A California native, David DiMichele studied art at University of California at Berkeley, U.C. Santa Cruz and Cal State Long Beach. His diverse influences, reflecting the hyprid nature of his work, include conceptualist Jim Melchert, at Berkeley, and the New York School abstract painter Jack Tworkov at Long Beach. DiMicheles involvement with abstract drawing, painting and sculpture led to a series of installation projects in the 1990s at such venues as Simard/Halm Gallery, Los Angeles, Laguna Art Museum, Claremont Graduate University of Art, Cal State Fullerton and the Irvine Fine Art Center. Since the end of the 1990s, DiMichele has focused on a body of work in photographic mediums called Pseudo Documentations. His work is represented in the collections of The Capital Group, Laguna Art Museum, Bank of America, and Disney Corporation, among others. He is a winner of the 2008-9 City of Los Angeles (COLA) Individual Artist Fellowship. His work is represented in Los Angeles by Paul Kopeikin Gallery.
My work has always focused on abstraction, initially with non-objective imagery, and later by examining the concept of abstract art in various ways, questioning its conventions and traditions. These works took the form of painting, painted relief sculpture, drawing and installation. Since 2000, my work has taken the form of large scale photography, although it has little to do with the usual issues in that medium. The photographs I create depict fantasy installations in grandiose exhibition spaces. The works are produced by first building scale models of exhibition spaces, and creating within the spaces original artworks in drawing, painting and sculpture mediums. These installations are then photographed with a large format camera to create the final works. The Pseudodocumentation photographs are inspired by my background as an installation artist, my passion for monumental museum and gallery architecture, and my abiding love of abstract form. The works reverse the usual situation whereby an artwork is created, subsequently documented by a photograph, and reproduced in a book or magazine as a representation of the work.
University of California at Berkeley, art major University of California at Santa Cruz B.A. California State University Long Beach M.F.A.
SOLO EXHIBITIONS 2009 Pseudodocumentation, Randall Scott Gallery New York 2007 Pseudodocumentation, Paul Kopeikin Gallery Los Angeles 2001 An Automatic Drawing Environment, California State University Fullerton, Grand Art Complex, Santa Ana, California 1999 Automatic Drawing Project 1999- Vicissitudes, Mendenhall Art Gallery, Whittier College, Whittier, California 1997 Automatic Drawing Project, Claremont Graduate University, Peggy Phelps Gallery, Claremont, California 1996 Rorschach/Rococo, Pierce College Art Gallery, Woodland Hills, California 1995 Monochromes, William Turner Gallery, Venice, California 1991 Recent Paintings, LA Artcore Gallery, Los Angeles, California 1990 Moments In Time, Portfolio Gallery, Long Beach, California 1989 The Real and the Unreal, Simard/Halm Gallery, Los Angeles, California 1989 Painted Wall Reliefs, Mira Costa College, Oceanside, California 1988 Transformations, California State University Long Beach
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS 2009 Cola (City of Los Angeles) 2009 Individual Artist Fellowships, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery Manifestation, Carl Berg Projects Los Angeles molasses moves rather quickly. Phantom Galleries LA/Long Beach 2008 Constructed Realities, Kohler Art Center, Sheboygan, Wisconsin 2007 Forms in Photography, 98ten Gallery, Irvine, California 2006 Aligning with Abstract LA, den Gallery, Culver City, California 2005 Icons Icons, Icon Gallery, Los Angeles 2004 Ultrachrome, Carl Berg Gallery, Los Angeles Analog/Digital, Irvine Fine Art Center, Irvine, California 2003 Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles 2002 New Directions, University of Southern California, Los Angeles 2001 Essence Re-pared, Tomodachi Gallery, New York Phigment, Irvine Fine Art Center, Irvine, California Drawing as Abstraction, Whittier College, Whittier, California 2000 One Night Stand, The Farmer's Daughter Motel, Los Angeles OK to Touch, Angels Gate Cultural Center, San Pedro, California Phototron 2000, Georges, Los Angeles, California The Spurgeon Experience II, The Spurgeon Building, Santa Ana 1999 Future Present, Pasadena City College Art Gallery, California (installation) Circular Logic, 1-5 Gallery, Los Angeles, California (installation) 1998 Mid Sized Median, Ubermain, Gallery, Los Angeles, California Strange Air- The Fall Show, Los Angeles, California LA ArtCore Award Winners, LA ArtCore Brewery Annex, Los Angeles Siqueros/Koll Gallery, Los Angeles, California Downtown Lives 98- Automatic Drawing Project: an Environment (installation) DADA, Los Angeles California 1997 Wallworks, L. A. Artcore Gallery, Los Angeles, California The Big Wave, Andrew Shire Gallery, Los Angeles, California 1996 Smoggy Abstraction: Recent Painting From Los Angeles, Haggerty Art Museum, Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin ,…Read More