In the last few years the International Contemporary Furniture Fair has become something of a recruiting ground and clubhouse for ROLLOUT and we have met many new friends and collaborators there. One of our best recent artist scoops has been David Palmer who we got to know at ICFF 2007 and who has become a big inspiration for us since. We are always glad when we can introduce you to a new artist and at the same time show how we work together to create unique papers for our ROLLOUT artist series. As our collaborative wallpaper series says: 'Oh, That Explains Everything.'
David Palmer is a Los Angeles-based artist, designer and songwriter. His paintings and inlaid-linoleum artworks have been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions at museums and galleries throughout the US. He has also worked as a digital effects artist on over a dozen feature films, including Spiderman 3 and the first Harry Potter movie.
Company: david palmer studio
Education: MFA in Painting, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
BA in Art, University of Florida
Describe your work: Itís like looking through an imaginary microscope.
Iím inspired by nature, but not just by its appearance. Iím interested in the ways things are connected, both directly and through networks, and how simple elements can combine and evolve into complex organisms. Iím especially fascinated by the invisible connections that we donít see directly, but that are a big part of how we experience the world.
Awards or Recognition: Exhibitions in galleries and museums throughout the US. Artist residencies at the MacDowell Colony, and at 18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica.
Future Projects/Goals: Iím developing a collection of dinnerware with Ink Dish thatís going to be released this summer. Iím very excited about my collaborations with ROLLOUT, and look forward to doing more together. And of course Iím always in the studio working on new paintings.
What is one word that describes your artist style? Evolving
How did you get started working with ROLLOUT? I met Jonathan and Anita a few years ago at their ICFF booth in New York. I loved their work, we had a great conversation, and we talked about eventually doing something together. The following year I had a booth at SURTEX for my design company dadabank, and I worked with ROLLOUT to create large wallpaper panels with my designs and artwork on them (which came out amazing). We also had a chance to hang out together in NYC, which was a lot of fun. We recently collaborated on a project for the exhibition Radiant Dark 2010, on display this January in Toronto. The theme of this yearís show was Assets & Values. Our entry was a series of three wallpaper panels that looked like chalkboard drawings from classroom lectures about the economy. We collaborated remotely between Vancouver and Los Angeles, passing Photoshop files back and forth over the internet. It was a great way to work, and made me really appreciate the creative possibilities opened up by the web.
What resources do you use for creating your work?
Iíve been keeping journals since my freshman year of college. They are a combination sketchbook, diary, scrapbook and idea repository, and I always have one with me. There is a numbered encyclopedia set of them on a shelf in my studio. They are the primary tools I use for getting stuff out of my brain and onto paper, where I can start working with it.
Can you share any of your secret tips?
I once heard a radio interview with Chuck Close, and the host asked him about inspiration. He answered, ďInspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just get to work.Ē Thatís a pretty good tip!
What did your parents want you to be instead of an artist?
I wanted to be an astronaut. My parents were relieved that I changed my mind and decided to do something practical.
Is there a piece of art you wished you had created, and why?
The portrait of Benjamin Franklin on the US $100 bill. Itís one of the most widely appreciated pieces of art in the world. And Ben was a pretty cool guy.
What gets you excited about tomorrow? I figure it will be kind of like today, but different. Iím excited about seeing how itís different.
How would you refer to the current artistic style and mindset you live in today?
Everything and everyone is connected, often in ways we canít see. The speed of change is accelerating. We are bombarded with images and sounds, and out of necessity filter most of them out. The challenge for an artist is to create work thatís of our time, thatís relevant to our increasingly complex world, but that also embodies a strong personal vision. The personal is more important than ever.
Anything else youíd like to add?
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DAVID PALMER'S PROJECTSOh, That Explains Everything! Series Major Motion Picture Oxygen