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David Carlson is an Arlington, VA based artist. Born in Champaign, Illinois and grew up in Illinois, Ohio and Kentucky. He is currently a professor at Marymount University and serves on the Arlington Commission for the Arts.

The work of David Carlson embodies beautiful and complex abstract painting to equally deliberate and meditative video works. The artist has consistently made pieces that have a unifying, spiritual quality. His paintings delve into the intersections of time, energy, composition, and unknown circumstance. The video works frequently look to imagery drawn from the natural world, particularly of water, that corresponds to rhythms, emotions, and energies of human life. Just as Carlson connects our environment with us, he also thoughtfully connects image and sound in his work, collaborating with artists, poets, and composers from diverse cultures and backgrounds.

His paintings and digital works are represented in numerous collections; both private and corporate, national and international. Carlson engaged in artist exchanges with Central Asia, West and North Africa and Europe. He has over 25 solo exhibitions and participated in numerous group shows since 1986.

selected exhibitions: “Water Unspoken” McLean Project for the Arts, McLean, VA, ‘Confluence’ Cohn Drennan Contemporary, Dallas, TX, ‘Time Zones, selected work from 2001 – 2013’ National Women’s Democratic Club, Wash, DC. ‘Black, White and Grey’ Drawing from 1997, Black Rock Art Center, Germantown, MD. ‘Formation of Being’ Arlington Arts Center, Arlington, VA. 'Five Minute God', Video Installation, Pyramid Atlantic, Silver Spring, MD. VIAP Galerie, Heerlen, Netherlands. 'Personal Geometry', Emerson Gallery, McLean Project for the Arts, McLean, VA. 'Monterey Rising', Anton Gallery at the Hawthorne Mansion, Monterey, CA. 'Faces of the Fallen', Women's Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA. Faculty Painting Exhibition, Marymount Univ. Arlington, VA. 'Artomatic', H and 3rd St. NE, Washington, DC, 'A Language of Pattern, Mali as Medium' McLean Project for the Arts, McLean VA. 'Time Meditations' Korean Embassy Cultural Service, Wash, DC. 'Take Me to the River' MAC, Wash, DC. 'Abstract and Digital' Washington Gas HQs, Wash, DC. 'New Works' Yunnan Art Institute, Kunming, PRC. 'Infinite Interior' Anton Gallery, Wash, DC. Dakar Bienale 2000, Dakar, Senegal. 'Fishing the Stream of Conciousness' AAC, Arlington, VA. 'Tashkent Bienale 2001' Tashkent, Uzbekistan. DFA (District Fine Arts), Wash, DC.

cultural exchanges and festivals: 'Firewave', collaboration with PiT Brussel and Ashraf Fouad, Arlington Arts Center, Arlington, VA, 'Take Me to the River', Wichita Falls Museum of Art, Wichita Falls, Texas'Take Me to the River' Pretoria Art Museum, Pretoria, South Africa, International Contemporary Festival 'Process as Space' Balchik, Bulgaria. 'Take Me to the River' Cairo, Egypt. 'Cultural Exchange' Academy of Art, Tashkent, Uzbekistan. 'Arlington Meets Aachen' Aachen, Germany. 'Continental Drift' West Africa - Washington, Wash DC. Asilah Arts Festival, Asilah, Morocco. Most Group, Alma Ata, Kazakhstan. ‘The V World Water Forum’, Tutun Deposu, Istanbul, Turkey . ‘MPAartfest’, McLean Project for the Arts, McLean, VA

bio: David Carlson has had 17 solos exhibitions and participated in numerous group shows from 1988 to the present. His paintings, digital video and digital photographs are included in national and international collections. Since 2000, David has shown his Digital Videos in venues from Senegal, Egypt, Washington, DC, South Africa, Belgium, Turkey, Illinois and Texas. He has participated in international exchanges with artists from Bulgaria, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Germany, Morocco, and West Africa. Carlson has taught design, drawing and painting for 21 years at Marymount University and other local art programs including the Corcoran and EEI Communications. He continues to collaborate with international artists and in 2007 he joined with German artist, Pit Brussel and Egyptian composer, Ashraf Fouad to create the installation 'Firewave'.

for info contact: davidcarlson@starpower.net
(703) 536-5672

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