For 15 years, David D’Agostino pursued a nomadic path crossing North Africa and Southeastern Europe, including treks deep iin the Sahara. He returned to New Mexico two years ago and maintains a studio in Albuquerque, where he is committed to creating a dialog among Albuquerque artists and non-artists from disparate backgrounds who share (or perhaps don’t share) his same values and interests for ecologically engaged art and performance.
D’Agostino has a colorful exhibition career that includes being invited into the politically-inspired Bulgarian collective ‘XXL' and the first American to have a studio and representation with Townhouse Gallery in Cairo--a prominent contemporary art space in North Africa. He has maintained strong relations with the local art scenes in Sofia, Bucharest, and Cairo, and has organized local exhibits in the US, including ‘Bloodlines’ at the MCA Denver which featured a number of leading Bulgarian and Russian artists. In 2014, he was a founding member of the Ejection Seat Collective whose members performed ‘Broken Cowboy’ at Redline in Denver. In 2015, David and collaborating artist Noah Phillips, created a multimedia installation and performance ‘Parental Fatigue’ for the Biennale of the Americas hosted by Performance Art Now. In 2017, he will be constructing an inter-media installation at the Saad Zaghloul Contemporary Art Center in Cairo.
His work is primarily influenced by ecological crisis as it relates to habitat loss and drought, and the subsequent impact on species extinction and human migration. Technically, his painting manifests the artistic philosophy of the Qing Dynasty painter Shi-Tao, who emphasized subjective perspective and the use of shifting negative space. D’Agostino’s installations are built using basic carpentry skills similar to 19th century American village manufacturing. The installations embrace the early childhood educational ideals of Friedrich Froebel, the 19th c. German philosopher who invented ‘kindergarten’--but with an adult twist.
David maintains a parallel creative path between painting (which he sells commercially) and installations (which he most often exhibits in public venues and museums). For community outreach, David teaches and volunteers through Catholic Charities mentoring local refugee youth from Afghanistan and Iraq. He is an officer of the Albuquerque Zen Center.
Lane Myer Projects, Denver