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Title:                The Search for the Perfect, DDX, and Amore Perfect Union

Details:            3 books, each 11” x 11”

Edition Size:    40 sets


Book 1, The Search for the Perfect is a narrative of drawings, illustrations, and diagrams about an evolving journey of the artist’s will and his/her questioning of self. In this search, the self is directed by both the chaos arrow (obstacle), and the compass (tool to navigate out of the chaos). Throughout this search the artist navigates a chaotic sea of conflicting currents in mass culture's influence on art, beauty, identity, and morality.


Book 2, DDX, refers to Differential Diagnosis, a process of elimination used by medical practitioners in the identification of a patient’s disease. Festa uses this process to develop a dramatic self-interrogation in the form of a massive list of ‘symptoms’. The list is a poetic stream of consciousness depicting problems and preoccupations both real and imagined. It sandwiches images of T.V. doctors and medical scans which are demarcated by digital print processes and poisonous text.


Book 3, Amore Perfect Union, uses digital collage and drawing to introduce Festa’s concept for a business model designed to merge financial planning, video games, and direct marketing as a platform to assimilate young Americans more rapidly into consumer society. The book includes drawings of reclining nudes marked by graffiti which references over-exposure to advertising in media, entertainment, sex, and American pop culture.

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The Search for the Perfect, DDX, and Amore Perfect Union

Books in slip cover

The Search for the Perfect, Page 40

DDX, Page 34

The Search for the Perfect, Page 23

The Search for the Perfect, Page 50

Amore Perfect Union, Page 7

Amore Perfect Union, Page 1

Installation View Common Economy, 2013.

Installation view Common Economy, 2013.

Installation view Common Economy, 2013.

Installation view Common Economy, 2013.

Installation view Common Economy, 2013.

Installation view Common Economy, 2013.

David Festa

The Search for the Perfect

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