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David Corbett
updated: 07/04/2013
Artwork Title
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It Will Never Work, It Will Work
Canadian Paint Job
Past Craft
Glass House 2
the Dutchman
Goofy vs. Regular
Portfolio Keywords:  landscape, architecture, humor, nature, systems, process, mapping, organic, geometric, abstract
It Will Never Work, It Will Work by David Corbett
It Will Never Work, It Will Work
Enamel Paint on Wood
24" x  24"  x 24" 
Ferd by David Corbett
Gouache on Paper
22" x  30" 
Canadian Paint Job by David Corbett
Canadian Paint Job
Enamel Paint on Wood
14" x  20"  x 14" 
Past Craft by David Corbett
Past Craft
Enamel Paint on Wood
34" x  41"  x 67" 
Glass House 2 by David Corbett
Glass House 2
Shellac on Paper
22" x  30" 
Tower by David Corbett
Ink, Wood Filler and Wood
36" x  24"  x 24" 
the Dutchman by David Corbett
the Dutchman
Cement, Rebar, Wood and Enamel Paint
60" x  48"  x 48" 
Goofy vs. Regular by David Corbett
Goofy vs. Regular
Enamel Paint on Wood
60" x  36"  x 28" 
History by David Corbett
Mirror, Enamel Paint on Wood
50" x  35"  x 12" 
Trace by David Corbett
Enamel Paint on Wood and Ink on Paper
30" x  22"  x 2" 

Artist Statement

This work looks at the way structures are built.  Planning a building and the construction process often ride a fragile line of practicality that sometimes exposes elements that cannot be controlled.  The idea of building something that will stand the test of time is often compromised and contradicted by many factors.  These factors act as contradictory beacons that signal to the unpredictable relationship we have with nature.  


Artist Bio / CV


Solo Exhibitions

2010            New Work            Linfield College Gallery , McMinnville, OR

2009            Change makes it new             65GRAND, Chicago, IL           

2007             Light Brings Dark Brings Light             65GRAND, Chicago, IL

            Mixed Media            McHenry Community College, Crystal Lake, IL

2005            Cul de Sac            65 GRAND, Chicago, IL


Selected Group Exhibitions

2013            Construct            Archer Gallery, Clark College, Vancouver, WA

2012            The Long Cut            65GRAND, Chicago, IL

2011 - 2012            Southern Pacific            Lawndale Art Center, Houston, TX

                                                            Gallery Homeland, Portland, OR

2011            Build Up            Washington State University, Pullman, WA

2010            Portland2010, a Biennial of Contemporary Art            Disjecta            , Portland, OR

            The Quadratic Logogram of Everything             Half/dozen, Portland, OR

2009            SQFT              Blackfish Gallery,  Portland, OR

            Summer Show             Fourteen30 Contemporary, Portland, OR                       

            65 GRAND             Next Art Fair, Chicago, IL

2007             65GRAND             Affair at the Jupiter Hotel, Portland, OR

            RE: Dudes Night Out             Linfield College Gallery, McMinnville. OR

2006            Saturation            Portland Modern and Disjecta, Portland, OR

                        Curated by Kristan Kennedy & Matthew Stadler

2004            28th Plaza Art Competition             Beverly Art Center, Chicago, IL            *Honorable Mention                                                                               Juried by Michelle Grabner            Suburban Gallery

& Jane Stevens                        Illinois State Art Gallery

              Evanston + Vicinity Biennial             The Evanston Art Center, Evanston, IL

Juried Group Show                                                                                       

Juried by Monique Meloche            Monique Meloche Gallery

& Dominic Molon            Museum of Contemporary Art

2002            Modest Proposals            Gallery 645, Chicago, IL

2001            M.F.A. Thesis Exhibition             Mason Gross School of Art Gallery, New Brunswick, NJ           

1998            Flatfiles                        Pierogi 2000, New York,



2001            M.F.A., Painting                        Rutgers University, New Brunswick ,NJ

1997            B.A., Art            San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA


2013            The Ford Family Foundation Residency for Oregon Artists



2013            Djerassi Resident Artist Program, Woodside, CA


White Columns             Curated Artist Registry

New American Paintings            2007 Pacific Coast Edition

New American Paintings            2005 Midwestern Edition

Portland Modern Issue #4 May – October 2006


2008            20 x 200, A Jen Bekman project

2010            PICA Black Box Portfolio