David Zimmerman Biography1991-2001 Small illustrative works for conferences, nonprofit organizations.
2003 3DYC (youth conference) Featured artists Visual Performance Art
May 2007 Group Exposition
Nov 2008 Redwood art Sale
Feb 2009 Winner Swerve, Home by Avi, Calgary’s Next top Artist
Exclusive artist for the Calgary Stampede Dream Home (July 2009)
David Zimmerman Description
About the Art
Juxtaposition is important to my work. Context and fragment, rock and bark, brick and moss, city and countryside: the surprising way that the world harmonizes disparate textures comes through in my work. There is a push and pull between worlds, between heavens and earth, and there is so much in-between. This resonates with the conflict and balance of emotion within my work. My paintings evoke thoughts and feelings that are in tension, often creating a discomfort in the viewer. At the same time, they have an aesthetic harmony, a unified beauty that draws all the elements together. Light and dark pallets break into each other, crash over each other, and remain distinct as they come together.
My creative process makes meaning. Initially my process was a quest to break from my roots in pen and ink, a medium with too much precision and control, and to allow the art to emerge organically from the techniques and materials themselves. I wanted to interact with the medium, not control it. I have found a way to explore and discover as I create, to be surprised by the work, even as I craft it. I use thick, heavy, glossy materials that form their own ridges and textures, reflecting surprising hues and shapes I hadn’t intended. I often set my brushes aside and use my hands and fingers to feel and effect change in the paintings. This interactivity is shared with the viewer. The deep textures of my art invite the viewer to touch. My works are fluid as they are viewed from different angles and lighting, with the glossy reflections incorporating the distinctives of viewer and surroundings into each viewing of my work. They blur the boundary between painting and participant, inviting the context into the experience at every level.
Hardboard, Canvas, gel mediums, foils, silver leaf, occasional fabrics, oil paints (preferred), acrylic, sign ink, gloss medium.