David Snyder: Art as an Empty Bucket

Work by David Snyder

Still from Night Conversations with None Other (2011). photo / provided

The point of departure for David Snyder's discussion of recent drawing, sculpture, and video projects will be the ignoble five-gallon bucket. This vessel will serve as a metaphor, a stand-in for the concept of "form." Snyder is interested in the consideration of all form (ideas, words, and objects alike) as vessels, as containers whose significance or meanings are largely determined by their contents.

These contents are often assumed to be objective, static, constant; the meaning of a bucket is determined by its use value: Its contents (and the fact that it can hold them) are its content. Within his work, Snyder attempts to "empty the bucket," to destabilize certain assumptions of empirical value and to denature and re-form relationships to word, image, object, and context.

Snyder received his B.A. from Bard College in 2002 and his M.F.A. in sculpture from UCLA in 2010. His work has been featured in numerous group and solo exhibitions in the U.S. and abroad including: Ectoplasms (2013) at Michael Benevento Gallery; Made In L.A. (2012) at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles; the Bergen Biennale (2011) at Woodmill Projects in London; and OPEN Performance Art Festival (2009) in Beijing. Snyder's work has been reviewed in various publications including: Artforum, Frieze Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, and L.A. Weekly.