In our world that grows ever smaller, as the wonders of nature and the universe become more commonplace due to digital photography and affordable travel, the idea of the flawed explorer who travels the expanse of the mysterious world before him, yet never observes the amazing creatures around him—only focusing on “What else is out there? What am I missing?”—is a humorous observation on our digital lives. Dave Pressler’s exhibit, “Exploring Imaginary Worlds” focuses on these concepts.
Dave is a Los Angeles based artist and character designer who has used sculpture and illustration to fuse two of his primary passions: fine art and the world of pop entertainment. In the past 20 years he has designed characters and worlds for such companies as Kid’s WB, Disney, Fox Kids Network, Wild Brain, and The Jim Henson Company to name a few. In the last decade Dave has shifted his focus to the universe of TV animation, where he has co-created and designed for the Emmy Nominated “Robot And Monster” for Nickelodeon. Dave is currently working at Dreamworks TV Animation, and has just illustrated his first picture book for kids, “Back To School With Bigfoot,” published by Scholastic. He is busy at work preparing for an exhibition with the Lancaster Museum of Art and History in 2018.
In addition to his media projects, Pressler is an accomplished painter and sculptor whose work shows in galleries all around the world. He also lends his sculpting talents to the collectible vinyl-art toy world with Necessaries Toy Foundation’s Mark Ryden's “YHWY,” Camille Rose Garcia’s “Camille’s Girls,” The Ron English “Rabbbit” figure, Brendon Monroe’s “Sour” for Android 8, Nathan Jurevicius “Monkey King,” and most recently “Mr. Pumfrey and His Astounding Mechanised Perambulator” by Doktor A.
With the success of Dave’s various limited edition resin creations his character “Angry Clobber Monkey” became his first vinyl collectable character. Recent Los Angeles gallery shows include Gallery 1988’s “100 Robots” (2012) which included the debut of “Revenge-Bot,” Dave’s largest robot sculpture so far.
The show runs through September 2017 at Telluride Arts HQ Gallery, located at 135 W Pacific in Telluride, Colorado. Open daily from 12-6pm or by appointment.