David Lindsay Does Two Residencies In Italy, Summer 2007
Written by Douglas Chapman
David Chapman Lindsay, Assistant Professor in the Foundation Program at Texas Tech’s School of Art, has been accepted for two residencies that he will be taking part in this summer. Both residencies are in Italy and he will be doing them back-to-back. Lindsay grew up in Fremont, California, a suburb of San Francisco. He attended Utah State University where he earned his B.F.A. and received his M.F.A. at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
“The first residency I will be doing will be in Venice, Italy at the Venice International School of Graphics, while my second residency will be at SACI’s Studio Art Center International in Florence,” Lindsay said. In Venice he will be studying printmaking and graphic design as well as doing my own work in painting. “I will also be studying architecture there as well to see how shape, form, and color can play into my work,” he said. In Florence he will be researching the same topics, but will also have a short, two-week exhibition of some of his works there. “My works are usually very large, but I will have to make them a bit smaller over there,” he said.
Lindsay explained that he had already accepted the residency from Venice when SACI heard about it and invited him to their art center as well. Lindsay said that is the reason he is doing both residencies back-to-back. Lindsay’s artwork is very imaginative. “My artwork is all figurative,” Lindsay said, “but it’s on 3-dimensional surfaces. I like the fact that when you change the shape of an object, it says something about the person. Also, when you look at a painting on a non-flat surface, it is visualized differently from different angles. Design is also important in my pieces, so this is why I want to study architecture in Italy,” he said.
Lindsay said he has been doing research on identity: about who we are and how we form our own identities. He said colors say a lot and are becoming much more important in his artwork. He is also very interested in the Italian Renaissance. “I have been looking at the Italian Renaissance,” Lindsay explained, “when artists were developing ideas about figure and space. On the inside walls of churches, there are painted naturalistic looking figures that look like they are just standing there. At that time, there was a push for artists to decide whether an image was convincing or if the individual space it was in made the image convincing- so there are two factors working together. In my pieces, I am working on making the figures convincing as well as putting them in constructive spaces and seeing the interaction of both,” he said.
While in Italy, Lindsay said he wanted to study the German artist Albrecht Durer who made an artistic pilgrimage to Venice in the fifteenth century. Lindsay said, “I want to study what Durer saw and thought about when he was in Venice. I want to see for myself if an artistic pilgrimage is still as valid today as it was back then. There was a time when all young artists were told to go to New York City just once in their life to see the art there. I want to study whether such a pilgrimage is necessary today or can we just get all our visual information from the Internet. This will be part of a future research project I am planning,” he said.
As far as the trip to Italy is concerned, Lindsay said he will not be going by himself. “I will be taking my wife, Sara, and four kids along,” he said. “Sara has placed little post-it notes all over the house labeling different things in Italian so we can try to learn the language,” he said laughing. “We are all excited and looking forward to going there,” he added. Right now, Lindsay says he is finishing up a large-scale work to be on display at the Portland Art Center in Portland, Oregon in March. In May, it will be on display at the Clovis Community Art Center in Clovis, New Mexico. We wish David and his family well on their voyage to and from Italy.