Photo of David Clarkson
Photo of David Clarkson
David Clarkson
Faculty of Art

Area(s) of Expertise

Drawing, Painting, Display Practice, Digital Audio and Video


Over the past thirty years, I have cultivated a cross-disciplinary approach in my work that I believe reflects a contemporary ‘fluidity’ of image or identity. Within this context, I have frequently examined new perceptual or theoretical developments occurring at the intersection of technology and representation. For the past decade, I have been working with ‘web-cam’ imagery of remote landscapes, lately selected primarily from NASA's Mars Missions database. I am increasingly interested by the relation of these images to the histories of art and science-fiction.



1979: AOCA (Hons) Photoelectric Art, Ontario College of Art


Professional Experience




Selected Exhibitions

2008: Selections, The Drawing Center, New York, New York.

2007: Landscape Sculpture (Mars), Cynthia Broan Gallery, New York, New York.

2005: A More Better Future, Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, Ohio.

1999: Post-Hypnotic, University Galleries, Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois; Berkley Museum of Art, University of California, Berkley, California.

1998: David Clarkson Afterimage Paintings, Derek Eller Gallery, New York, New York.

1992: David Clarkson Highlight Paintings, White Columns, New York, New York.

1992: David Clarkson, General Idea, Allan McCollum, S.L. Simpson Gallery, Toronto, Ontario.

1985: 18th Sao Paulo Biennial, Sao Paulo, Brazil.


Selected books and catalogues:


2008: Abstract Painting in Canada, Douglas and MacIntyre Ltd., Vancouver, Canada., text by Roald Nasgaard.

1999: Post-Hypnotic, University of Illinois Press, Normal, Illinois., texts by Barry Blinderman and Tom Moody. 

1992: David Clarkson, White Columns, New York, New York, texts by Bill Arning, Saul Ostrow and Deborah Esch.

Awards \ Grants



2004: Ucross Foundation, Ucross, Wyoming.

1987: P.S. 1, Long Island City, New York.


Selected Publications


2009: “On Himmelskibet Hill”, BOMB, Spring. (and video link, “Colony”, BOMB website.)

1998: “The Psychedelic Solution of Bruce Pearson”, BOMB, Winter.

1994: “Philip Taaffe”, Flash Art, vol. 177, Summer.

1993: “Carl Ostendarp”, interview, Flash Art, vol. 171, Summer.

“Carroll Dunham”, Flash Art, vol. 170, Spring.

“Karin Davie”, Flash Art, vol. 169, Spring.

1992: “Vision Machines”, M5V, Winter.

1991: General Idea”, interview, M5V, Fall.

1988: “Sarah Charlesworth”, interview, Parachute, no. 49, Winter.

“On the Photographic Grid”, Photo Communique, Spring.

 1986: “On the Surface”, C Magazine, Spring.


Professional Affiliations / Boards / Juries


since 1995: Exhibition Manager, Ronald Feldman Fine Art, New York, New York.

1992 - 95: Writer, Flash art, New York, New York.

1990 - 92: Publisher/Senior Editor, M5V Magazine, Toronto, Ontario.

1990 - 92: Board of Directors, Mercer Union, Toronto, Ontario.

1989 - 90: Director, Images Film Festival, Toronto, Ontario.

1980 - 87: Director, Gallery 76, Ontario College of Art, Toronto, Ontario.

1979 - 86: Board of Directors, YYZ, Toronto, Ontario.