Rise and Fall
glass, mixed, 16x8x4, 2013, $1500
Thanks to Gabe Feenan and Niko Dimitrijevic for fabrication assistance at Museum of Glass
In both my visual work and my writing, I try to balance abstraction and literal or figurative representation. I am given to content more than form, although I often rely on the latter to inform choices in the former. Trapped in a love/hate relationship with metaphor, stuck between colliding worlds of similitude and its opposite, I find the act of sifting fragments – whether of language, lithic tools, or memory – the primary fuel that stokes the heart’s aesthetic engine. Ethics, while fundamental to me, are often subsidiary. Questions of audience, autonomy, and solipsism haunt my professional and private life.
Working primarily as an independent curator for the past decade, David Francis continues to explore a multi-disciplinary practice in poetics, visual art, and archaeology. After MFA and PhD degrees in poetry and critical theory, he lectured in Poland and Hungary on several Fulbright grants before teaching at Cornish College of the Arts from 1999 - 2006. Currently he serves as Public Art Coordinator for the City of Shoreline. In addition to contributing to many CoCA exhibitions, he has shown at Pratt TK Gallery, Snohomish Arts Council, Spin's Barbershop, and Cloud City Coffee.