Overlapping Memories

I'll be exhibiting six new prints in Overlapping Memories which opens 2.10.12 at SPACE in Pittsburgh and 2.25.12 at Quart Jove in Valencia, Spain. The exhibit co-curated by Carolina Loyola-Garcia, Ima Pico and Christina Ghetti  explores concepts of memory & introspection through the contemporary use of collage and digital media.
Over the past month I developed a new series of images based on childhood memories & associations with pop culture images, icons and historic events of the 1970′s.

Naked in the Jungle, 2012
Overlapping Memories is an art exchange between artists based in Spain and U.S.A working with contemporary collage as a medium and dealing with themes of memory and retrospection.
812 Liberty Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15222
10 February – 1 April, 2012
Opening Reception: Friday February 10, 2012 • 5:30 -8:30



Picnic: Pop-Folk Contemporary Illustration

Picnic: Pop-Folk Contemporary Illustration
Designed by Retina y Retinette/ Published in 2011 by Promopress, Barcelona Spain
Hardcover: 272 pages

A visual celebration of retro illustration and modernist graphic design reinvented by 45 international artists. Picnic recalls the traditional, more artisanal styles of iconic graphic designers such as Saul Bass and Friz Freleng and showcases a stunning presentation of artwork featuring silkscreen printing, hand lettering, collage, and typography with a contemporary twist.

This refreshing work recalls the golden age of graphic design in the 50s and 60s, while showcasing the work of a new generation of designers using hand-made and organic design techniques to create and inspire their illustration. Picnic on Tumblr.

Pre-Order a copy here. Publication Date: February 14, 2012

En esta edición de PICNIC Pop-Folk Contemporary Illustration hemos tenido la suerte de poder colaborar con un elenco de ilustradores nacionales e internacionales que hacen maravillas absolutas.



Your Place at the Banquet

Your Place at the Banquet is a visual art exhibition and public awareness initiative that critically examines the mechanisms 
of our industrial food system and aims to empower people to sow the seeds of change through their daily choices and actions.


Your Place at the Banquet is made possible by a grant from The Heinz Endowments Small Arts Initiative.
Schedule of Events

Friday,  September 16, 2011 / 6-10pm
Opening Reception with Digestion, a performance by Tom Sarver, and Local Soup, home made soup to feed the masses by Rose Clancy.
Future Tenant / 819 Penn Avenue
Free and open to the public

Tuesday,  September 20, 2011 / 8pm
Movie Night : Food, Inc.Garfield Bridge / 5407 Broad Street

Friday,  September 23, 2011 / 6-9pm
Cook and SpinAn evening of food and vinyl records with David Pohl and Tom Sarver
Future Tenant / 819 Penn Avenue

Saturday,  September 24, 2011 / time TBA
Vegetable IslandA mobile puppet show by Tom Sarver and Mike Cuccaro of Puppet Happening
Market Square
Free and open to the public

Tuesday,  September 27, 2011 / 8pm
Movie Night : FLOWGarfield Bridge / 5407 Broad Street

Friday,  September 30, 2011 / 6-9pm
Gallery Crawl with special performance by Zayde Buti
Future Tenant / 819 Penn Avenue
Free and open to the public

Saturday, October 1, 2011 / 9pm
Zayde Buti performance
Garfield Bridge / 5407 Broad Street
Free and open to the public

Tuesday,  October 4, 2011 / 8pm
Movie Night : Dirt! The MovieGarfield Bridge / 5407 Broad Street

Tuesday,  October 11, 2011 / 8pm
Movie Night : Vanishing of the BeesGarfield Bridge / 5407 Broad Street


Drawn in a Day

Drawn in a Day
Friday, July 15 from 1 - 9:30 p.m
Guest Curator: Robert Raczka

July 15 - September 4, 2011
812 Liberty Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
phone 412.325.7723
fax 412.325.7725

12 artists or collaborative teams will each create a large drawing directly on the walls of the gallery. The gallery will be open to the public to observe the art-making process 
on Friday, July 15 from 1 - 9:30 p.m. The drawing process will overlap with the gallery crawl, which is scheduled for 5:30-9:30 p.m., and following the opening reception, 
DJ Pete Spynda will be playing until midnight.

Participating artists (based in Pittsburgh unless otherwise noted):

Brian Holderman

David Pohl

Anne Lopez

Eric Stern

Cara Erskine

Valerie Leuth & Paul Roden

Brett Yasko

Wendy Osher

Cara Lynn Kleid

Alphonso Sloan

John Kissick, Toronto

Paul Santoleri, Philadelphia


Sacheen Littlefeather

Every June Pittsburgh's Mattress Factory Museum holds it's annual fundraiser in the form of an Urban Garden
Party, and each year there is a different theme to the event. The 2011 version celebrated From Hollywood to Paradise
An unique part of the event each year is an auction of original artwork based on a theme related object that the museum has chosen for each artist to work with.  Here's a collection of my art from some other garden parties. 

