David Chatfield

Hello new #painting classroom, can't wait to mess you up this semester #adjunctlife #art #newschoolyear

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Generally speaking, my experience as an expendable and disillusioned office monkey informs my work, and it has gradually became focused on labor and economic issues. Initially I made images involving the spaces designed to contain people for the purpose of work, cubicles for example, and the human beings occupying those spaces. At one point the lack of a figure (or evidence of unemployment) became an interesting way to explore the space as a stage for my ideas.

My art in recent years has been more specifically about my previous employment experiences, or frankly, my roller-coaster ride of employment experiences, from under-employment to my long stints of expert-level Craigslist/jobs and Monster.com training. After being laid-off for a second time during the Great Recession of Aught-Eight, I began researching archival imagery of past economic disasters.

I wanted find the connective tissue between them and the recent economic climate, then insert my personal experience, while trying to unify the possible disparities through pictorial and stylistic means. This usually means layering contrasting imagery into a work and researching appropriate artistic processes, which recently have included digital collagé, printmaking, and painting.

Looking forward, my work will continue this thread as I explore the so-called “gig economy” and similarly tie it to the past. I’ve recently paired Uber drivers with Hobos (#HobUber), both itinerant and contingent at-will workers. With this in mind I’ve translated the Uber logo into Hobo graffiti, and combined iconic imagery of Hobos into modern contexts. My future work will also incorporate my own experience as a contingent and itinerant Adjunct (#AdjunctLife).

The contradictions and incongruities between artificial work spaces and workers, the economic past and present, and having a job while still being poor is where my works exists.





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