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Inspired by master wood-engravers of the thirties and forties, David Trulli works primarily in scratchboard. Unlike traditional scratchboard, Trulli works on wood panels, often quite large by scratchboard standards. In his work David Trulli carves stories of modern urban life and illuminates the beauty, wonder, angst and terror of living in the modern, technological world.A former cinematographer, Trulli decided to pursue his art full time in 2003. He has been profiled in the L.A. Times and his work has appeared on the cover of ArtScene magazine and in Juxtapoz magazine. David Trulli was born in 1960 in Ossining, New York and came to Los Angeles in 1979. He currently resides in Los Feliz, and has a studio in Hollywood.
“I have seen the future.”
That’s what my souvenir button from the 1964 New York World’s Fair proclaims.
As a young boy attending the fair, I looked upon the world of tomorrow, as presented by GM, Ford, and others, and I believed. I have never been able to completely shake off this naiveté. Today I read news of society's advances with great enthusiasm, while the cynic in me conjures up the terrible possibilities that can arise.
We adapt so quickly to changes around us, the ubiquitous presence of computers, cell phones, and other devices, but few of us understand them or the effect on society that they have. One theory, commonly known as “Moore’s Law,” states that our level of technological sophistication will double every few years.
When I think about the dioramas from the world’s fair I can see a time where Moore’s Law meets Murphy’s Law. I think many of us share this vision, whether consciously or not, and live with a growing anxiety towards industry, technology and our destiny.
As we create and rely on more complicated devices are we doomed to an increasingly fragile and unreliable future? Perhaps, but in spite of this I find a beauty in our creations. It might be hard to see sometimes, but its there. It’s there in the connection of millions of people by wire and wave, in the physical structures that we build, in the ways that our lives have been improved.
Have I seen the future? Have you?
2011 "Beyond Daylight", Robert Berman E6 Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
2011 "In Broad Daylight", Robert Berman Gallery, Santa Monica, CA.
2006 “David Trulli - The View From Here" Copro/Nason Gallery, Bergamot Station,
Santa Monica, CA. December
2005 “David Trulli - Scratchboard” Earl McGrath Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. January
2004 “Big City…Small Stories” Gallery 825 – Bergamot Station, Santa Monica, CA. January
2002 "Slow Pictures...Fast World" Gallery Figueroa, Los Angeles, CA. October
2007 “Stimulus” art auction, Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA. February
2007 “New Year in Black and White” I-5 Gallery, LA, CA. Curated by Mat Gleason. January
2006 “Fin” Bedlam Art, LA, CA. April
2006 “Everything but the Kitschen Sync” La Luz de Jesus Gallery, LA, CA. March
2006 “Inauguration 3” Gallery Revisited, Los Angeles, CA. February
2006 "Drawing Show” Gallery C, Hermosa Beach, CA. February
2004 "Return to Compulsion” (two-person show with Michiko Yao) Gallery Revisited,
Los Angeles, CA. October
2004 “Summer Show” Los Angeles Municipal Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. July
2003 “Xmas @ Bedlam” Bedlam Art, LA, CA. December
2003 “Inaugural reception” Gallery Revisited, Chinatown, Los Angeles, CA. November
2003 “International Juried Exhibition” curator: Marian Parmenter, Director - San Francisco
Museum of Modern Art Artist’s Gallery, San Francisco. October-November
2003 “Random Thoughts” Lankershim Art Gallery, North Hollywood, CA. October
2003 “Create: Fixate” Beverly Hills, CA. August
2003 “Smart Gals Speakeasy” (Featured Artist), Los Feliz CA. August
2003 “Selected Collective” Gallery 4016, Silver Lake, CA. July
2003 “It’s a Fine Line” curator: Claudine Ise, assoc. Curator, UCLA Hammer Museum,
Gallery 825, West Hollywood, CA. June
2003 “50/50 Show” Gallery 825, West Hollywood, CA. May
2003 "Metamorphosis" Gallery Figueroa, Los Angeles, CA. March
2001 "Peace by Piece" Gallery Figueroa, Los Angeles, CA. December
BIBLIOGRAPHY / MEDIA
- “Molly Barnes’ Art News” radio show. Interview with David Trulli. Broadcast on KCSN_FM, Los Angeles.
- “Flavorpill LA” issue #202. Review of “David Trulli - The View From Here” by Shana Nys Dambrot.
- “Copro/Nason Fine Art – A Catalogue Raisonné” December 2006
- “Tips and Picks” NY Arts Magazine. Summer, 2005
- “Recommended Exhibitions” LA Weekly. February 25, 2005
- “David Trulli – Preview of Exhibition” by Ray Zone, ArtScene magazine. January 2005
- “David Trulli and Michiko Yao at Revisited” by Charlene Roth, Artweek magazine. July/August 2004
- “Scratching Life’s Surface” by Duane Noriyuki, Los Angeles Times. January 15, 2004
- “Direct Art Magazine” Volume 9, (photo layout) Direct Art Productions. New York, NY. Spring 2004.
LECTURES / PRESENTATIONS
- Speaker – “Artist Lecture Series” Gallery C, Hermosa Beach, CA. February 16, 2006
- Moderator – “The Gallery Roundtable – Gallerists Talk About Art in Los Angeles.”
Los Angeles Art Association, Los Angeles, CA. July 9, 2005
- Moderator – “An Evening with Art Collector Tom Peters” Gallery 825 – Bergamot Annex,
Santa Monica, CA. November 18, 2004
- Lens-less Photography Workshop, Gallery 825, West Hollywood, CA. December 6, 2003
- Lens-less Photography Workshop, Gallery Figueroa, Los Angeles, CA. October 19, 2002
Member: Los Angeles Art Association