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 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 in 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.
2014 a once imagined ocean, Kim Foster Gallery, New York, NY
Between Lagan and Derelict, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA.
2013 Not Water, Kim Foster Gallery, New York, NY
Drifting in your ocean…trying to find my way, Wayfarers, Brooklyn
Emerging Artist Fellowship 13. Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island
2012 High low Density. Rowan University Art Gallery, Glassboro, NJ
2011 The (un)COMFORT(able) ZONE. Castle Gallery, NY
2010 Ten Years Hunting (The Trophy Room). Parker’s Box.
2008 In Residence: Projects from Sculpture Space. EFA NY
My Little Membrane. Nurture Art. Brooklyn NY
2007 The Troubled Waters of Permeability. Parker’s Box. Brooklyn, NY
2006 Cloudbursts. Cinders Gallery. Brooklyn
NY Sculpture Central International. Utica College
NY Smaller rumblings for darker times. Plane Space, New York, NY
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
Awards & Residencies
Emerging Art Fellow, Socrates Sculpture Park, NY 2013.
Provincia di Firenze Residency Fellowship. La Macina di San Cresci. Greve, Italy
New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Artist Fellowship. Crafts/Sculpture 2011
Sculpture Space Residency. Utica, NY.
AIM 24: Artists in the Marketplace Program. Bronx Museum. NYC 2004