' David McQueen - Kim Foster Gallery
David McQueen
A Once Imagined Ocean
September 11 - October 11, 2014

Press Release


We are pleased to announce David McQueen’s first solo exhibition at the Kim Foster Gallery. McQueen’s work uses nautical imagery and hand fabricated maritime objects to explore the emotional currents that underlie our physical world. The wood and brass objects that he has painstakingly re-created for this exhibition, though formally familiar, serve far less familiar functions. They search and want and need and surge. They are an ocean themselves, but not the one we know. More rightly, they are “a once imagined ocean.”

The sea has long stood as a symbol for all things greater than us. Its vastness inspires both ambition and humility. Almost in defiance of the centuries of study, navigation and exploration, its actual mysteries not only remain, but also deepen, while its allegorical life continues to thrive.

“(A) once imagined ocean” draws from that enigmatic space between science and romance. Many of the objects, though traditional in their construction, have abandoned their classical forms to declare new identities with stranger purposes. It is here that lighthouses become lovers; wooden boats stretch and swarm like schools of fish, and nautical instruments become pathways to our emotional selves.

David McQueen’s reliefs are simulacra of a wood floor. But they are ‘Un-settled’. The floor, it seems, is reshaping itself into something else, a graceful rejection of its flatness. Some mistake has occurred. This wood was intended to be a boat. It knew, and that determination was stronger than nails and glue.

David McQueen is a sculptor/installation artist living and working in Brooklyn, New York. He is the recipient of a 2013 Emerging Art Fellow Socrates Sculpture Park and a 2011 NYFA Fellow in sculpture. He received his MFA at Virginia Commonwealth University in sculpture. His work has been shown at Wave Hill, the AIM Program at the Bronx Museum of Art, The Gershman Y in Philadelphia, the DUMBO Art Center, the Delaware Center of Contemporary Art and Socrates Sculpture Park.


Past Exhibitions



Emerging Arts Fellow, Socrates Sculpture Park, NY 2013

Provincia di Firenze Residency Fellowship. La Macina di San Cresci. Greve, Italy

NYFA Artist Fellowship. Crafts/Sculpture  2011

Sculpture Space Residency. Utica, NY

AIM 24: Artists in the Marketplace Program. Bronx Museum. NYC  2004



2014 a once imagined ocean, Kim Foster Gallery, NY (solo show)

2014 Between Lagan and Derelict, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA (solo show)

2013-2014 Emerging Arts Fellow exhibition at Socrates Sculpture Park, NY

2013 Drifting in your ocean…trying to find my way, Wayfarers, Brooklyn, NY (solo show)

2013 (Not) Water, Kim Foster Gallery, New York, NY

2012  High low Density. Rowan University Art Gallery, Glassboro, NJ

2011  The (un)COMFORT(able) ZONE. The College of New Rochelle’s Castle Gallery, NY

2010  Ten Years Hunting (The Trophy Room). Parker’s Box. Brooklyn NY

2008 In Residence: Recent Projects from Sculpture Space. Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts. NY

My Little Membrane. Nurture Art. Brooklyn NY

2007  The Troubled Waters of Permeability. Parker’s Box. Brooklyn, NY

2006  Cloudbursts. Solo exhibition, Cinders Gallery. Brooklyn

NY Sculpture Central International. Utica College

NY Smaller rumblings for darker times. Solo exhibition. Plane Space, New York, NY (solo show)

The Delaware Center for Contemporary Art. Wilmington, DE

Best of the Lab. Yellow Bird Gallery. Newburg, NY

2005  The Porch Show. Cinders Gallery. Brooklyn, NY

Micro-Universe.The Lab Gallery. New York , NY

Between Interconnectedness. Smack Mellon Gallery. Brooklyn, NY

2004 Happy Art for a Sad World. Spike Gallery. New York, NY

The Big Nothing. The Galleries at the Gershman Y. Philadelphia, PA

AIM 24. The Bronx Museum of Art. New York

Compound Interest. Collaborative Concepts. Beacon, NY

Home. DUMBO Arts Center. Brooklyn, NY. & University of New England. Portland, ME

2003  More Fresh Meat. Kim Foster Gallery. New York, NY

2002  Frabrique te Amour. Performance with Cloud Seeding Circus The Kitchen. (NYC)

2000  Cloud Seeding: Circus of the Performative Object. Premier Tour. August-September 2000

“What did I do to deserve you?: Machine Sculpture” Solo. Media Image Gallery. Gainsville



Virginia Commonwealth University. 2001-2003. MFA: Sculpture

University of Florida. 1998-2000. BFA: Sculpture

Oberlin College. 1993-1997. BA: Third World Studies/Studio Art



“Sculpture Space: Celebrating 30 years.” Margaret Mathews-Berenson. Sculpture Magazine. 1/07

“Trio of Environmental visions” Victoia Donohoe. The Philadelhia Inquirer. 6/2/06

“The Porch Show. Add the Fire Flies and it’s a Summer Idyll” Holland Cotter. NY Times. 7/13/05

“Between Interconnectedness” Julia Morton. NYPress. Vol 18. No 1. 1/5/05

“Before the Flood: David McQueen’s Pursuit of Reason.” Adam Welch. wburg Vol 4. No.3 Fall 2004.

“AIM 24-Artists in the Market Place” (review) Julia Herzberg. ArtNexus 54: 3. 10/04.

“A Chance to Fill Up on Visual Treats.” Benjamin Genocchio. NY Times (Westchester). 4/25/04

“Home at the DUMBO Arts Center.” Ben La Rocco. The Brooklyn Rail. April, 2004

“Students, Teachers and Mentors.” D. Dominick Lombardi. NY Times (Westchester). 4/28/04

“Sampling Brooklyn, Keeper of Eclectic Flames.” Holland Cotter. NY Times. 01/23/04 “Recommended Show: More