DP_PhotoBarrettMooreDavid Polka is a visual artist and graphic designer currently based in Oakland, CA. Originally from Las Cruces, New Mexico, he is a graduate of the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque and has been exhibiting work professionally since 2006. Drawing inspiration from abandoned and neglected places, stories and people, Polka’s work distills the ephemeral nature of human experience into a visual record of accumulated memories and emotions. Flowing, abstract forms envelop figures weary from loss and hardship in an exploration of transitory connections, revealing the lines connecting different facets of our existence with irrevocable patterns of life and death, destruction and rebirth.

Solo Exhibitions
2006		Juvenile Dystopiate - Yale Art Center, Albuquerque, NM
2007		Notes From The Otherground - 3rd Street Artspace, Albuquerque, NM   
2009		What We Left Behind - Bright Rain Gallery, Albuquerque, NM
                        In Abandon - Cirq Gallery, Albuquerque, NM
2012		New Work - Roscoe Ceramic Gallery, Oakland, CA
2014		Vanitas - Madelife, Boulder, CO
                        Four Archetypes - CCSF Art Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Group Exhibitions
2005		KillTV - Factory on 5th Artspace, Albuquerque, NM
2006		Le Grand Jaughtie - Yale Art Center, Albuquerque, NM
2008		Boys on One Side, Girls on the Other (Two-person exhibition w/Erin Loader) - The Petting Zoo, Albuquerque, NM 
		        Biennial Southwest Juried Group Exhibition - Albuquerque Museum, Albuquerque, NM
		        Best In Painting Award
		        New Work (Two-person exhibition w/ Lindsey Kane) - F Gallery, Albuquerque, NM 
2010		Albuquerque NOW Winter - Albuquerque Museum, Albuquerque, NM 
		        One Night Stand - Cirq Gallery, Albuquerque, NM
		        Within/Without - 5G Gallery, Albuquerque, NM 
2011		Kaleidospoke - Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, NM
		        Group 901 - Morgan Crow Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
2012		Sweeping of Giants - Old Crow Tattoo & Gallery, Oakland, CA
		        World Saving Device - Hive Studios & Gallery, Oakland, CA
		        Endless Canvas presents: Special Delivery III - Carbon Warehouse, Berkeley, CA 
		        Stand Tall III - Old Crow Tattoo & Gallery, Oakland, CA
		        Solano Alley: Under the Radar - RockPaperScissors Collective, Oakland, CA
2013		Strike-Slip - Faultline Artspace, Oakland, CA
		        Hyperbolic Geometry (Two-person exhibition w/ ESK Evan Wilson) - Le Qui Vive Gallery, Oakland, CA
2014		Beacons - Faultline Artspace, Oakland, CA
		        The Passage - Orinda Public Library, Orinda, CA 

2010		5G Gallery, Albuquerque, NM
2012		Street Mystic (Collaborative mural w/ Ernest Doty & Thomas Christopher Haag) - Classic Cars West, Oakland, CA
		        Three Magi (Collaborative mural w/ Ernest Doty & Thomas Christopher Haag) - Uptown Body & Fender, Oakland, CA
		        Heavy Elements (Collaborative mural w/ Santos Shelton & Joshua Mays) - 17th & Peralta, Oakland, CA
2013		Collaborative mural w/ ESK Evan Wilson & Ben Slow - Olive & Larkin, San Francisco, CA
		        Collaborative mural w/ Brett Flanigan, Ernest Doty, Cannon Dill, & Koleo - Fruitvale & E12th, Oakland, CA
2014		Sparkarts (interior mural), Oakland, CA
		        Private residence (interior mural), Oakland, CA
		        Madelife, Boulder, CO
		        Metaphysical Creation Myth - Collaborative mural w/ Ernest Doty, Bartlett H.S., Anchorage, AK
2015		Counsyl (interior mural), San Francisco, CA

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