David Adey

David Adey
Terrestrial Nebula Study
Laser-cut paper, fluorescent acrylic and pins on PVC foam panel, 2014
10 x 10 inches
Courtesy of the artist and Scott White Contemporary Art
Value: $1,600
Starting bid: $800
Minimum bid increment: $100

Staff Pick
“Referencing both the cosmic and the earthly, the title Terrestrial Nebula Studyalludes to the spirit of dichotomy present in this fascinating piece. Two-dimensional paper forms are pinned at different distances from the backing board, creating a work that is simultaneously flat and three-dimensional. Its overall white appearance is subtly colored by reflected painted surfaces, while its forms appear both geometric and organic. Like clouds in the sky (that are neither terrestrial nor cosmic), the shapes seem to shift from being completely nonrepresentational to recognizable and back again.” -Ed Fosmire, Deputy Director for Communications

About the artist
David Adey is dedicated to an artistic process informed by constraints: ideas are developed through a particular set of constraints, and the work itself is a product of those constraints. He is interested in the systematic process of destruction and consumption followed by a methodical attempt at restoration. His experimental exercises in intentional futility, when successful, render something new and unexpected, reflecting the implications of the constrained process of their development. Born in 1972 in Morristown, New Jersey, Adey is a graduate of Cranbrook Academy of Art (MFA in Sculpture, 2002) and Point Loma Nazarene University (BA in Visual Art, 1994). He is a recipient of the 2010-2011 San Diego Art Prize in the Emerging Artist category, and the subject of a recent documentary film by Dale Schierholt. He currently lives and works in San Diego.


About the work
Terrestrial Nebula Study
is part of an ongoing series that began with an earlier work entitled Hide.  The process of Hide required the creation of a full-size digital 3D scan of the artist’s body using an X-Box Kinect Camera. The resulting 3D model, containing over 75,000 triangles, was then digitally unfolded and flattened all in one piece. This 2D representation of the artist’s body was then laser cut from paper. Terrestrial Nebula Study is a layered composition in the same vein.

Selected Collections

  • The Athenaeum Music and Arts Library, La Jolla, CA
  • Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR
  • Matt and Nancy Brower, La Jolla, CA

Selected Exhibitions

    • State of The Art, Discovering American Art Now, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR, 2014
    •  Here Not There, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, 2010
    • 2010 California Biennial, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, 2010

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