Wk 9 – Artist Conversation – David DeSantis

 

Exhibition Information

Artist: David DeSantis
Exhibition: Day Dreamer
Media: Printing, Ink, Paper
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Merlino Gallery
Website: n/a
Instagram: @rapturefineart

About the Artist

David DeSantis is currently attending California State University Long Beach as an undergraduate in his senior year. He is in the Print Making program attempting to attain his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Originally, David wanted to become a mechanic and became interested more into art when he entered college. Aside from enjoying to draw motorcycles, David likes to skateboard and snowboard. He is also very interested in music and going to music festivals.

Formal Analysis

In David’s exhibition, Day Dreamer, he focused on fluid abstract expressionism. The piece “Rising Deep Water” clearly illustrates the fluid part of his focus. While “Gem Hard Shogun” has more of a straight and jagged lines. The ‘abstract’ part of his work would be seen as the way he is coloring and shading the pieces, as seen in “Bite the Hand.”

Content Analysis

David DeSantis said that one of the biggest influence for “Day Dreamer” is music. He used music as an inspiration as to how he was going to create certain pieces. “Gem Hard Shogun” and “Bite the Hand” seem like louder and more upbeat kind of tone, like dubstep, while “Rising Deep Water” has more of a soft and calmer tone.

Synthesis/My Experience

I really enjoyed David DeSantis’ exhibit. I was really surprised when he got inspiration from music. I found that to be very cool and after he mentioned it, it became more clear to me. When he mentioned that he listens to dubstep, I was so happy because I also listen to dubstep. the “Gem Hard Shogun” would be my favorite piece from the gallery. I liked it so much that I turned it into my phone wallpaper.

 

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