los Angeles, CA., Space Debris, Istanbul, Turkey, Tent Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland, The Contemporary Museum, Baltimore, MD., Sarah Gavlak Gallery, Palm Beach, FL., De Vleeshal, Middelburg, NL., Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA., The Sculpture Center, Long Island City, NY. Selected public projects include Foyer-LA, Richard Telles Gallery, Los Angeles, CA., The USC campus, Los Angeles, CA., Huntington Memorial Hospital, Pasadena, CA., MetroTech Center, Brooklyn, NY., City Hall Park, New York City, NY., and Cadman Plaza Park, Brooklyn, NY.

Schafer has performed sound at LaCita, Los Angeles, CA., Human Resources, Los Angeles, CA., David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles, CA., Samuel Freeman Gallery, Los Angeles, CA., Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions L.A.C.E., Los Angeles, CA., Printed Matter, New York City, NY., The Invisible Dog, Brooklyn, NY., Roulette, Brooklyn, NY., The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City, NY., Mildreds Lane, Scranton, PA. His sound works have been included in curated radio programs for RadioPhrenia, Glasgow, Scotland., Stress FM, Lisbon, Portugal, Online Radio Program-websynradio, Paris, France, Radio Village Normade, Marseille, France, United Nations Radio Network, Berlin, Germany, California State University Broadcasting, Northridge, CA., The Transmission Arts and John Cage Trust, New York City, NY., WMFU radio, East Orange, New Jersey.

David Schafer is the recipient of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award, Center for Cultural Innovation Grant, Los Angeles, CA., Visions and Voices Arts Initiative at USC, Los Angeles, CA., National Endowment for the Arts, New York City, NY., Sculpture Chicago, Artist in Residence, Chicago, ILL., Artist in Residence, Public Art Fund, New York City, NY. Schafer lives and works in Los Angeles and is a Professor of Fine Art at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA.