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August 12, 2017

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After stockpiling drawings for a couple years, I’ve finally gotten around to compiling the next volume of Night Songs. A selection from an ongoing series exploring the visual language of iconography and archetypes, inspired by traditional tattoo flash, Vol. 2 features 38 pages of drawings from 2015-2017 printed in full color.

While there is no single narrative thread running through the work, recurring themes of loss, betrayal, struggle, and redemption present themselves, inviting the viewer to connect the dots and create their own storyline. Depictions of mythical beasts and mental landscapes exist alongside enigmatic relics and veiled social commentary, tracing lines of complexity and contradiction.

Night Songs Vol. 2 will be available for pre-order starting Monday, August 14. Two options are available: $15 Pre-Order includes a sticker pack and a 4″x6″ screenprint, the $20 Deluxe Package includes stickers, screenprint, and a limited edition 24 oz. Koozie. Get yours here >

July 26, 2017

A little throwback from last year’s mural project at Zendo Coffee in Albuquerque, video by my old friend Phil Flux at Concept Flux. I’m gearing up for another project in Duke City this fall as part of the 1st Annual 508 Mural Fest, more details to come…

May 11, 2017

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Currently available in my store, these limited edition digital giclee prints were produced by Frontier Fine Art Printing for the opening of Architecture of Resilience. Measuring 9″x15″, they are archival quality prints on Epson Enhanced Matte paper, signed, stamped, and numbered, and limited to an edition of 12 of each image. Head over to my store to get yours, these won’t be around forever!

May 11, 2017

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As the dust settles from the last few weeks of hectic, last-minute preparations, I’ve finally gotten around to taking photos of Architecture of Resilience. I’ll be adding images of all the new work to the Studio section of the site, in the meantime, I’d like to send a big thank you to everyone who came out to the opening.

Special thanks to Victor Kali for hosting, OBSTAC for the tunes, Sup Street Food for the amazing eats and Benjamin for the killer cocktails, Temescal Brewing for the beer, Chaves Smith for art moving help, Nielsen Arts Framing and Mario Man for the framing, Frontier Fine Art Printing for printing and last but not least, the inimitable Dr. Falafel for doorman duties.

Thank you to everyone who purchased work, your support means a lot. Architecture of Resilience runs until the end of June, on view by appointment only. Send me an email at contact@davidpolka.com to set up a time to check out the show.

April 25, 2017

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It’s currently crunch time in my studio but I’m in the home stretch and am really excited to share this new body of work with you.  My good friend Sau Hsu stopped by last week to snap these great photos during a rare moment of tidiness in my work space. Check out his site for the whole photoset.

April 9, 2017

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If you’re looking for something to listen to on a Sunday afternoon, tune into the Cape and Cowl Comics Podcast to hear me ramble about anime, art world elitism, and Russian prison tattoos. It’s an awesome little podcast brought to you by some cool folks at Pandora, big thanks to Henry Lu for the interview.

March 23, 2017

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Currently untitled, 30″x40″, acrylic, pencil, ink, and colored pencil on panel. See it in person April 29 for the opening of Architecture of Resilience at the Cathedral Building in Oakland.

March 23, 2017

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I’m really excited to announce my next solo show, opening April 29 at the Cathedral Building here in Oakland. Architecture of Resilience will explore our internal structures of resistance and strength, how they are shaped by adversity, and how we can persist and thrive in spite of the dark clouds overhead.

Featuring new paintings, drawings, and sculptures, I’m turning my focus outward, in contrast to 2015’s Ballad of the Broken Body, with portraits of friends and strangers, depicting their interior space by threading flowing forms through architectural elements.

The show will be in one of Oakland’s most exciting new DIY venues, located in a beautiful apartment with great views of Downtown and lots of space for viewing and schmoozing. More info to come in the next few weeks, mark your calendars!

March 23, 2017

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Amongst a heap of murals, commissions, and design work, last year marked the completion of the biggest indoor project I’ve ever done – these panels are 12 feet tall and are constructed from the same rough cut pine boards that were used to form the concrete walls of their location, creating a tangible connection between materials and place.

The panels are installed in a beautiful Tom Kundig designed house located in Saratoga, CA. The home combines subtle elements of Japanese architecture with really thoughtful details to create a very livable and visually striking environment, frankly I couldn’t have asked for a better setting in which to work.

I’d like to extend a huge thanks to Monty and his wonderful family for this opportunity, thank you to Ryan and everyone else at Faultline Artspace for putting up with these giants for months, and a big thank you to Shawn HibmaCronan, Mario, Julio, BJ, Jack, and Gustavo and his crew – I couldn’t have done it without you guys.

January 28, 2016

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Now on display at Faultline Artspace in Oakland, the latest installment of Hands & Pants. The brainchild of Oakland art O.G. John Casey, Hands & Pants is a broad collaborative venture, employing 100+ of John’s artist peers in a unique artistic exchange. An invited artist was given the hands and/or pants and asked to complete the figure in any way the artist saw fit, with the intent to create a collective storyboard using this motif. However, the returned collaborations have gone far beyond John’s expectations in sheer artistic variety, producing an extended family of unique, individual beings. Here’s my contribution, there’s another 130 amazing artworks on display. Come see the whole crew during Faultline gallery hours, the show runs through the end of February.