David Ivan Clark
About The Artist
In addition to his many solo and group exhibitions in several national galleries, David Ivan Clark’s work has been chosen by curators of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Los Angeles County Museum, San Francisco Museum Of Modern Art and the Denver Art Museum. His work is held in over six hundred private, public and corporate art collections national and internationally.
The vast, silent plains of western Canada, where I was born and raised, inform both my life and work. As a child I felt the numinous in all that emptiness and I yearn for this connection still. My artwork present land, sky and nothing more. Held up to the turbulent flux of the mechanized world, they offer refuge. At times, swayed by nostalgia, I leave this refuge intact. These paintings – straightforward evocations of the vast space in which I moved as a child – are variations on the theme of romantic landscape. Other times, I push the paintings further, blurring the boundary between romantic landscape and weathered industrial artifact. These paintings dwell in limbo, each marking the spot where nostalgia collides with fact. From a distance they too offer refuge but as one draws near, bucolic illusion becomes fugitive: deep space collapses to surface; distant horizon reverts to paint, pitted and scoured; serene haven, glimpsed as if on film, old, grainy and scratched, dissolves to abstraction. In the post-modern age we occupy not the world, but our own shimmering projections. External reality is intellectual construct flung outward. The natural sanctuary I seemingly inhabited as a child, and yearn for still, doesn’t exist. My work reflects this dilemma.
Bay Area, California
Jurors Recommendation, Pro Arts Juried Annual
Juror: Larry Rinder, Curator of Contemporary Art,
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Actos Capital, LLC, New York, NY
Risk Management Solutions Corporation, Newark, CA
Schell, Mitchell and Cooley, Dallas, TX
Peggy Galeb, New York, NY
Doug Chadwick & Randy Westphal, Laguna Beach, CA
Patricia McHugh, Long Grove, IL
James Horne, Brooklyn, NY
Dr. Steven Ball, Cleveland, OH
Allison Thacker, Woodside, CA
Charles and Janet Birenbaum, San Francisco, CA
Thomas Power III, Green Oaks, IL
Joseph Grant, Ojai, CA
Paul Gamble, Bethesda, MD
Marc & Judy Chamlin, Scarsdale, NY
Joseph and Kirsten Rojas, Las Vegas, NV
Jess Gardner, Lawrenceville, GA
Mary Sprague, Los Altos, CA
Joe Hoefferle & Sabrina Witherby, Essex Junction, VT
Karen Greiner, Austin, TX
Shana McBurney, San Francisco, CA
William and Melissa Woodard, Charleston, SC
Geoff Chase, San Diego, CA
Rex Blake, Marine on St Croix, MN
Christopher Ciano, Sherman Oaks, CA
Ron Sturzenegger, Hillsborough, CA
Merilyn E. Konnerth, New York, NY
Richard Sigal, New York, NY
Artis Ann Montague, Woodside, CA
Anne Carr, Darien, CT
Piero Spadaro, San Francisco, CA
Catherine Lee, Condon, OR
Michael Barkin, Denver, CO
Jesse Lafortune, Bodden Town, Grand Caymen Island
Roxanne Hicklin, Cary, NC
Renee Balsley, Naples, FL
Daniel Moyer, Denver, CO
Karen Braun, Bloomfield, MI
2012 The Dairy Center for the Arts, Boulder, CO
2011 “Non-Traditional Landscapes” Triton Museum, Santa Clara, CA.
2010 Transformer Gallery 7th Annual Benefit Auction. Mexican Cultural Institute, Washington, DC
2010 Susan Calloway Fine Arts. 1643 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Washington DC.
2010 Paia Contemporary Gallery, Paia, HI
2010 Aaron Gallery, Washington, DC.
2009 Triton Museum Satellite Gallery, Santa Clara, CA.
2009 San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Artist’s Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
2009 “Metaphysical Abstraction”, Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, CA.
2008 The Sky is Falling, Spur Projects, Portola Valley, CA
2008 Then and Now, Hang Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2007 Solo: Nowhere Remains, Lobby Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
2007 Solo: Gathering Void, Hang Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2007 Benefit Auction, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art
2007 Solitaire, Hang Art, San Francisco, CA
2006 High and Outside, Spur Projects, Portola Valley, CA
2006 Virus, Lobot Gallery, Oakland, CA
2006 Horizon, Hang Art, San Francisco, CA
2005 Gallery Artists, Modern 1 Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2005 Other Skies, Solo Exhibition, Hang Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2004 Ink and Clay 30, Kellog University Art Gallery, Cal Poly, Pomona, CA
2004 No Place, Solo Exhibition, Hang Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2004 Juror, Hollis Goodall, Associate Curator, Japanese Art, LA County Museum of Art
2003 Hang Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2003 I Wolk Galleries, St. Helena, CA
2003 Drawings published: River City, The Literary Journal, University of Memphis, TN
2002 Oakland Sesquicentennial Celebration, Oakland Art Gallery, Oakland, CA
2001 Absence and Otherness, Crucible Steel Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2001 Matrix International Exhibit, Matrix Arts, Sacramento, CA
2000 Pro Arts Juried Annual, Oakland, Ca
2000 Juror: Larry Rinder, Curator of Contemporary Art, Whitney Museum
2000 of American Art, New York, NY
2000 What is Drawing Now? National Exhibition, Weber State University, Ogden, UT
2000 Juror: Jane Fudge, Curator, Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO
2000 California Small Works, Sonoma Museum of Visual Art, Santa Rosa, CA.
2000 Juror: Carrie Lederer, New Bedford Art Center, Walnut Creek, CA
2000 Spanning the Bay, Center for Visual Arts, Oakland CA.
2000 Juror: Carlos Loarca, Somar Gallery, San Francisco, CA