David Zvanut

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David Zvanut

David Zvanut received his MFA from East Texas State Uni­ver­si­ty in 1986. His art is held in many pri­vate and pub­lic col­lec­tions in Hunt Coun­ty and around the coun­try. His dig­i­tal pho­to-col­lage “Music On Parade” was cho­sen for the Catholic Foun­da­tion Plaza mur­al com­pe­ti­tion in 2009, and a large ver­sion of that work now hangs in the Music Build­ing on the TAMU‑C Cam­pus. The North­east Texas Children’s Muse­um, Cook Children’s Hos­pi­tal, and the Texas Lot­tery Com­mis­sion have com­mis­sioned his art. His bois d’arc sculp­ture “Eter­nal Carousel” was cho­sen as a 2015 Hunt Coun­ty Pub­lic Art com­mis­sion . It is installed in the Com­merce City Park. His fused glass mur­al “Eter­nal view”, a 2018 com­mis­sion from Hunt Coun­ty Pub­lic Art, is a per­ma­nent fea­ture of the Com­merce Pub­lic Library south window.

Zvanut cre­ates objects in a vari­ety of medi­ums includ­ing paint, clay, glass, and repur­posed items in both two and three dimensions.

The mate­ri­als I use in my sculp­tures are usu­al­ly found or recy­cled. Many of them were dis­card­ed because they were bro­ken, marred, or their own­ers saw them as use­less or obso­lete. I like to apply a high degree of fin­ish to the mate­ri­als with­out hid­ing nat­u­ral­ly occur­ring flaws. One goal is for the view­er to notice the beau­ty in the flawed sur­faces, and then recon­sid­er their atti­tudes about peo­ple, ideas, and items that tend to be dis­card­ed as defec­tive or useless.

In my paint­ings and sculp­tures, I assem­ble var­i­ous sym­bols, objects, col­ors, and shapes in such a way that these ele­ments and the rela­tion­ships between them load the art­work with con­tent. My own expe­ri­ences unlock mean­ings for me. I rely on the view­er’s expe­ri­ences to unlock any sig­nif­i­cance for them. This con­tent will be the same only some of the time. Sur­prise for both artist and view­er hap­pens when we dis­cov­er our dif­fer­ent interpretations.

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