Week 9-Artist Conversation-David DeSantis

Exhibition Information

Artist: David DeSantis
Exhibition: Day Dreamer
Media: Printmaking
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Mx L. Gatov Gallery East
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About the Artist

David DeSantis is a printmaking major at California State University Long Beach.  He is now a senior who started in typography and graphic design but quickly realized this was not creative enough for him.  He used to draw motorcycles and he did that until he was 18 and realized he wanted to use that and become an artist.  In his free time he likes to listen to dubstep.  He considers himself to be an adrenaline junkie.  This was his first exhibit that was a full showing.  He has had a few individual pieces In galleries before but never a full show like this.

Formal Analysis

He uses printmaking to make his work.  Most of his work is just in black and white and some of it is in color. I did not see a list of materials because I am pretty sure it is the basic materials for printmaking.  The pictures are also on top of a large thicker paper that is used as a border and structure.

Content Analysis

Mr. DeSantis says that his work has multiple connotations. He makes his art more abstract and have many spontaneous elements to create figurative images. The theme is based on the beat and rhythm of music. Because the art is done with music blasting, the art reflects what DeSantis is hearing.  In addition, it represents his creative state of mind that he has when he is listening to music and the day dreaming state he is able to enter.

Synthesis / My Experience

This exhibit was interesting.  It was a little hard for me to figure out what each picture was because they are more abstract and have a meaning in them.  But the artist allowed us to interpret our own meaning.  Some people saw a bear in one picture while I saw a wolf and he confirmed that he was attempting a wolf.  I think it is interesting that everyone can see such different images in the same picture.  That is what I liked about his art because I saw things differently from the person next to me and it added a little bit of mystery to the work.






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