Artist: David Desantis
Exhibition: Day Dreamer
Gallery: School of Art, Merlino Gallery
About the Artist
David Desantis is currently a CSULB Senior Undergraduate working toward his BFA degree in the School of Art’s Printmaking Program. He currently lives in Westminster. When he was growing up, he wanted to design motorcycles for Jesse James. At some point in his life, he realized that he prefers “drawing” motorcycles rather than “designing” them due to the complexity of them. This lead him to realize that he wants to be an artist instead of a designer. His music preferences, heavy metal and dubstep, influence his art work. He also pulls inspiration from anime and other cultures to create his artworks. His work embraces accidental abstract forms and shapes.
Most of the artwork found on this gallery has been painted on top of paper. Dark variants of color are mainly used such as black, gray, dark red, and etc. Nothing here is bright or light colors. The lines drawn in his art are clean, yet art is still somewhat “messy”, but not in a messy form in a negative way. For example, in his shogun piece, “Gem Shard Shogun”, it has a nice, defined outline. The actual coloring of the piece involves lots of splatter and disconnected lines. It can be seen from his art work pieces have a very abstract feel to them.
This exhibition seems to be about DeSantis’ creative process. As mentioned earlier, he likes to listen to dubstep and heavy metal. Both of these music genres are “chaotic”, which can be seen on the style of the art seen here. Personally, I am more familiar with dubstep genre and there’s a certain “clean” part to it in genre in that, every sound piece has to be “defined” or otherwise it’ll get truly get lost in a mess. Dubstep has both the “mess” and “clean” aspect, which I feel like is reflect here for the “Gem Shard Shogun”. It was actually influenced by the dubstep song, “Gem Shard” by MUST DIE!. Listening to the song, I can get a feel of how the shogun came about.
Synthesis / My Experience
This gallery was quite interesting to see. I enjoyed both “Transference” and the “Gem Shard Shogun”. “Transference” was a unique one in this gallery that you have both just black and white art version, then you have one with color “transferred” onto the artwork. “Gem Shard Shogun” just has so much nice clean details, the color is a perfect representation and listening to the song it was inspired by has a fitting image to it.