David Chatfield

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Generally speaking, my work is informed by my experience as either an expendable and disillusioned office monkey, an under-employed itinerant worker, or my long stints in expert-level Craigslist/jobs and Monster/Careerbuilder/Indeed.com training. Initially, I made images involving the spaces designed to contain people for the purpose of work and the human beings occupying those spaces. Cubicles became an interesting stage to explore my ideas.

My art in recent years more specifically compares our current economic climate with past economic crises. I was laid-off for a second time during the Great Recession of Aught-Eight, which in the media was compared to the Great Depression. So, I began researching archival imagery of the Great Depression and Dust Bowl, and wondered, where are those individuals now?

I want to find the connective tissue between those images and contemporary contexts while trying to unify the possible visual disparities through pictorial and stylistic means. This usually means layering contrasting imagery into work and researching appropriate artistic processes; which recently has 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. I’ve translated the Uber logo into Hobo graffiti and presented Hobos as both Uber divers and poor workers reliant on the service.

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





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