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Biography: David Nasca

David Nasca
David Nasca

David Nasca makes sculptures that draw upon themes of reimagined biology, queer futurism, and personal fantasy. Animal biology informs his work, and he uses deep-sea organisms, fishing lures, and invertebrate reproductive strategies as a metaphor for queer sexuality and attraction. Material exploration is central to his work and he uses everything from leather and feathers, to ceramics and cast plastics. Through his art, he strives to create a world populated by human/object hybrids, futuristic organisms, and post-op gender unassigned beings with bespoke genitalia.

David Nasca studied at Deep Springs College and earned a BA in Studio Art from the University of Chicago in 2012. He has exhibited in the US and abroad at the Centro Cultural del México Contemporáneo (Mexico City), The International Museum of Surgical Science (Chicago), and Sullivan Galleries (Chicago) among others. He teaches sculpture at the Chicago High School for the Arts and has also co-runs two DIY spaces, 1618 West 17th (focusing on queer performance art) and Showboat (focusing on projected video work).

David was awarded a David Whitehouse Research Residency for Artists from May 31-June 19th, 2021, and investigated the Blaschka models of glass sea creatures through The Rakow Research Library and the Museum’s collection.