I am a visual artist who works across multiple platforms of production including collaborations with architects, graphic designers, voice actors, digital engineers, fabricators, and sound studios. My work is driven by a wide range of theoretical and personal references, which manifests mostly around the idea of site, language, and the built environment. Appropriating from the vocabulary and motifs of Modernism, and an array of idiosyncratic subjects from popular culture and theory, I develop projects that are sculptural as well as text, graphic, and sound based. My work intertwines language and linguistics, with architectural form, as a critical exercise of spatial grammar that explore narrative structures. My interest in collapsing the structures of language and spatial grammar superimposes aspects of the intelligible with the unintelligible.
Schafer received a B.A. from the University of Missouri, Kansas City in 1979 and an M.F.A. in Sculpture from the University of Texas, Austin in 1983. Schafer’s work has been shown in solo exhibitions at Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Santa Monica; Sara Meltzer Gallery, New York; Works on Paper, Inc, Los Angeles; and PS1, Long Island City, New York; Van Rooy Gallery, Netherlands. His work has been presented in numerous group exhibitions including those at; Lawrimore Project, Seattle, WA; The Sculpture Center, New York; The Brooklyn Museum of Art, NY; The Baltimore Museum of Art; Williamson Gallery, Art Center College of Design, Los Angeles; George Adams Gallery, New York; Artists Space; White Columns; The Drawing Center, New York; The Luckman Fine Arts Gallery, California State University Art Museum, Los Angeles, The Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena, CA; The De Vleeshal, Netherlands. http://www.davidschafer.org/