Mantra / David Pohl




phonograph record players, record albums, found objects

Artist and musician David Pohl's environment turns old record players (picked up in secondhand stores) into a series of expressive altars, whose insistent sounds evoke the repetitive mantras of eastern spirituality. Other elements, often obsessively worked, sustain the concept of both universal and private religious experience.
About the Artist
David Pohl is an award-winning illustrator and multimedia artist based in Pittsburgh, PA. He works out of the House of Pingting, an illustration and design studio that works with magazine and book publishers. Pohl has created illustrations for clients such as, The New York TimesReader’s DigestTimeThe Wall Street JournalThe Los Angeles TimesNotre Dame Alumni Magazine, and many more.  
In addition to illustration, Pohl also works with video. His videos are meant to explore the physicality of recorded sound. In his installations, Pohl works with layers of graphic elements to explore themes of acceptance and social justice.  
Pohl received his BFA from The Cleveland Institute of Art. His work has been exhibited throughout the United States including, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh, PA; The Illustration Gallery, New York; and The Society of Illustrators Museum, New York, among others.
October 27 – December 8, 2001
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