David Andrew Nelson Untitled #15
David Andrew Nelson Untitled #15 2017, acrylic paint and plotter machine drawing with Sharpie on paper 14 in x 11 inchesUntitled #15 is a small-medium 14 x 11 inch drawing. The square is hand-painted in acrylic, with machine plotter drawings over the top on archival paper. This comes ready-to-hang in a shallow white frame with glass.
Combining traditional methods of assemblage, drawing, and painting alongside the use of a programmed plotter machine, Nelson playfully reframes formal aesthetics through his mixed-media constructions. His minimal, architectural sculptures are built with fluorescent tubes, unfinished wood, and exposed cords — ordinary materials placed in a highly aesthetic context. In his drawings, he employs digital tools that rely on calculation rather than expression, exploiting the unknown variables of working with a machine prone to leaving scattered ink artifacts across the paper. These thick, dark lines lay atop an expressive and colorful painting, each plotted mark and color field giving structure to the other.
Originally from Dallas TX, Nelson is an emerging contemporary artist living and working in Seattle WA. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Cornish College of the Arts in 2015 where he focused on sculpture and design. He's shown at Glass Box and SOIL Gallery in Seattle, and was a featured artist in the first year of Seattle's landmark exhibition Out of Sight, curated by Sharon Arnold, Sierra Stinson, Greg Lundgren, and Kirsten Anderson.