alt_space gallery opening reception: Saturday, March 1, 4 - 7pm
Exhibition dates: March 1- April 12, 2014
Distant Landscapes draws from the cultural anxieties influenced by history, popular culture, and technoscientific advancements. “Narratives of vulnerability and failure due to human ambition are a common thread throughout my work. I address these themes using a symbolic visual vocabulary, which encompasses signifiers of genetic research, cloning, ecology, and pop cultural anxieties regarding the repercussions of these advances,” explains Isenhour.
Isenhour approaches the issue of man’s manipulation of nature with a blend of humor, pathos, and the grotesque. Isenhour uses industrial materials and processes such as urethane foam carving, fiberglass-resin, urethane life-castings, taxidermy, commercial stains, and automotive paints. His slick, highly-polished surfaces and forms have the appearance of the human body in a state of molecular breakdown, fluid transformation and metamorphosis.
David Isenhour received a BFA in sculpture from East Carolina University and an MFA in sculpture from Michigan State University. His work has been exhibited at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta, Georgia; Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Jacksonville, Florida; Kresge Art Museum, East Lansing, Michigan; Masur Museum, Monroe, Louisiana; Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum, San Antonio, Texas; University of Maine Museum of Art, Bangor, Maine; MorYork Gallery, Los Angeles, California; and the Janet Kurnatowski Gallery, Brooklyn, New York. He has received numerous awards and institutional research grants. Isenhour resides in Orlando and is an Assistant Professor of Sculpture at the University of Central Florida.