My current work is a sculptural installation documented by pseudo botanical illustrations. This work is a response to the west as a conceptual region in constant environmental and social flux.
Driving from the San Francisco bay area to the southern Colorado Rockies creates a swollen sense of time. The feeling along route forty tends to overlay an introspective surreal quality upon the landscape. The present and historical tides of humanity that have left their imprint across the west are often subtly hidden and occasionally readable yet subjective. From the Anasazi, to miners, to nuclear testing the environment becomes hauntingly personified.
The degrees of transparency shift from forest and desert and communities along the way. Metaphorically, the experience of the landscape is similar to the social experience of life. It is this sensation that I desire to recreate, the foggy boundaries between personality and material, a shifting sense of possibility and readability.
The sculptures are intended to evoke a sense of forest as a social dynamic. The drawings serve to formalize the forest as if they were renderings of natural botanical life, they are symbolically insistent on the potential reality of the forest.
The growing realization of humanity’s intractable relationship with the natural environment is addressed as an interactive manufactured forest. The trees that compose the piece are of a scale that is essentially human, they are skeletal reminders of the varying ways we engage in our own social experience.
Artist Bio / CV
DAVID M SLEETH
227 Catalpa Drive
Atherton CA. 94027
2001 University of California Santa Cruz, BA Anthropology
2007-2008 Goodstein Foundation Palo Alto CA
Education Consultant, and Building Consultant
My work includes guiding high school students through transitions into university or community colleges settings. Consulting on building projects for the Goodstein Family.
2006-2007 Storm Works Crestone CO
Construction of a timber frame house utilizing the oak timbers of a one hundred and fifty year old barn. This was an exciting job involving hand chiseling the mortise and tennons, and creating riggings to maneuver forty foot long oak beams around the job site.
2004-2005 Goodstein Foundation Palo Alto CA
Providing guidance to high school youth in alternative education opportunities. Development of art video lessons in flash program for non profit Art in Action.
2001-2002 Oak Tree Construction Los Angeles CA
Work on a custom home, and a restaurant, in both cases most of my time was spent building the forms for concrete, which I enjoyed for it’s sculptural conceptualizing of negative space to positive forms.
1999-2001 Souza’s Cabinets Santa Cruz CA
Building high-end custom cabinets. I enjoyed the clean aesthetic utilized by this cabinet shop.
2002-2007 Circular adobe home Crestone CO
During these five years I built a passive solar home out of adobe, cob, and timbers in the southern Sangre de Christo Mountains.
2004 Log Pirate ship Playground Crestone CO
With funds from a grant from the state of Colorado I built a fifty-foot long Pirate ship of logs and timbers in the community park, which served as a playground, complete with climbing walls, slides, and rope bridges.
2004-2005 Art in Action Palo Alto CA
Teaching K through 5th grades the art curriculum developed by the not for profit Art in Action.
2004-2005 Crystal Springs Uplands Hillsborough CA
Artist in Residence
Art teacher and mentor for the visual arts students of Crystal Springs Uplands High School with a focus in the sculptural arts.