the artist statement (is stateless)

(In four parts minus one)

1.descriptive

2. poetic

-CV-

3. prophetic (stylistically only)

 

I hope to make things that others find meaningful and capture elements of experience to dignify the complexity of existence. 


Headshot by  JonathanLoncle.com

Headshot by JonathanLoncle.com

 

Everything counts.

Though everything is too many things for one.

Save one and none.

Bemusing how options collapse on infinity’s stage.

Finding is motion.

We are led and leading.

and weighed in our crossings

but aspiring is my belief desired.

That endeavor bear’s being

evinces life’s assertions

and circumvents the caprice of society and culture. 

Art is the vessel and fanfare of humanity

rejecting definition

and gesturing in us as we gesture in ourselves. 

Meaning is revealed in our passage and passing. 

Whereby, we are ever-beginning

emerging through the flux of our intimacy. 

In closeness we dissolve

and being so,

create through our becoming. 

Until into everything,

where we become as once we were

swaddled in the womb of mystery.

Definition and Meaning

Trying to fit in the shape of what I don’t know. 

  • My work is about searching the yet to be named experiences that motivate our behaviors and generate our thoughts.  We don’t know how the dialog between our sensation and the world shapes into the world we know.  Beneath our feet and belief is the mystery of being.  Art can seek to give that space shape.   

Folk intellectual, psychedelic logician, ethnic mutt, metaphysical materialist, honest mercurial vagrant, dumbbird and skeptical truth seeker of ways to inquire and inquired – David Jacobsen Loncle throws stones at the sun in the hope to hit the moon on the way down.  

Suspended on the tension between keeping and changing.  

He believes in the aspiration of respect and the affordance of dignity to existence. That an appreciation of the range of happenings and understandings in the world and in ourselves accommodates all we hold dear and despise.  That the world is infinitely complicated, contradictory, cogitated, true and false and mysterious beyond definition or comfort.  That the labor for the seeker of truth, is the endurance of uncertainty and that maybe that’s what makes us what we are.  

The answers will be questioned, the assertions will slip and the hero’s will fade. Meaning is a problem to which we have no solution. Were it otherwise it would not be so. 

 What is it? Why do we value it?  It is the danger and the promise.  It is the spark that lights in the void.  We keep the fire burning.  It is how we survive.  

 
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Education

MFA.   Brooklyn College/CUNY,

         Summa Cum Laude, Fine Arts (Painting Focus)

B.A.   College of Staten Island/CUNY,

         Summa Cum Laude, Honors, Fine Arts 

Professional Experience

Teaching and University Work:

•   Adjunct Assistant Professorship:                                                                             2010- Present    

     College of Staten Island/CUNY                           

     (Teaching Drawing, Painting and Civics)

•   Professional Staff Congress Liaison to Part-Time Faculty:                                     2016-2017

     College of Staten Island/CUNY

•   Adjunct Faculty Fellow to the Provost Office:                                                          2016

    College of Staten Island/CUNY

•   Founding Director of the Adjunct Faculty Symposium:                                           2016

    College of Staten Island/CUNY

     (A Professional Development venue for Adjunct Faculty)

•   PSC CUNY, Freelance Design: College of Staten Island/CUNY                            2014

•   Teaching Artist: Art Lab: Snug Harbor Cultural Center                                          2011- 2014

•   Teaching Artist: Liberty Partnership Program                                                          2012- 2013

•   Research Assistant, Oxford University                                                                      2012

 

Professional Art Experience

Milton Resnick and Pat Passlof  Foundation:  NYC                                                       

•   Project Manager: Milton Resnick and Pat Passlof Foundation                                  2011- 2015

•   Studio Assistant for Pat Passlof                                                                                   2008- 2011

The Painting Center:                                                                                                  

•   Curatorial Assistant                                                                                                      2009- 2015

Art Lab: Snug Harbor Cultural Center:                                                                                   

•   Board Member: Faculty Representative                                                                      2013- 2014

Elizabeth Harris Gallery:                                                                                             

•   Project Assistant                                                                                                           2008- 2011

 

Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions                                                                                                         

  • ‘Almost Like We Know’:  NYC                                                                                       2017

    Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art  (Smithsonian Affiliate)

  • ‘Consumed by White’, Art Lab Gallery: NYC                                                               2012

Snug Harbor Cultural Center

Select Group Exhibitions    

  • Cha North: Artist Residency Open Studios 2018                                                                                   

  • Art of the 5: Revisiting Staten Island: Sponsor- Staten Island Mayor's Office           2018

Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art  (Smithsonian Affiliate) (Catalog)

  • Art of the 5: Staten Island:                                                                                             2017

The Galleries at the Interchurch Center (Catalog)

  • ChaShaMa Open Studio: Brooklyn Army Terminal                                                    2017

  • The Dream Party: Shetler Studios                                                                                2017

  • 21 and Counting: The Painting Center turns 21: The Painting Center                       2014

  • A Rich and Diverse Palette: The Visual Art Faculty: College of Staten Island        2013

  • Black and White: Brooklyn Waterfront Artist Coalition                                              2011

  • Small Works: The Painting Center                                                                                2010

  • 2010 B.C., MFA Thesis Exhibit: Williamsburg, Art & Historical Center                     2010

  • Annual Invitational: Snug Harbor Cultural Center                                                      2008

  • The Fifth Annual Open Show: Art Lab Gallery                                                             2008

 

Presentations and Artist Talks:

  • “How to Draw a Cup: Step one Draw a Cup”:     2019

    College Art Association Conference Workshop 

    -Learning Personal Creativity through Visual Literacy

  • “Finding Creation”: Princeton Photography Club                                    2018                                         

  • “Almost Like We Know”: Newhouse Commons Gallery                                         2017

      (Roundtable Discussion) (Video)

  • Adjunct Faculty Symposium: College of Staten Island                                          2016

      (moderator) (Video)

  • Art Lab Summer Studio Program                                                                            2016

    (Visiting Artist Crit)

  • “Out Of The Pan”: Snug Harbor Cultural Center                                                      2012

     (Presentation for Arts Major students transitioning into the field of Art)

 

Grants, Residencies and Awards

  • Cha North 2018 Summer Residency

  • ChaShaMa : ‘A Space to Create’ Program

  • Staten Island Arts: DCA Premiere Grant (Formerly COAHSI)

  • Charles G. Shaw Award: Brooklyn College/CUNY

  • Graduate Investment Program Award: Brooklyn College/CUNY

  • Foundation Art Award: College of Staten Island/CUNY

  • Departmental Honors in Art: College of Staten Island/CUNY

 

Consultancies and Award Panels

  • Creative Consultant: TINA 2018

    Pass: Artist Residency Program presenting

    One-Woman Show on the life of Tina Modotti

  • The Office of the Provost:                             2015

    College of Staten Island/CUNY

  • Fringe Festival: San Miguel: Les Exportables,                                                    2014

     San Miguel De Allende, Mexico

  • Staten Island Arts: Panelist review for DCA Premiere Grant                           2013

  • Black Mountain College Museum: Asheville, NC                                              2011-2012

    (a Retrospective exhibit at Black Mountain College

    and Western North Carolina University)

 

Publications

•   “Core at Twenty”                                                                                                   2018

    Celebrating Two Decades of CSI’s Dedication to General Education:

    The Core Program / CUNY

•   To Whom the Shoe Fits                                                                                     2018

Letters to Young Painters

     Milton Resnick and Pat Passlof Foundation

•   Contributor: The Huffington Post                                                                        2014- 2015

•   Contributor: The Painters Table                                                                           2014

•   Pat Passlof Retrospective catalog:                                                                       2011

    Black Mountain College Museum             

 

Professional Development and Academic Committees

•   Student Success Institute Fellowship: CUNY                                                      2017

•   Campus Study Work Group Committee                                                               2017

    (Organized to review and

    design pilots based on Campus Climate Survey): CUNY

•   Officer- at- Large for PSC College of Staten Island Chapter: CUNY                 2016- Present

•   Experiential Learning Task Force for Students: CUNY                                       2016

