Born 1972, Morristown, New Jersey
Lives and works in San Diego, CA
David Adey is dedicated to an artistic process that is informed by constraints. Ideas are developed through a particular set of constraints and the work itself is a product of those constraints. This has been realized in a series of experimental "resurrection" parodies (craft punch-and-pin works) and, more recently, in a monumental sculpture created from books and sawhorses. Adey is interested in the systematic process of destruction and consumption followed by a methodical attempt at restoration. These experimental exercises in intentional futility, when successful, render something new and unexpected, reflecting the implications of the constrained process of their development. The method of restoration is often revealed within the process of destruction.
David Adey participated in the 2010 California Biennial at the Orange County Museum of Art in Newport Beach, CA. His work has also been presented in Here Not There: San Diego Art Now (2010) at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego; John Henry (2010), presented at the La Jolla Athenaeum of Music and Arts Library and at Luis De Jesus Los Angeles (where, in 2008, he also presented I've got a river of life flowing out of me); ZOOM (2009), at the Torrance Art Museum; Cut: Makings of Removal (2009), at Wignall Museum of Art/Chaffey College; and Atomic Particulars (2007), at Spacecraft Gallery. In addition, he has appeared in exhibitions at the Keller Fine Arts Gallery/Point Loma Nazarene University, Biola University, Quint Contemporary Art, La Jolla, as well as the Cannon Gallery Invitational and Cannon Biennial Exhibitions, in Carlsbad, CA. He has also exhibited in Miami, Detroit, Boston, and Berlin. David is currently Associate Professor and Chair in the Department of Art and Design at Point Loma Nazarene University, where he teaches sculpture, 3D design, contemporary art seminar, and illustration. Adey was born 1972 in Morristown, New Jersey, and is a graduate of Cranbrook Academy of Art (MFA, Sculpture, 2002) and Point Loma Nazarene University (BA, Visual Art, 1994). David Adey is a recipient of the 2010-2011 San Diego Art Prize in the Emerging Artist category.