We had the good fortune of connecting with David Klos and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi David, where are your from? We’d love to hear about how your background has played a role in who you are today?
I was born in Munich Germany but raised in Sarasota Florida. My mother is from Slovakia and my father is German. We moved to Florida as soon as I was young enough to fly. I learned to speak a little German and Slovak growing up but not enough to consider myself German or Slovak. For most of my life I often avoided telling people I was born in Germany since that would invoke the statement “Say something in German”. I may have been raised in Sarasota but I lived in a European household. My household was different from every American household I met. We didn’t spend money in the way I saw other families spend money. It wasn’t until college when I was becoming more independent did I realize just how much my family and I separated ourselves from American consumer culture. My college experience really introduced me to consumerism and its appeals. I started to want things I didn’t need or had little use for. My upbringing really impacted how I view the world around me. I like to question why American consumer culture is the way it is and this often drives my art. I like to create sculptures of expensive consumer products out of discarded and found materials to invite the viewer to think and ask questions about their consumer habits.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am very thankful I was able to go to college and study under so many amazing professors and artists. Looking back now I would not have such a profound and self fulfilling portfolio. When it came to art I was always very experimental, trying out new materials and mediums. College isn’t for everyone but it gave me time to explore painting, drawing, Printmaking, 3D and even 4D (video) art. I jumped back and forth between printmaking, painting, and sculpture and I often still do. My work may not always be cohesive when it comes to my choice of media but all of it is centered around my interests and conceptual thinking. During my last year of college I formed a thesis around my interests and crafted a body of work around the many objects of American consumer culture. I found and collected materials and objects of little to no value such as tinfoil, chip bags, salt rocks, hot glue, cardboard, hair and much more. With these materials I would construct my concepts in forms of recognizable objects. Through all this I learned there are many ways to find your style or voice in art. I don’t have to stick to one form of art or media it’s about experimenting, learning and eventually it will all come together. I like to create art that invokes the viewer to ask questions, to stop and think. My art isn’t about a statement, it’s about a conversation.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
It’s Florida so first things first, we have to go to the beach. Lido beach is my favorite beach to swim in the ocean and skim board due to it having less foot traffic compared to Siesta Key. After a long day at the beach we would head over to Saint Armands Circle to go window shopping and have our pick at which ice cream place we want to cool down at. As for dinner, seafood is a must, Anna Maria Oyster Bar would be my choice. Can’t forget to check out Main street, one of Sarasota’s hotspots for restaurants, stores and nightlife. If all that doesn’t tire us out then we could wake up bright and early Saturday morning to attend the Downtown Sarasota Farmers Market check out all the local produce, plants, prepared foods and artisans being sold at the many vendors. Downtown is not too far from the John Ringling Causeway where we can take a walk up to the highest point of the bridge to overlook the ocean and watch the sunset. If you’re feeling up for a bike ride then Benderson Park is a great place to ride around the lake where you can watch rowers practice for competitions. That’s only the half of it because there is lots more to do in and around Sarasota.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I want to give a shout out to my Booker High Schools VPA art teachers for giving me a space to explore and learn my craft. A warm thank you to the Ringling College Fine Arts department for all the conceptual teachings and taking my work to the next level. Of course I want to thank my loving family for all the support and aid that was given to me throughout all those years.