David Callan is a mixed media artist recently returned to his hometown of Dundalk. David attended the GMIT CCAM in Galway city where he received his BA in Art & Design 2006 and remained there for the following years working as a practicing artist, curator and art technician. He is a former director of 126, Artist-run Gallery, where he also had the opportunity to curate shows beyond the Galway gallery in Monstertruck Gallery, Dublin, E:vent, London and the RHA. He is a former member of the collectives Angry Hammers and Expanded Draught and has worked as an art technician for various galleries and festivals around the country. Most recently he has worked on the committee of the inaugural Seek Festival of contemporary urban art in Dundalk. He has exhibited in Ireland, Finland and in the US. He has yet to exhibit in Berlin.
David creates work which he considers speculative science fiction, a marriage of the contemporary realities of today; social upheaval; climate change etc., with the normality of everyday life presented through the prism of fantasy. Work which uses recognisable materials, but, through ambiguous recombination and ideas, takes on a new subconscious significance. David’s art shows its work, it’s not afraid of rough edges and embraces common materials. Using simple and rudimentary assemblage, he seeks to create cryptic objects made by an imagined people of the future, an effort to re-enact and revise the past in order to assert control over the present and future.