David Dempewolf earned a Certificate in sculpture from PAFA, a BFA from the University of Pennsylvania and an MFA from Columbia University. He has been a resident of the Whitney Independent Studio Program and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.
He is the co-founder and co-director of the Marginal Utility gallery, and the Machete art-zine in Philadelphia. Dempewolf has shown singular projects in various group shows in spaces and venues such as Greene Naftali, New York; the CAC, Cincinnati, Ohio; Whitechapel, London; the Oberhausen and London film festivals.
Dempewolf alters found video footage to investigate and enhance themes of memory, history, repetition and experience. Frame by frame, Dempewolf transforms canonical films and videos, creating a new recombinant text/video that explores how our recollections of the past frame and define our shared present moment. The manipulation not only affects how the viewer experiences the visual components of the archival material, but it also changes the auditory encounter with an emphasis on rhythm that threads together a time based consideration of the instability of collective and personal memories.
Dempewolf is a Resident Seminar Critic in the MFA program. He teaches a course in Readings and Research.