New York-based artist, David Stein, will work with Professor Erin Moore’s Data Visualization class to create an exhibition that pictures the objects in a days’ newspaper. The result will be a three-dimensional portrait of the news, a sculptural tone-poem, and a museum of a day in the world. As an object, few things refer to as many different places as a newspaper; Australia on one page, Darfur on another. But no reality is contained within a newspaper. Reality is without – pointed to, pictured, described, and far from the paper. By making the discrete objects referred to in the paper present, Stein shortens the distance between a reader and the world.
David Stein was born in Philadelphia, PA. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Chicago, and an Masters in Fine Arts from the California College of the Arts. He has had solo shows in San Francisco, Boston, and Malmö. He has been included in group exhibitions in San Francisco, New York, and Dresden. He received the Murphy Fellowship (2003), CCA All College Honors (2003), been awarded residencies at the Bemis Center (2006) and the MacDowell Colony (2008), and been featured in Frieze and New York Magazines. He lives and works in Queens, NY.
Stein explores cultural and political difference, how knowledge is constructed, and how consumption and waste are a cycle of contemporary material and cultural production. He obsesses over things that depress him most: news, advertising, fashion, and plastic objects biding their time between creation and landfill. Lately, he is preoccupied by the way online conversations, web commentary, and political dialogue embody a balkanized, cognitively dissonant world.