Experience King David’s expanded oeuvre at American Monarchy, a solo outing opening July 29 and running through August 28 at Parasol Projects’s 2 Rivington Street gallery in New York City, just around the corner from the New Museum. Made up of works created in the wake of 2020’s pandemic and social upheaval, American Monarchy is an exhibition that intends to draw parallels into conversation: abstraction and figuration, chaos and order, accessibility and industry, beauty and ugliness; all compressed into close quarters to metaphorically mirror the compression of our modern world.
The works on display, from “Guilt” to “Policeman (after Kerry James Marshall)” to the custom Nike-inspired “Air Max Brevemente,” represent different meditations on our monarchy-disguised-as-democracy. Across various forms of visual media, David hopes to challenge the forces battling for control of our minds and hearts as we emerge into a post-pandemic (?) world, one in which product and fame are more influential than ever before, where revolt can be wielded by anyone deft enough to flex their Twitter-fingers. In a time of globalized and incentivized division, this presentation seeks to contemplate the constructs that keep us united — and apart — in the wake of our shifting empire.
King David is a fine artist born and based in Brooklyn, with Caribbean roots by way of Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago. His work is informed by his lush ancestry, the textured urban grit of NYC, and the impressionistic radiance of the South of France, where he studied painting and drawing.
For more information about King David’s work and American Monarchy, visit kingdavidart.com.
100% of proceeds from the first 5 limited edition “Air Max Brevementes” will benefit the UCLA Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation. Donations can be made at justgiving.com.