David Deporis, Oakland, CA2022
This is a portrait of gifted songwriter and performer Dave Deporis who was prominent in the Oakland music scene as well as in NY music venues. He was robbed of his laptop and killed clinging to the robber’s car in 2017.
This installation is meant to both capture a moment in time as well as timelessness. Dave’s own song lyrics provided the symbolic images of his death including the body outline (painted on a vinyl fabric picture of the street where Dave was killed), ashes in the suitcase, and plywood door. These specific lyrics can be read on handout sheets on the floor along with an article about his career. Among these handouts are strewn California oak leaves, eucalyptus leaves (both also takeaways) and, from an aroma source, an ocean smell whch connects to places Dave lived in and loved. The laptop signifys the one stolen from him in his final moments with perhaps his last songs that tragically will never be known. The red car fender-like piece represents the cause of his death. The video and handouts are only accessed by walking around and into the art piece to view it and take the leaves, song lyrics and article sheets.
Music by Dave Deporis. Videos by Dave Deporis and Scott MacDonald. Editing by Kelly Craven. Article on Dave’s story by Peter Himmelman. See article online at: https://peterhimmelman.substack.com/p/a-story-of-a-musician-youve-never
Special Thanks to Stella Deporis for her guidance, support, and permisson to use her copyrighted material of Dave’s work.
Painted sheet metal, printed vinyl fabric, acrylic paint, distressed plywood, suitcase, laptop, ashes, letter paper with printed song lyrics, stones, California oak leaves, eucalyptus bark and leaves impregnated with eucalyptus oil, georgette fabric, pico projector, media player, cable, aroma diffuser, synthetic ocean aroma oil, various hardware. 50” x 72” x 80”