David Snyder

David Snyder's work addresses the often contradictory and clumsy relationships between individuals, ideas, and objects. In his drawings, sculpture, and video work, these relationships are both amplified and distorted — things go very "wrong." As a result, the discord between subject, object, and context within the work suggest the need to reconsider certain basic assumptions of utility and social value in relation to the construction of "meaning."

Snyder (born in 1979 in Rochester, New York) received his B.A. from Bard College in 2002 and his M.F.A. in sculpture from UCLA in 2010. He has participated in numerous group and solo exhibitions in the U.S. and abroad. His work has been reviewed in various publications including Artforum, Frieze Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, and L.A. Weekly.

Classes (Selected)

  • ART 2401 Introduction to SculptureThis course introduces students to artistic practice in three dimensions using a variety of materials and approaches. Problems require the student to address materials in terms of cultural and historical context. Assumes no prior knowledge of sculpture.
  • ART 2501 Introduction to DrawingThis course provides students entering the B.F.A. program a gateway to contemporary art practice through drawing.  Drawing here is conceived both as a self-sufficient medium and as a tool useful for the conceptual and practical development of ideas in other media.  A wide range of technically and conceptually conceived assignments will introduce students to the breadth of contemporary practice and drawing itself.