I knew I liked David McCauley immediately when we met on South Beach a couple of years ago; he has a welcoming and easy going aura about him. It wouldn’t be until much later, after attending an event at his Laundromat Art Space, that I learned about the innovation and detail he puts into his work. David is a multi-disciplinary artist who thinks outside the box; he can turn any found object into a work of art. I admire his ability to transform these used and discarded artifacts, whether it be words, skateboards or steel. By redefining the objects, he creates an awakening of the hidden beauty and adds a depth of meaning.
McCauley is founder of the non-profit organization Rise Up Gallery which for the last four years has been hosting artist workshops at Jackson Memorial hospital. Through volunteers and grants the workshops inspire, encourage, and assist individuals with recent injuries such as spinal chord injury, or traumatic brain injury to explore their artistic side. Originally based in Wynwood, David relocated the organization to Little Haiti and and joined forces with 8 other artists to form the collective Laundromat Art Space. Recently Rise Up began broadening their reach and are facilitating workshops at the Center for Independent Living. I encourage you to check out the Laundromat to learn more about the mission, perhaps you would like to get involved.