David Ireland

Headlands Artist in Residence 1987
Untitled, 2006
16” x 20”, digital pigment print

"You can’t make art by making art" was a guiding principle in the work of David Ireland, one of California's most important and critically acclaimed artists working in the challenging arena of conceptual and installation art. Over his thirty-plus year career, David Ireland produced a remarkable series of architectural transformations, installations, objects and drawings that consistently challenged viewers' everyday distinctions between art and non-art. A self-described "post-discipline" artist guided by Zen thought and postmodern aesthetics, Ireland moved fluidly from making small drawings to creating sculptures as large as houses. David Ireland's work has been presented in more than 40 solo exhibitions, at venues including the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.; The Museum of Modern Art and the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York.