David D'Agostino


A simple walk in the wilderness both enthralls and terrorizes me. Suddenly, a storm blinds the eyes or crossing iced rivers propels an irreversible slip of bone and muscle. Nature is pain and loneliness. It’s over idealized, violent and always in motion—pivoting chaos and overwhelming detail which we rarely chose to grasp.


By toning down color I have accepted the rupture: eerie, barren, stressed, shadowed, otherworldly places. It is more about being captivated by collapse. A dusky place where ice and stone and swamp and gravity decapitate our flimsy identities. A place where you can die of thirst or fecundity. And meet your own wandering enlivened soul inside a beautiful womb devoid of human matter.


There are hefty doses of crushing physical side effects as well.


D'Agostino works with a variety of intermedia, including installation, video, performance, painting, and photography. Often applying the principles of Fluxus, he explores the liminal space that exists between the creation of one object or idea and its subsequent re-imagining. He has exhibited at the Akhnaton Gallery (Cairo, Egypt), Atlanta Contemporary Art Center (Atlanta), XXL Gallery (Sofia, Bulgaria), Townhouse Gallery (Cairo), MCAD/Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, City Gallery (Bucharest, Romania), Center de Design l'UQAM (Montreal), Redline (Denver), Skopje Cultural Center (Skopje, Macadonia), Krause Gallery (Atlanta); Art Aqua (Miami), Black Sea Archeological Museum (Varna), Hause E (Ludwigshafen, Germany), MOXY (New Orleans), Galeria Debla (Granada, Spain), Greg Moon Gallery (Taos, New Mexico), Poem 88 Gallery (Atlanta), and EDGE Gallery (Denver), among others.