David Detrich is a conceptual artist that works in a variety of media. He creates situations in which objects are altered, detached and reordered from their initial intended manufacture and context. By applying specific combinations and manipulations, different functions and/or contexts are created. By focusing on techniques and materials, he creates work using creative game tactics.
The central content of the work takes on current social and environmental issues. Albeit serious, this content quickly becomes a subtext yielding to a quirky and humorous façade. The work questions the coerciveness that is derived from the more profound meaning by using artificial fake replicas which support superficial aesthetic appearance.
The politics of nature, industry, food source, and self are all at stake in an otherworldly small scale playing field.
Originally from East St. Louis, Illinois, David Detrich received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Kansas City Art Institute in Missouri and his Master of Fine Arts degree from Alfred University in New York. He has exhibited his work nationally and internationally including venues at the Tallina Kunstiulikool in Tallin, Estonia and at the American Cultural Center in Taipei, Taiwan. His work is also represented in public and private collections nationally.