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

Press Release

We are pleased to announce McQueen’s first solo exhibition at the Kim Foster Gallery. David McQueen is an artist who uses nautical imagery and hands 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 art gallery 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 one of the well-known New York artists. He 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.


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Past Exhibitions


Select Exhibitions        

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