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Transient figures and intangible forms dwell in the work of Enri co David. They retain a graphic quality as they transition from sp ontaneous sketches on paper to paintings\, sculptures\, and other media. Th is installation takes its cue from a singular figure modeled in bronze arou nd a hollow animal bone and bound to a protruding blade. The statuette is l ike an anthropomorphic pocketknife that embodies both permanence\, through its molded outlines\, and ephemerality\, through its gaping cavity. Around it\, paper mummies crawl across the wall\, haunting silhouettes peer out of canvases\, and ethereal profiles delineate see-through metal screens. The infinite shifts and vortexes of David’s underworld are evoked in the dark t unnels of a painting and the repetitive loops of a handcrafted tapestry. Gr oundless images and vacuous gazes exude a sense of unease in the visitor\, who is at once observer and participant in a staged scene. Its components r ecall the miscellaneous displays of regional arts and crafts museums\, but they could also be props for a Surrealist set. Organized by Allegra Pesenti \, curator\, Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts.

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Biography
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Enrico David was born in Ancona\, Italy i n 1966. His work has been the subject of numerous one-person exhibitions at venues such as the New Museum\, New York (2012)\; Museum Für Gegenwartskun st\, Basel\, Switzerland (2009)\; the Seattle Art Museum\, Seattle\, Washin gton (2008)\; ICA\, London\, United Kingdom (2007)\; the Stedelijk Museum\, Amsterdam\, The Netherlands (2007)\; and Tate Britain\, London\, United Ki ngdom (2005). David’s work has been featured in group exhibitions including Secret Societies\, Schirn Kunsthalle\, Frankfurt\, Germany and CA PC Bourdeaux\, France (2011)\; Turner Prize 09\, Tate Britain\, Lo ndon\, United Kingdom (2009)\; Textile Art and the Social Fabric\, Museum v an Hedendaagse Kunst\, Antwerp\, Belgium (2009)\; Italics: Italian Art between Tradition and Revolution 1968-2008\, Palazzo Grassi\, Venice a nd Museum of Contemporary Art\, Chicago (2008)\; Tate Triennial\, New British Art\, Tate Britain\, London\, United Kingdom (2006)\; Flesh at War with Enigma\, Kunsthalle Basel\, Basel\, Switzerland (2004)\; and Dreams and Conflicts\, Venice Biennale\, Venice\, Italy (2003) . Enrico David lives in Berlin\, Germany.

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Hammer Projects is a seri es of exhibitions focusing primarily on the work of emerging artists.

Hammer Projects is made po ssible by a major gift from The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation.

Generous support is provided by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission and by Susan Bay Nimoy and Leonard Nimoy. Additional suppor t is provided by Good Works Foundation and Laura Donnelley\; the City of Lo s Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs\; the Decade Fund\; and the David Teiger Curatorial Travel Fund.

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DTEND:20130505 DTSTAMP:20140711T003243 DTSTART:20130112 GEO:34.0593793;-118.4437966 LOCATION:Hammer Museum\,10899 Wilshire Boulevard \nLos Angeles\, CA 90024 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Hammer Projects: Enrico David\, Enrico David UID:246249 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20130112T170000 DTSTAMP:20140711T003243 DTSTART:20130112T110000 GEO:34.0593793;-118.4437966 LOCATION:Hammer Museum\,10899 Wilshire Boulevard \nLos Angeles\, CA 90024 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Hammer Projects: Enrico David\, Enrico David UID:246250 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR