Jul 10th 2021

David Willburn
Stories About Monuments and Landscapes
July 10 – August 22, 2021

The body of work in Stories About Monuments and Landscapes centers on reconstructing social landscapes and inventing queer mythologies and origin stories The world for David Willburn needs to rethink the role of monuments as a mode of history-making after a tumultuous year that brought about the razing of monuments. Is it possible to represent our present our current circumstances by queering monument creation? What might that project look like? For Willburn, this task includes the monumentalization of origin stories about queer identity; the creation and acceptance of corporeal bodies in all of their complexities and differences; the construction of abstract structures that speak to our affective identities; and the development of otherworldly maps and welcoming landscapes that we traverse and inhabit. The paintings in the show addresses the desire to regain control and agency in the face of fear and uncertainty in today’s world.


b. 1970, Fort Stockton, Texas
Since earning his MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts, David Willburn’s work has been shown at venues including Dallas Contemporary (Dallas, Texas), San Diego Art Institute (San Diego, CA), University of Art and Design (Helsinki, Finland) Museum of Arts and Design (New York, NY),  Galleri Urbane (Dallas, Texas), and Carneal Simmons Contemporary Art (Dallas, Texas). His studio practice is supplemented by employment as art faculty in the School of Creative Arts, Entertainment, and Design at Dallas College (Dallas, Texas). He lives and works in Fort Stockton, Texas.


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