Artist in residence David Fenster was born in Miami and began making films while studying at the University of Florida at Gainesville. Since graduation, he has made it a point to live in many places and to use his surroundings and the people he meets as an evolving subject for his films. Fenster lived briefly in Colorado, making nature documentaries for the Discovery Channel. He then relocated to New York City and worked as a freelance videographer and editor. Fenster attended the California Institute of the Arts where he received a MFA in film and video. His films include Fly Amanita (2010), The Call (2008), The Livelong Day (2007) and Trona (2004). Fenster’s film Wood (2006), about a tree’s progress from harvesting in Oregon through sawmill to lumber, won the Jury Prize for best documentary short at the Los Angeles Film Festival. Last year he organized FungiFest, a series of wild mushroom inspired events, at Machine Project in Los Angeles. He also teaches at CalArts and UC San Diego.
The Chinati Foundation's Artist in Residence program is generously supported by the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation and the Chinati Contemporary Council. Chinati is grateful for the generous financial support of our members and the support and in-kind contributions of the people of Marfa.