Born: Phoenix, AZ.
Lives: Lancaster PA/New York, NY Studio: Brooklyn, NY
Professor of Art and Design, PA
Professor of Art and Design, Hong Kong
Adjunct Professor New York University, Humanities, Arts & Writing.
Designer, painter, filmmaker, and animator David Pierce has built a practice based both in suspicion and celebration of two-dimensional media in an effort to communicate its inherent distortions in the larger world. Pierce’s works unveil simmering tensions and mistrust in human interaction with digital technology, weaponry, and, often, each other. He highlights postmodern dualities in swathes of toxic smoke, soldiers’ glances, and taboo mixtures of bureaucracy, religion and psychological distress.
Pierce’s practice is built on the amalgamation of archival imagery sourced from corporate and independent information outlets: from major news networks, to anti-government websites, to independent journalist blogs and YouTube feeds. Over the course of a decade, he has collected, archived, and observed footage of secret munitions tests, weapons stashes, and mortar attacks narrated by unknown voices. These captures are the basis for new works, as individual watercolor panels. Animated sequences are then built, comparing controlled detonations by US forces with raw video proliferated through the web from Syria, Iraq and other military conflict zones.
2005 MFA Pratt
2000 BFA School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Toronto Independent Animation Festival, Official Selection
Southside Film Festival, Bethlehem PA, Official Selection
Loei Art Festival, Loei Thailand
FlickFair Film Festival, Official Selection. Radio Users: Hero’s Journey
2019 Digital Art Curatorial Exhibition Program – Immortal on Screen, Illustrations for Kyle McDonald’s People Staring at Computers, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts
Post-romance, curated by Larry Walczak at Renaissance Center, Erie, PA
AVI Festival 2016 (Art Video International), Jerusalum, Israel
Tower of Babel. Traveling exhibition for Schema Projects, Tel Aviv, Israel and Perugia Italy.
PAPER JAM: Exploring Visual Strategies for Social Concern, curated by Larry Walczak at Schema Projects, Brooklyn NY
Eyewash REDUX, Firework Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Published by the Artist, International Print Center, New York, NY
2015 AVI Festival 2015 (Art Video International), Netanya Israel
Group Show – Kunsthalle Galapagos. Brooklyn, NY
The (UN)Fair Art Show curated by Jen Wallace
The Red Door – Kunsthalle Galapagos. Brooklyn, NY
Group Show – The Greenpoint Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Fair Exchange – Eyebeam Gallery – Group show curated by Taeyoon Choi
The Iraq Project – Public Project New Brunswick, NJ
CurateNYC – Bill Hodges Gallery
Animacall – The Animation Project: Thessaloniki Center for Contemporary Art. Greece
Video Forum 2011: Palmetto AIR Gallery. Bushwick. Brooklyn, NY
Muertes Temporales: SHO Gallery @ The Loading Dock. Brooklyn, NY
Can’t Hear the Revolution, Kunsthalle Galapagos. Brooklyn, NY
Video Dumbo: Since You’ve Been Gone, Curated by Caspar Stracke and Gabriela Monroy
Video Forum: Palmetto AIR Gallery. Bushwick. Brooklyn, NY
Make A Mark of This Line, Bushwick BETA Spaces. Brooklyn, NY.
Forever Summer, Denise Bibro Platform Gallery. New York, NY
Serial Meditations, Nurture Art, Brooklyn, NY.
Dennis Kucinich Presidential Campaign Headquarters – Lenox Massachusetts
Drink Plenty of Water and Walk Slow, Bridge Art Fair. London, UK.
Hyper States, Group Exhibition, Gallery Boreas, Lenox, MA,
40th Annual Brooklyn Arts Council International Film and Video Festival, The Brooklyn Museum. Brooklyn, NY.
AAF Art Fair, Gallery Boreas, Metropolitan Pavillion. New York, NY.
Video Art Salon Invitational. Gallery Boreas. Lenox, MA.
How Close Are We, Group exhibition, Endless International Gallery. Shanghai, China.
The Flow and Regulation of Traffic, MFA Thesis Exhibition, Pratt Institute. Brooklyn, NY.
Point of Departure, Group exhibition, 111 Front Street Galleries. Dumbo, Brooklyn, NY.
Found Wanting, Group exhibition, Gallery MC. New York, NY
Summer Solstice, Group exhibition, Gallery Boreas, Brooklyn, NY.
Foundation, Group exhibition, Gallery Boreas, Brooklyn, NY.
The Peninsula Hotel Group. Avenues at The Peninsula Chicago.
Western Connecticut State University – Student Veterans Room
Publications and Press
Wired.com illustrations for People Staring at Computers
Review – Surface Design Journal, NY Fiber Arts in the 21st Century
WNYC interview about Iraq Project
CBS Eye on New York interview about Iraq Project