My name is David Page. I would say that I'm a sculptor and draftsman. Primarily I make objects and I'm fascinated by objects and motions of authenticity regarding materials. In this work over here I create these structures that are enclosures for people who can be contained inside of them. And the people inside of them have to be sustained in some way like they have to be given air or they become uncomfortable. I supply the air through mechanical blowers or bellows. The viewers and bystanders have to get involved to help the people in captivity and even though they're helping out with kindness, they are complicit in their captivity.
This neighborhood exists because this building (Area 405) exists. I was finishing grad school and Jim and Stewart were friends of mine. I needed studio space, and I needed an industrial, affordable studio plus I liked the building. SO I moved my stuff in and it was 15 years ago. I was one of the first tenants here. And Baltimore, because I was living in Florida and I hated Florida and it just seemed so temporary and coming through Baltimore it just felt real like real brick buildings and it had been here for some time and seemed so welcoming. I just kept coming back here.
My first night in Baltimore I had this friend from South Africa and I didn't have his number so I spent the night at Patapsco State Park and it was this completely different world. That kind of forest near the city. You can be on your bicycle and be in Lake Roland in 20 minutes and that's remarkable, or Druid Hill Park too. It's minutes from my house; a fantastic park designed by Olmsted, and that's kind of a benefit. There's so much access to urban forest, like the Jones Falls. There's always some way in very little time to find these intriguing places and it can totally changed your mood."
Neighborhood: Station North