Between 2009 and 2013 Dau made a number of works stemming from his interest in fonts and vintage commercial signage. The works are flattened and simplified depictions, mostly of buildings he had photographed in the Los Angeles area. Dau continues to photograph architectual signage and published a small book of his photographs in 2017, entitled, “Readymade.”
Pop Abstract Works
Dau’s earliest influences include Robert Rauschenburgh, Andy Warhol, and Jean-Michelle Basquiat. The selected works featured here on wood panel and paper date from 2008 to 2011 and show an obvious homage to the collaborative works made by Warhol and Basquiat in the mid-80’s. Dau’s interest in bodega/street signage shows up in these earlier works as well.
Ink and Illustration Works
Dau has drawn since childhood, inspired first by his mother, Marilyn Dau, an abstract painter who received her MFA from UC Berkely in the 60’s. In his teenage years, his passion for skateboarding and punk music clearly informed what would become his drawing style, which shows a strong influence from the punk rock concert flyers Raymond Pettibone created in the early 1980’s.