This year each artist was given a 12" plastic replica of the Oscar. I must have spent a week wondering what to do with
that object until, I decided to boycott it all together in favor of a drawing of Sacheen Littlefeather. 

Sacheen Littlefeather is a Native American activist who donned Apache dress and presented a speech on behalf of actor Marlon Brando, for his performance in The Godfather, when he boycotted the 45th Academy Awards ceremony on March 27, 1973, in protest of the treatment of Native Americans by the film industry.

I have created a very limited edition of 10, each print signed, numbered and printed with archival inks on 13" x 19" semi-matt archival paper.

Archival quality Inkjet print
13" x 19"
Paper finish: Semi-matt
Thickness: 10.5 mil
Weight: 250g/m²
Signed and dated: David Pohl, 2011
Edition of 10. 
Buy Here

Copyright © 2011 David Pohl
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Memory (2011 Version)

Memory (2011 Version)
Digital Mixed Media

Copyright © 2011 David Pohl
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The Loop Yoga Project

I am presenting The Loop Yoga Project at PetchaKutcha Night, Thursday March 24th. 8pm. 
937 Liberty Avenue Pittsburgh PA  (3rd floor) Sponsored by AIGA PGH 

PechaKucha means chit-chat in Japanese and was started by architects and designers to remedy 
long-winded lectures and presentations. PechaKucha has spread to 337 cities around the world, 
including Amsterdam, Beijing, Budapest, Hong Kong, London, and Pittsburgh!



 Shesasweet by vastlesssmudge


Created with analog loops/samples. Recorded and mixed live on a Tascam 4-track cassette tape recorder.
Circa, 1997

Contains samples from: Tupelo Honey by Van Morrison, Astral Weeks by Van Morrison
and By the Time I Get To Phoenix by Isaac Hayes.


Steeltown Anthem Interview

Here's a link to a recent interview posted by Mundania Horvath. She has a terrific blog about art, design and architecture in Pittsburgh called Steeltown Anthem.


How To Solve a Thorny Problem

We're used to living in an either-or-world, but when it comes to yes-or-no dilemmas, the most powerful thing you can ask is: What if both answers are true?

Client: O, The Oprah Magazine
Art Director: Herve Kwimo

July 2010 issue

Illustration Copyright © 2010 David Pohl
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A Winter Hymnal (Songs For My Father)

A Winter Hymnal (Songs For My Father)

A compilation of nine photographs documenting a series of rituals performed in my garden this past winter
in memory of my father Elmer Pohl, who died on December 22, 2009. 

A Winter Hymnal (Songs for My Father) is my contribution to a new group show called Responding, which 
opens this Friday April 16 at Future Tenant and runs through May 15. Responding is curated by Anna Mikolay.

In November of 2006 I buried my 13 year old dog Sherman under an old lilac tree in the back yard behind 
my home. Soon after, I began to use his burial site as a place to perform puja (devotional ritual) ceremonies. 
This personally sacred site has become for me a place to reflect upon love and reverence, memory, loss, time 
and the nature of decay.


Ganesh (2010)

Ganesh (2010)
Site specific wall drawing (12' x 20')
Spirograph, ink, graphite, latex, gouache, watercolor, kum-kum powder, tumeric, incense, fire and found objects.

@ The Pittsburgh Center For the Arts
from the exhibition Cluster
Curated by Adam Welch
February 5, 2010 - March 28, 2010

Copyright © 2010 David Pohl
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Ganesh: from The Loop Yoga Drawing Project

Spirograph, ink, graphite, latex paint, gouache, watercolor, kum-kum powder, tumeric, incense, fire and found objects.
2010 @ The Pittsburgh Center For the Arts from the exhibition Cluster Curated by Adam Welch February 5, 2010 - March 28, 2010
Ganesh is the fifth installment in my continuing series (since 2001) of site specific wall drawings created utilizing a Spirograph, the 1960's drawing toy for children. 
Ganesh (or Ganesha), is the beloved Hindu God with the head of an elephant (representing the Atman or soul), and a body in human form. Ganesh is known as The Lord of Beginnings, The Lord of Success and The Remover of Obstacles. He is one of the five primary Hindu deities,  along with Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva and Durga.  The first action in almost all Hindu pujas (devotional rituals) is to honor Ganesh.
I first started working with the Spirograph in 2001, and quickly discovered it's potential as a tool for meditative, ritualistic drawing practices. Around that time I also began a music project to facilitate my meditation and yoga practice, based on the concept(s) of mantra. I called it Loop Yoga Loop Yoga utilizes sampled music in the creation of repetitious sound currents with the intention of deeply connecting to the divinity encased within a sound structure. Together I have dubbed these (drawing and sound) investigations The Loop Yoga Project. The ephemeral, mutable and repetitive elements of this work points towards the cyclical nature of life. I attempt to illustrate the idea that life is ultimately a spiritual process through which one can discover a deeper union with (a) timeless reality. 


Vastlesssmudge Blues

Vastlesssmudge Blues
From the compilation 30 Years of Vastlesssmudge