I am hungry for collaboration and I believe that the best solutions arise when teamwork is strong and people feel safe to experiment and fail. After studying architecture and fine art as an undergraduate at Arizona State University (where I obtained a BFA in sculpture), I worked for the Phoenix Art Museum and as a professional sculptor working on large scale architectural work for restaurants and casinos around the world. Upon moving to Portland, Oregon in 1997 I immediately connected with Michael Curry Design (MCD) where I was hired to sculpt masks, puppets, and props for the Lion King on Broadway production. This production won a Tony Award and Drama Desk Award for best costumes/props. While working at MCD, I started DJL Studio. DJL Studio focuses on both art and design services- with a focus on furniture and lighting design, product design, experiential design, consulting services and public art commissions. Every 5 years, or so, I create a new body of large scale encaustic paintings- each time with a new theme. The resulting work has been shown in galleries and retail spaces throughout Oregon and Arizona.
In 2011 I joined the inaugural class of the new MFA program in Collaborative Design at the Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) in Portland, Oregon. This trans-disciplinary program seeks to use design thinking and creative problem solving approaches to address complex problems in the community and around the world.
More information about the MFACD program at PNCA here.
Thanks for swinging by,
David J Laubenthal (DJL)