•   Adjunct Faculty Task Force (Group Leader): CUNY                                           2016

•   Faculty Center Advisory Board: CUNY                                                                2016

 

Press

•    Staten Island Community Television - “Non-Profit Matters”                              2017

•   Gallery Guide September (featured image)                                                        2017

•   Daily News (featured image)                                                                                2017

•   SiLive.Com                                                                                                             2017

•   Staten Island Advance                                                                                          2017

•   Examiner.com: Discoveries 2012: David Loncle                                                 2012

 

Research Abroad

•   Scotland: Reviewing ancient shamanic visual descriptions (Pictish esp.) and their transition into modern Scottish form. 2017.

•   Mexico: San Miguel de Allende and Mexico City: Researching folk art and its relationship to pre-Columbian productions. 2014.

•   France: Paris and Aix in Provence researching Cezanne in relation to early 20th cen. painting with a focus on 10th street NYC abstraction. 2013.

•   Istanbul: Reviewing the aesthetic shifts from Byzantine to Turkish art exploring the dynamic between cultural conceptions and aesthetic expression. 2012.

 

Significant On-Going Projects

•   Book: “The Inspired”:  A compilation of writings and correspondence from Pat Passlof’s 60 year career; accompanying interviews of fellow painters and collectors.  (Expected Publication in 2020): Midmarch Arts Press

 

Skills

•   Basic Printmaking, Animation, Art Handling, Basic Woodworking, Digital Cameras, Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom, Basic Adobe Premier and After Effects, Microsoft Office, Theater Production, Avid Gardner, Cooking, Robust Academic Knowledge and Curiosity and I can reach Items on Very High Shelves

 


 

 

 

The first thought has the fragrance of excitement and promise.  Oh! what play and charm and possibility!  We begin and we are all of us, lost, surreptitiously presented a shifting handle on a shifting tool.  The possibilities digress into daunting unintelligibility.  So in desperation we snatch at context.  I aim to reproduce what's in front of me?  To what end, for what quality?  What of novelty?  Style?  Thereby identity, once an afterthought, now looms in the flickering shadows and reality emerges like water through the floorboards.

This trap sprung, the concerns unfold in perpetual recurrence and regress.  Yet art persist, arousing the subtleties of our senses - curious and memorable is the beginning of all poetry and abstraction.  The night's tidal surge rises in its imperceptible speed.  We are afraid of the quiet in the dark, and galvanized by sounds.  And as in youth, we adorn a brave mask and bottle our terror.  Barriers cajole convoluted converse — appeals to morality, intelligentsia, culture — and we witness the talk of art and form and structure in all its esoteric luxuries, at turns, calmative and grating. 

Are my choices in poor values?  What of work's worth?  Where is my justification and by what authority?  Some artists appear exempt by fortune of arrogance or blinding absolution.  Caravaggio paints a dirty foot in our rear-view mirror.  Gods mark their thoughts in the matter of our lives.  We are pricked by our mortal cue's: to yearn, dream, befuddle, fear, serve and fail.

The artwork’s bounds are our own.  Lines and marks: our conviction, apprehension, grace, apathy, ignorance — human dimensions in form.  The multitude of reflections pulsate into the complexity, a resemblance, what we might in our limitation and impulsivity, compare to life - a container greater than our capacity.

Art portents, projects, suggest, tantalizes, reserves, alerts and springs.  Most preciously, and rarely, it finds expression exceeding expectation - beyond our certainty and culture, our habit and reticence.  The blank canvas seduces many up the language of tall towers - the talk from clouded sight.  Possibly it's there we need to be, and being there, we reflect upon the surroundings, thereto finding ourselves born in a womb of air.  Whereby emerges in us and as us that blind seer, who gropes the floor for bread.  We are nourished by the invisible.

In peripheral wisps, the ineffable wanders in the domain of sense.  Meaning alights on winged toes and measures us in our thoughts and hearts.  Perhaps we can say art manifest the space amongst us, and that everything counts.  We fear we’ll miss the counting.

In the dark we cup our hands to save the glowing embers.  The truth is we don't know; we are only surviving.