david K. Thompson is a native New Mexican artist working in print, installation and photography, as well as an art historian concentrating on modern Central and Eastern Europe. His art analyzes cartography, landscape, machinery, propaganda, documents and other forms of æstheticised nationalism; it attempts to delineate psychological geographies and to redefine 'reality' in its absurdity. Through the juxtaposition and deliberate misuse of geography, scientific aesthetics and political semiotics with found-object readymades, his work questions ideas of classification, the existential nature of identity, and even the notion of art itself.
As an artist belonging to the NSK State Collective, david K collaborates with other NSK citizens, has participated as an exhibiting artist and observer at the NSK Citizens’ Congress in Berlin and has conducted art exchanges with Neue Slowenische Kunst subgroups LAIBACH and IRWIN. His participation as an NSK Citizen came full circle in a collaboration with IRWIN for the Ljubljana Slovenia exhibition of NSK Folk Art, followed by the opportunity to design propaganda implements for the IRWIN / NSK Passport Office New York at the Museum of Modern Art. His art was also presented at the symposium Neue Slowenische Kunst (1984–1992): A Historical Perspective at the Tate Modern.