David Eckard lives and works in Portland. Eckard received his BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1988. Eckard has exhibited internationally with solo exhibitions at Atelier Dado in Cetijne, Montenegro, and at the Centre International D’Art Contemporain, Pont-Aven, France. A recent 20-year survey exhibition of work, Deployment, was at the Art Gym, Marylhurst University, Portland.
Previous solo shows include: Kim Foster Gallery, New York; Fassbender Gallery, Chicago; Consolidated Works, Seattle; and Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland. In 2015, Eckard received the Regional Arts and Culture Council Individual Artist’s Fellowship. The artist was also awarded the Bonnie Bronson Fellowship (2010) and was one of the three inaugural recipients of the Hallie Ford Fellowship in Visual Arts (2010). Eckard was an Oregon Biennial Jurors Award recipient in 2006. Performances include PICA’s TBA Festival, Portland, in 2013, 2011, 2006, 2004 and for New Works Northwest at On The Boards, Seattle, in 2005.
Select publications include The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Flash Art, Art in America, Artnews, and Sculpture.
My practice as a visual artist includes fabricated objects, drawings and prints, video, installations, and performances.
Through these varied approaches and diverse presentational strategies, I fabricate fictive artifacts, create biomorphic, sexualized schematics, and orchestrate transient theatrics and temporary monuments for incidental audiences in civic spaces.
Futility, authority, theatricality and persona enter into my creative explorations as notions to investigate, critique, utilize and exploit.