Bio

Born Buffalo, NY, 1990

Lives and works in Pilsen, Chicago, IL

Education

BA with honors in Visual Arts, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, 2012

Deep Springs College, Deep Springs, CA, 2008-2010

Group Shows

2016 Homoccult 2.0, Centro Cultural del México Contemporáneo and ArtSpace México, Mexico City, Mexico

2016 Angel Egg, naomi FINEARTS, Chicago, IL

2015 Cuerpos Consumidos, Centro Cultural del México Contemporáneo, Mexico City, Mexico

2015 Aesthetic Disorder, Archer Beach House, Chicago, IL

2014 Walk All Over Me, Pinky Swear, Chicago, IL

2014 Art Jocks, Church of Templehead, Chicago, IL

2014 P o r n A g a i n, Bijou Theatre, Chicago, IL

2013 PR3MIUM ÖPT!ONZ, Mana Contemporary. Chicago, IL

2012 The Great Refusal: Taking on New Queer Aesthetics, Sullivan Galleries at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

2012 something to press up against, BA thesis exhibition, Logan Center Gallery at the University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

2012 Den, Studio 411, Provincetown, MA

2011 Origins, South Side Hub of Production, Chicago, IL

Curatorial Projects

2016-17 Co-curator/director at Showboat Gallery, Chicago, IL

2016 PiNKEYE, in conjunction with naomi FINEARTS, Chicago, IL

2015 Currency Exxxchange, in conjunction with S+S Project, Chicago, IL

Grants and Awards

Student Fine Arts Fund grant recipient, 2011

Festival of the Arts at the University of Chicago grant recipient, 2012

Louis Sudler Prize in the Performing and Creative Arts recipient, 2012

Press and Reviews

Hyper Allergic

New City

Time Out Chicago

Chicago Maroon

Statement

I make “softcore porn”– softcore because I work primarily in soft sculpture, and porn because my work frequently involves fantasy, sexuality, and queer forms of bonding. My sculptures are often distortions or elaborations on recognizable objects, and often objects with a specific use. Manipulating these objects asks the viewer to imagine what use or desire they might have for such an object, or to imagine the sort of person that might find utility in, or desire for, such an object. Other sculptures are hypothetical, often imagined models of non-binary biology. Both of these strategies allow me to engage with dialogs around personal fantasy and the project of imagining a queer future.

I work as a bricoleur, constantly experimenting with materials and teaching myself new techniques. The materials I choose to work with are chosen not only for their visual appearances, but their cultural valences as well. I foil my materials, playing the organic off the synthetic, and the industrial off the crafted. I frequently return to leather, a material with a long association with specific, often hyper-masculine, subcultures and objects. My methods, however, involve subverting the established traditions of leather culture and craft and are more akin to the feminine vocabulary of fiber arts. I enjoy creating in this disjuncture, and through working in this lacuna, I strive to create a world populated by human/object hybrids and post-op gender unassigneds with bespoke genitalia.

Contact

Studio visits in Pilsen, Chicago by appointment

david.nasca.art@gmail.com