David Opdyke, ‘The One’, 2007, Lower East Side Printshop

About David Opdyke

David Opdyke finally settled on being a sculptor after ruling out industrial design because it was too dry, and painting because it was too open-ended. The politically charged works for which he is known stem from a consciousness of the dystopian American reality that emerged during the divisive 2000 presidential elections and intensified with the dot com crash, 9/11, and its messy aftermath. Among these, Greenback (2006) is a monumental bas-relief of a dollar bill, which upon close inspection reveals thousands of painstakingly rendered toy soldiers, tanks, cannons, hospital tents, and ammo dumps. It constitutes one of several works critiquing profiting off war and exemplifies his characteristic hyperrealist style. Recently, Opdyke has concentrated on making his work less overtly political, although he continues to tackle subjects such as environmental degradation.

American, b. 1969, Schenectady, New York, based in New York, New York

Exhibition Highlights

2016
New York,
Truthful Hyperbole
2014
New York, NY, United States,
The Future Ain't What It Used to Be
2009
Wright Museum of Art, 
Beloit, WI, United States,
Land of Plenty
2008
Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, 
New York, NY, United States,
Manifest Destination
2007
Roebling Hall, 
New York, NY, United States,
Dredge

Solo Shows

2016
New York,
Truthful Hyperbole
2014
New York, NY, United States,
The Future Ain't What It Used to Be
2009
Wright Museum of Art, 
Beloit, WI, United States,
Land of Plenty
2008
Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, 
New York, NY, United States,
Manifest Destination
2007
Roebling Hall, 
New York, NY, United States,
Dredge
2006
BravinLee Programs, 
New York, NY, United States,
Drawings
2004
Corcoran Gallery of Art, 
Washington D.C., DC, United States,
American Paradigms

Group Shows

2016
The Knockdown Center, 
Maspeth, Queens, NY, United States,
Temporary Allegiance
2015
Wave Hill Cultural Center, 
Bronx, NY, United States,
Wrath: Nature Strikes Back
2015
Castle Gallery at the College of New Rochelle, 
New York, NY, United States,
Not Really
2015
Centro de Arte Contemporáneo Wifredo Lam, 
La Habana, Havana, Cuba,
Havana Biennale
2013
Underline Gallery, 
New York, NY, United States,
Norwood & Underline Present
2011
Museum of Arts and Design, 
New York, NY, United States,
Otherworldly
2011
Kunsthal, 
Amersfoort, Netherlands,
MärklinWorld
2010
HP Garcia Gallery, 
New York, NY, United States,
Nature of the Beast
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