David Schafer

Untitled Logos No. 4 , 2020
Epson print on Epson paper
34 x 84 inches

Untitled Soundtrack, 2020
Vinyl records of corporate jingles, instructional, self help, spoken word, sound effects, and production music.
PA speaker, turntable, amp, misc. hardware

Artist Statement
This work is compiled from ten corporate trademarks and logos that represent ownership by companies including fast food, automobiles, gas, banks, media, and credit cards. The texts and specific identifying content was removed from each one to leave the abstract form and colors of the logo itself. The word Logos is not only plural for more than one logo, but is also a term used in Theology, Linguistics, and Philosophy to represent different ways of theorizing the concepts of center, presence, ground, or origin.

In addition there will be a selection of audio comprised of corporate jingles, spoken word, instructional, and self help records that will be emitted from an outdoor PA speaker. Viewers are invited to roll down their windows, or park and sit in the grass in front and listen.

David Schafer is an artist based in Los Angeles. His practice integrates sculpture, sound, text, and digital print elements for individual works, installations, and public art. Schafer often appropriates and reframes cultural motifs, site, and structures in order to investigate systems of historical and cultural memory, built space, and language. He is interested in producing collisions, contradictions and convergences at the intersection of sculpture, architecture, sound, and language in order to disrupt communication intentionally through strategies of interruption. One-person exhibitions have been presented at Diane Rosenstein Gallery, Samuel Freeman Gallery, Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Works on Paper, Los Angeles, CA, Glendale College Art Gallery, Glendale, CA, Studio 10 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, Sara Meltzer Gallery, New York. Group exhibitions include More Light, JOAN, Siren, FiveCarGarage, Los Angeles, Re-modeling: New Ideas on the Form and Function of Architecture Models, Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA, LOL: A Decade of Antic Art, The Contemporary Museum, Baltimore, MD, Think Pink, Sarah Gavlak Gallery, Palm Beach, FL, Futureways: The Middleburg Triennial 2304, De Vleeshal, Middelburg, NL, In Exile, Space Debris, Istanbul, Turkey, LaLaLand, Tent Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland. Schafer is the recipient of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award, Center for Cultural Innovation Grant, Visions and Voices Arts Initiative USC, National Endowment for the Arts, NY. His work has been written about in ArtForum, Arts, Art News, Art Issues, ArtWeek, The Wire, Metropolis, Cabinet Journal, Documents Journal, Los Angeles Times, New York Times. Schafer is an Associate Professor of Fine Art at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA.