David Cross is an artist, writer, curator and Associate Professor in Fine Arts at Massey University, Wellington, New Zealand. He leads the Litmus Research Initiative, a centre devoted to the examination of temporary public art. He has published extensively in this area as well as commissioning new work in the field. With Claire Doherty he co-directed the internationally acclaimed One Day Sculpture series of twenty temporary commissions by national and international artists across New Zealand in 2008–9.
Cross’s artwork has been exhibited in New Zealand, Australia and Eastern Europe and he has performed in international live art festivals in Poland, Croatia and Czech Republic. His practice has featured in Perspecta 99 in Sydney, Australian Centre of Contemporary Art, Melbourne and Perth Institute of Contemporary Art. His work Bounce (2006) was featured in a solo exhibition at Wellington city Art Gallery. Cross was also commissioned to develop a new work ‘Two Lines’ (2008) for He Korowai o Te Wai: The Mantle of Water curated by Ian Wedde for the Rotorua Museum and Art Gallery. His performance work Pump (2009) was selected for inclusion in Performance Studies International in Zagreb, Croata and subsequently at St Pauls St Gallery in Auckland. More recently his work Hold was included in Liveworks at Performance Space (2010) and he represented New Zealand in the 2011 Prague Quadrennial. Cross’s writing has been published in numerous journals and magazines including Art and Text, World Art, the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Art, Photofile and Column.