David Askevold

“I never know when enough is enough…but there are always things that never reach the surface that, at some point, can be articulated in a number of ways" 2001

David Askevold was a conceptual artist who created installations, video, film and photo-text works, sculpture and photography. He established the Projects Class at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD) in the 1970s, which invited established artists to work with students on artistic assignments.

Askevold studied art and anthropology at the University of Montana before receiving a scholarship in the mid 1960s to attend the Brooklyn Museum Art School. After three years in New York, he went on to earn a Fine Arts degree from the Kansas City Art Institute where Gerald Ferguson was teaching. In 1968, Askevold was invited to teach at NSCAD where he became an influential teacher in the conceptual movement. He left Halifax periodically to teach at the California Institute of Art, the University of California, the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, York University and the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California.

Askevold’s work varied in theme as well as medium over his career. In the video Learning about Cars and Chocolate, Askevold asks a gallery owner about cars that pass a window as he eats a box of chocolates. The Poltergeist, a photo-text piece, explores ideas of the occult ritual and imagery. Once Upon a Time in the East catalogues the small harbours in Nova Scotia with photographs and video.