A good 40 years ago, Dave Clark was making tables and wall constructions, which led to numerous shows of his constructions as well as representation of his tables through design centers in both Miami and Laguna Beach. He drifted away from his art once he became an Educator, shifting his energy to meeting the needs of his students and other artistic interests (he also has been publishing a magazine dealing with high-end audio for the past 25 years). Since retiring in 2016, he has returned to his art and tables.
His early inspiration came from the patterns and complexities found in electrical substations and common objects, shapes, materials, and patterns found in everyday objects. Today his inspiration comes from lying awake at night and not being able to sleep… and then thinking; Oh, yeah, that would be cool to try. He loves repetition and order, as well as playing a material or surface against other materials or surfaces with textures and shapes. To counter-balance the potential of sterility and sameness, one can find a sense of humor and playfulness in various pieces. He wants his pieces to age, as people do, so many are left raw and unsealed.
He sees his art as more dysfunctional than functional, though many are... well, rather functional.
And while he has not had any formal education in Art or Design - he did have an art class in Middle School and classes in Drafting and Architecture in High School - he does have degrees in Psychology and Sociology, as well as advanced degrees in Education.
Select tables can be found at:
Made by Millworks, 240 Pine Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802
Inquiries - firstname.lastname@example.org
2018 December - January 2019. Select pieces. Curated by Vinny Picardi and Monica Fleming. Loiter Galleries. Long Beach, CA.
2018 October. Hellada Gallery. Group Show. Long Beach, CA.
2018 October. Long Beach Open Studio Tour. Long Beach, CA.
2018 March. Art in a New Place. Art Exchange and the Venice Institute of Contemporary Art (ViCA). Curated from the ViCA 2017 catalog by Ron Nelson, Director of the Long Beach Museum of Art and Art Exchange board member. Long Beach, CA.
2017 October. Long Beach Open Studio Tour. Long Beach, CA.
2017 October - March 2018. Art in Place. Newberry Lofts, Group Show. Jurors: Venice Institute of Contemporary Art. Long Beach, CA.
2017 October. 18 x 18 - 18 Tables, 18 Artists. MADE. Curator and Table Constructions: Dave Clark. Long Beach, CA.
2017 June. Edison Building, Group Show. Juror: Renee Tanner. Long Beach, CA.
1984-1986 Design Center South representation (furniture to the trade only). Laguna Beach, CA. and Miami Beach, FL.
1983-1985 Anne Goldman representation (wall constructions). Marina del Rey, CA.
1983 November. San Bernardino Valley College, partnered show with Mick Gronek. San Bernardino, CA.
1983 September. Traction Gallery, Group Show. Los Angeles, CA.
1982 September - October. Q-VO, Q-VO. Inland Empire Art Gallery, Individual Show. Riverside, CA.
1981 February. Inland Empire Art Gallery, Group Show. Riverside, CA.
1980 July - August. Pop Schemes. Inland Empire Art Gallery, Individual Show. Riverside, CA.
All images by Michael Jude