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Davey Whitcraft

  • 480 Gate 5 Rd, Sausalito, CA 94965, USA
  • 101

About The Artist

Artist Statement

Davey Whitcraft’s practice is centered on the creation of light and sound landscapes, spanning a range of media from video, digital prints and sound installation. The articulation of the contextual ambience of specific environments is a primary concern for Davey. The work draws upon the American West’s vast visual landscapes of expansive color and atmosphere. This aesthetic sensibility is utilized in exploring new contexts and locales, and in the hunt for a sublime color, or a sound palette, hiding in a natural or a man-made environment.

 

The work embraces the technical rather than rejecting it. Davey uses digital and technological innovation to expand upon the idea of seeing. This affords an extreme depth and precision to color and gradients that are all but impossible with traditional media. While Davey’s practice is informed by the traditions of the Light and Space works of the 1960s, he uses hyper-contemporary tools and methods – 4k video capture and projection, high resolution dye sublimation printing on fabric and paper and multi-channel digital sound technologies.

The colorfields, video environments and sound works are radically abbreviated in terms of detail. Recognizable references are highly edited or removed altogether, allowing the viewer to experience pure color, light and sound. Across all media, Davey holds the experience of light and dimension to be at the center of his practice, and is a reflection of a search for the infinite and immaterial.

Biography

Davey Whitcraft holds an MFA from University of California Los Angeles and a BFA from California College of the Arts, San Francisco, California. His work has been included in museums including MOCA in Los Angeles, California, SF MOMA, LA Architecture + Design Museum, San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, Godwin-Ternbach Museum NY, Museum of Architecture and Design in Ljubljana, Slovenia and exhibitions including Subliminal Projects Los Angeles, California, 323 Projects Los Angeles, California, Rietveld Art Academy Amsterdam, Netherlands, One-Off Moving Image Festival Copenhagen Denmark, Yami-ichi Brussels, Belgium, London West Gallery London, England and the Leap Second Festival, Norway.

To see my full CV, go to https://images.discerningassets.com/image/upload/v1641427364/Whitcraft_Resume_hrjvgg.pdf

Art Medium(s)

Acrylic Paint, Digital Art, Mixed Media, Photography, Prints and Printmaking

Studio Information

Building Name

ICB Artist Building

Studio Or Unit Number

101

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Artist Full Name
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Phone

9177244608

Exhibitions & Press

Group Exhibitions

2021
All Clouds Canted, Gallery 111, Sausalito, CA
 
The Wrong Biennale #5, wrong.tv
 
Leap Second Festival,
http://noemata.net/leapsecond.online/
 
60 Seconds Festival, Copenhagen, DK
 
One-Off Moving Image Festival, Copenhagen, Frederiksberg, Køge and Helsingør
 
Words Without Translation, Dzine Gallery, San Francisco, California, two-person show
 
Aardvarks in Reykjavik, Atlantic Gallery, New York, New York, two-person show.
 
Art in the Time of Corona Volume 2, DAB Art, Los Angeles, California.
 
Las Laguna Gallery, Laguna Beach, California, Sky’s the Limit
 
Exhibizone, Smart Gallery
 
Atlantic Gallery, New York, New York, In Conversation
 
311 Gallery, Raleigh, North Carolina, All Abstract, Juried Show
 
The San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, A Digital Art Salon, Curated by Michelle Robinson
 
2020
Contemporary Art Projects USA, Art Basel Miami Week 2020, Art Under Covid-19.
 
Art Students League New York, Linea: Quarantine 2, curated by James Little
 
#bienniale.NO, The unbearable lightness of internet, organized by noemata (Bjorn Magnhildoen, Zsolt Mesterhazy)
 
2017
Browserbased, Rietveld Art Academy, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
 
Yami-ichi, Brussels, Belgium.
 
Kulturnatt, Copenhagen, Denmark. Curated by Stora Götafors and Charlotta Eidenskog.
 
Godwin-Ternbach Museum, Queens, New York.
 
2016
Libre Graphics Culture and Practice, London West Gallery, London, England.
 
2015
Pushing the Press, Architecture and Design Museum (A+D), Los Angeles, California. Curated by Stephen Child and David Mayes.
 
I LOVE YOU (collaboration with Ana Llorente) at Talleres Publicos/Big City Forum, Pacoima, California. Curated by Leonardo Bravo.
 
0p3nr3p0, Singapore.
 
Leap Second Festival, Norway.
 
2013
Typo San Francisco, California. Curated by Kali Nikitas and Erik Spiekermann.
 
2012
BIO 23 Design Biennial Ljubljana, Slovenia, 2012. Curated by Margo Konings and Margriet Vollenberg.
 
Hot Town, 323 Projects, Los Angeles, California. Curated by Tucker Neel.
 
October Surprise, 323 Projects, Los Angeles, California. Curated by Tucker Neel.
 
Fake Record Covers, Strangeways Academy, Los Angeles, California. Curated by AIGA Los Angeles, OTIS Chapter.
 
2011
Art in the Streets (as part of Bill Daniel artwork) Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, California. Curated by Roger Gastman.
 
ReThink LA, Architecture and Design Museum, Los Angeles, California. Curated by Kellie Konapelsky.
 
2010
London Anti-Design Festival, London, England. Curated by Neville Brody.
 
2008
Park Life, Subliminal Projects, Los Angeles, California. Curated by Shepard Fairey/Studio Number One.
 
2007
CCA@100: Innovation by Design, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Curated by Douglas Burnham.
 
2006
Eisner Museum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
 
Evomusart: Budapest, Hungary.
 
Lost in Border, New Wight Gallery, Los Angeles, California.
 
Los Angeles Times and The Path of a Butterfly Sometimes Deviates added to Rhizome Artbase.
 
2003

Extromission, San Francisco Arts Commission.

Awards

2012

Faculty Development Grant, OTIS College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, California.

Education

Description

2017-2021 Ph.D. candidate (ABD, expected completion 2021), Philosophy, Art, and Critical Thought, European Graduate School, Saas-Fee, Switzerland.
 
2004-2006 M.F.A. Design | Media Arts,  University of California Los Angeles.

1999-2003 B.F.A. Design, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, California.

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For me, the art happens more in the head than in the canvas

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