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David Familian

David Familian is an artist and curator who is based in Los Angeles. Familian received his BFA from California Institute of the Arts and his MFA from UCLA. He began his career as a photographer and his artistic practice now includes digital media, video, sculpture and installations. He has taught studio art and critical theory in art schools and universities including Otis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Santa Clara University, San Francisco Art Institute and UC Irvine. Familian is also Artistic Director of the Beall Center for Art and Technology at UC Irvine. Since 2005 he has curated one-person exhibitions of Shih Chieh Huang, Golan Levin, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Chico MacMurtrie, Jennifer and Kevin McCoy, Nam June Paik, Paul Vanouse and Victoria Vesna. Recently he initiated Black Box Projects, a series of exhibitions inw which artists collaborate with scientists.

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Donated Art Piece


Dimensions: 24"x36"  (unframed)


This series is part of a 20 year project of photographing different urban areas at night.  This works are part of the Los Angeles series.  These works explore different forms of architecture at night, photographed with available light, focusing on how lights or neon illuminate buildings and landscape, the series often emphasizes the artificial dramatic, façade-like qualities of the city by night: some beautiful, others seamy. While these images are now 20 years old, they seem closely related to the aesthetics of entertainment architecture, which prevails today.