Previously working with recycled materials as sculpture/assemblage, David is currently sculpting and carving in stone, using various materials, such as marble, limestone, steatite, and granite. In addition, he is working on a limited edition series of small bronzes.
When sculpting in stone, David uses marble as his main medium of expression. Stone possesses a strong inner gravity as it stubbornly refuses to break apart. "I am captivated working with such a beautiful, primeval material and the process of carving. My style is minimalist and harmonious, following soft curves found in nature that hint at the human form. I am inspired by both Brancusi and Noguchi's elegant minimalism, and by figurative sculptors including Rodin, Donatello, and Michelangelo". David uses the same theme of nature in his small bronzes.
David’s choice of medium, stone, manages to transpose a sense of fluidity in spite of the rigidity of the material chosen. In turn, he challenges the notion that ‘art is passive’ due to the incitation of movement upon a touch. The interactive environment created between the artwork and the audience engages the latter and by doing so, David capitalizes on the sense of synergy conceived, and successfully establishes a two-way connection through an action and reaction cycle. The artist's choice of medium can be naturally categorized into the element of Earth (stone).
“Now Playing” is a series of sculptured plastic assemblages. The finished work utilizes recycled plastic toys as “metaphors” for cynical, whimsical, or humorous insights into the human condition. I have been collecting children’s plastic toys and using them in arrangements to make sculptures. I hunt for materials at flea markets and thrift stores, as well as items given to me by people who know and like my work. Individual pieces are chosen for their color, texture, and form. I spray paint the original colors in black or white paint to give them a new identity. Although I like to keep the construction process simple and low tech, it can take me weeks to create a sculpture. The base may be constructed using a picture frame or piece of wood and then toys are added, which are glued and screwed together. I like the fact that the toys are remnants of childhood, and combined with recycled materials such as plastic or wood, create new meaning. My hope is that people find my work intriguing and humorous (considering they really are what is usually seen as trash) is great!
David Komar taught Art in high school in Vancouver, B.C. Canada, and taught children with special needs in elementary schools in Sacramento, CA. David Komar has a B.Ed. in Art Education, MFA in Gold and Silversmithing, and a M.A. in Special Education. A practicing and exhibiting artist, his jewelry had been sold nationally and internationally with over 300 outlets in Canada, the United States, and Japan.
2016 “Light Play”, Blue Line Arts, Roseville, CA.
2015 "Blue Line Lottery for the Arts", 3rd prize, Blue Line Arts, Roseville, CA.
2015 "Valentine Redux", Nelson Gallery, University of CA at Davis, Davis, CA.
2014 “Sculptural Diversity....What Else?”, Else Gallery, CA State University, Sacramento, CA.
2014 “Totems and Plates”, Blue Line Arts, Roseville, CA.
2014 “DaVinci Days”, Midtown Arts Collective at Ellis, Sacramento, CA.
2014 SOLART Public Art Prize: Solar Panels Reimagined, SMUD Gallery, Sacramento CA.
“Liberation from Carbon Award”
2014 “Re-purposing Wood”, The TEMP Gallery, Sacramento, CA.
2014 “Now Playing”, The TEMP Gallery, Sacramento, CA.
2013 David Komar, The Shimo Center for the Arts, Sacramento, CA.
Children's Museum, Sacramento, CA
Sacramento VA Medical Center of Northern CA
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