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David Schafer is a visual and sound artist based in Los Angeles whose interdisciplinary practice includes sculpture, sound, and installation. Influenced by urban planning, consumer, and capitalist systems, he is interested in the structures of the built environment and the market forces that shape them. His work reframes found motifs and structures to investigate systems of historical and cultural memory, built space, and language. This includes physical materials and related processes with digital media, algorithmic processing, 3-D modeling, and image and sound transliteration. Recent work addresses data-capitalism and how that augments the formation of identity, selfhood, and the digital uncanny.

Selected one person exhibitions and projects include Diane Rosenstein Gallery, Los Angeles, CA., Samuel Freeman Gallery, Los Angeles, CA., Studio 10 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY., Glendale College Art Gallery, Glendale, CA., Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Los Angeles, CA., Sara Meltzer Gallery, New York, NY. Selected group exhibitions include Royale Projects, Foyer-LA, JOAN, Los Angeles, CA., FiveCarGarage, Los Angeles, CA., Space Debris, Istanbul, Turkey, Tent Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland, The Contemporary Museum, Baltimore, MD., Sarah Gavlak Gallery, Palm Beach, FL., De Vleeshal, Middelburg, NL., Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA., The Sculpture Center, Long Island City, NY. Schafer’s Separated United Forms, a One Percent for the Arts commission is permanently installed at the Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena, CA. Other selected temporary public projects include Foyer-LA, Richard Telles Gallery, Los Angeles, CA., The USC campus, Los Angeles, CA., Prospect Park, Brooklyn, NY, and three Public Art Fund of NY commissions at MetroTech Center, Brooklyn, NY., City Hall Park, New York City, NY., and Cadman Plaza Park, Brooklyn, NY.

Schafer has performed at LaCita, Los Angeles, CA., Human Resources, Los Angeles, CA., David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles, CA., Samuel Freeman Gallery, Los Angeles, CA., Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions L.A.C.E., Los Angeles, CA., Printed Matter, New York City, NY., The Invisible Dog, Brooklyn, NY., Roulette, Brooklyn, NY., The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City, NY., Mildreds Lane, Scranton, PA. His sound works have been included in curated radio programs for RadioPhrenia, Glasgow, Scotland., Stress FM, Lisbon, Portugal, Online Radio Program-websynradio, Paris, France, Radio Village Normade, Marseille, France, United Nations Radio Network, Berlin, Germany, California State University Broadcasting, Northridge, CA., The Transmission Arts and John Cage Trust, New York City, NY., WMFU radio, East Orange, New Jersey.

David Schafer is the recipient of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award, Center for Cultural Innovation Grant, Los Angeles, CA., Visions and Voices Arts Initiative at USC, Los Angeles, CA., National Endowment for the Arts, New York City, NY., Sculpture Chicago, Artist in Residence, Chicago, ILL., Artist in Residence, Public Art Fund, New York City, NY. Schafer is a Professor of Fine Art at ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena, CA. and has been a visiting professor at CalArts, Otis, USC, USC Riverside, SVA, Cooper Union, Parsons, Rutgers, and Cornell University.