Postcards 2017







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I’m always thinking of those quiet city streets, when they’re quiet, traversing the calm. The quiet gives a drama. The in between staging of a layered functional space. That is the most powerful visual expereince I’ve had since living in Tokyo. 
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Wandering in the neighborhoods I visited often (or otherwise [wherever I could find nearby] while traveling that wasn’t too congested -- liked the look of someplace having been evacuated or as if I’ve just gathered a moment between when the activity happens. (but that was no the criteria in mind once I had arrived at the area). The desired situation was one where the major geometry of the view [from my position] was created by spacial distictions as well as visual ones: rather than other information/details, major divisions would be sunken inside or overlapping, and in general there would preferably be a lot of space (/a wide space) between the subject and me to make a  wide view with already significant depth regardless of the area of focus.
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This meandering walk that ends in a single spot and the insistence on discovery are important for the response I want to have. The necessary discipline and minute to minute labor is more strenuous than work in the studio and I think this is something I seek out.
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(1, 2) 江東 Koto (2 of 9)    oil on paper     16 x 13 cm    2017

(3) 新宿 Shinjuku III (4 of 9)    oil on paper     16 x 13 cm    2017

(4) 新宿 Shinjuku IV (7 of 9)    oil on paper     16 x 13 cm    2017

(5) 新宿 Shinjuku I (1 of 9)    oil on paper     16 x 13 cm    2017

(6,7) Seoul: Mapo (6 of 9)    oil on paper     16 x 13 cm    2017

(8) 目黒 Meguro (9 of 9)    oil on paper     16 x 13 cm    2017

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新宿 Shinjuku II (3 of 9)    oil on paper     16 x 13 cm    2017
Seoul: Seodaemun (5 of 9)    oil on paper     16 x 13 cm    2017
中野 Nakano (8 of 9)    oil on paper     16 x 13 cm    2017



exhibtions :

Room For One Book, Sage Hill Farm, Leesburg VA 2019
3/3 Painting Exhibition, Just Another Space, Tokyo Japan 2018

David Tompkins is an artist based in New York City working with architectural space and observation (b. 1992 Durham NC, RISD ‘14)





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