David Wesley White

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I use a research-based practice to examine personal and American history through a queer lens. In my art, I search for visual clues hidden deep within the archive that feel particularly surreal or prophetic. I then use this material like language; finding ways to manipulate meanings through specific interventions and arrangements. Recently I have been questioning the symbology of politics and gay male culture; and how it was born and reproduces itself without the ability to biologically reproduce.

Whether invading a replica of Reagan’s Oval Office, sewing fitted bedsheets over the bodies of queer companions, or miniaturizing the life-saving blast-holes from Pulse nightclub—my art traces and breaks through the edges of the established past. The American vision I present is dystopic and sublime; finding nuggets of humor and beauty within a continuum of political frustration and fear.