David Gallagher

David Gallagher Contemporary ceramic installations

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David Gallagher is a ceramic artist from Philadelphia who completed his undergraduate work at the Tyler School of Art-Temple University. He is currently pursuing his Masters of Fine Arts at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas.

Research Statement
In our current epoch of ever more rapid invention it becomes paramount to analyze our relationships to the technology we produce. Systems are created on the foundations of existing technology and are tied to the accepted modes of history and the present.  These technologies mediate our experiences with the physical world. We no longer have hundreds of years to determine appropriate uses for the technology we create. In many cases this time frame can be compressed to months or even weeks, with the only criteria for its evaluation being its novelty. These tools we create enter our perception with singularity of purpose, and yet cause repercussions though out our whole cultural existence.

The primary focus of my artistic practice is the systems we create to manage our society. I am constantly investigating our understanding of the physical and psychological environments we construct. Humanity is driven to invent; to create tools that aid in the managing of society’s existence. Our instinctual proclivity to transcend what exists, to constantly refine and redefine our own existence is the central idea that drives my research. My work is a simulation and examination of systems that function within the constructs of social environments. These systems provide a framework for the investigation of the possibilities of context, specific iterations of conventional relationships.

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David Gallagher: Neo Directional Night Light, 2011, Translucent Cast Porcelain, Digital Processor, LEDs, Acrylic Rod, Wood

David Gallagher: Neo Directional Night Light, 2011, Translucent Cast Porcelain, Digital Processor, LEDs, Acrylic Rod, Wood

David Gallagher: Specific Ubiquity (Green Space), 2010, Portland Cement, Lab Glass, Miracle Grow, Unfired Iron Rich Clay, Grass

David Gallagher: Specific Ubiquity (Green Space), 2010, Portland Cement, Lab Glass, Miracle Grow, Unfired Iron Rich Clay, Grass

David Gallagher: Gavage (Fracking Scanner), 2011, Coil-built Stoneware, Wood, Foam, QR Code, Website, Digital Processor, Laser
Note: Laser Scans are surrounding the Vinyl QR code, which directs viewers to a website with Image Mapping.

David Gallagher: Gavage (Fracking Scanner), 2011, Coil-built Stoneware, Wood, Foam, QR Code, Website, Digital Processor, Laser

Note: Laser Scans are surrounding the Vinyl QR code, which directs viewers to a website with Image Mapping.

David Gallagher
Data interpretation 5, 2011, Plotter Drawing (first image).
Note: This series of drawings were made from original hand drawings of data that were then photographed, processed through software and then output through a plotting machine.

This Land is Your Land, 2011, Digital Image from photographs, 3D Rendering and Thermal Image (second image).

David Gallagher: Lies We Tell Ourselves When Everyone Else Is Around, 2010, Woodfired Stoneware, Bubble Gum, Faux Velvet Pillow, Pressure Treated Lumber

David Gallagher: Lies We Tell Ourselves When Everyone Else Is Around, 2010, Woodfired Stoneware, Bubble Gum, Faux Velvet Pillow, Pressure Treated Lumber