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About Dave

Baltimore City

Dave Eassa (b. 1991) is an artist and activist living and working in Baltimore, MD. Recent solo exhibitions include "You Can't Just Draw A Line In The Sand" at School 33 in Baltimore, MD. and “The Road to Rio” at Little Berlin in Philadelphia, PA. He has shown nationally and internationally in exhibitions most notably at Signal (Brooklyn, NY), LVL3 (Chicago, IL), Sophiajacob (Baltimore, MD.), Artisphere (Roslyn, VA.), Marianne Boesky Gallery (New York, NY.), artSTRAND (Provincetown, MA), Reh Kunst... more

My Mother Always Told Me I'd Grow Up To Be A Lawyer

What do you do?

What’s your five year plan? Ten year? Retirement?

Maybe if you are lucky you will end up a rich man with a beautiful wife.

This installation imagines and builds a high profile lawyer's from the artist's stereotyped and preconceived ideas. The installation questions societal constructs and pressures surrounding Ivy League Culture, family dynasty,privilege, 9 to 5 job security, monetary and material milestones, self critique, and teenage and childhood nostalgia amongst others.

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The Road To Rio

The weekend warrior, rad dad, coach, or the weirdo down the street, everyone has one, everyone grew up around one. They exude passion, tenacity, excitement, some may even say they found the fountain of youth, not letting themselves be confined by the trials and tribulations of middle age and societal constructs. Regular things like the 9 to 5 lifestyle, parenting, office culture, or money issues that have the ability to turn most adults into shells of their former selves are taken in stride while they continue on. In the “Road to Rio”, Eassa creates a character that exists within a no frills olympic training facility through painted sculpture. It tells the story of Dad following what is considered to be the most elite sporting event in the world in his own way. In solidarity, the Dad has built his own renditions of traditional Olympic disciplines like the pole vault, track and field, shot putt, archery, and gymnastics in a way that utilized the materials from his immediate environment, suburbia. Utilizing empty Heineken mini kegs from the block parties as a shot putt, old plywood for his archery target, and over time as he fathered 5 children, he stole enough plastic balls from the McDonald’s playplace to fill a landing pit for the pole vault. The “Road to Rio” allows the Dad to train with the elite while praising and questioning the idea of mediocrity, individuality, the working class, patriarchy, elitism, amongst others. Eassa’s work consistently questions the societal constructs surrounding himself and others, exploring how he exists within these constructs, known or unknown, on his own terms.

  • The Road to Rio

    Solo exhibition with Platform Gallery at Little Berlin in Philadelphia, PA. March 2016. Pink Panther insulation foam, wood, sand, vinyl, spray paint, acrylic, and oil paint. Dimensions variable.
  • The Road to Rio

    Solo exhibition with Platform Gallery at Little Berlin in Philadelphia, PA. March 2016. Pink Panther insulation foam, wood, sand, vinyl, spray paint, acrylic, and oil paint. Dimensions variable.
  • The Road to Rio

    Solo exhibition with Platform Gallery at Little Berlin in Philadelphia, PA. March 2016. Pink Panther insulation foam, wood, sand, vinyl, spray paint, acrylic, and oil paint. Dimensions variable.
  • The Road to Rio

    Solo exhibition with Platform Gallery at Little Berlin in Philadelphia, PA. March 2016. Pink Panther insulation foam, wood, sand, vinyl, spray paint, acrylic, and oil paint. Dimensions variable.
  • The Road to Rio

    Solo exhibition with Platform Gallery at Little Berlin in Philadelphia, PA. March 2016. Pink Panther insulation foam, wood, sand, vinyl, spray paint, acrylic, and oil paint. Dimensions variable.
  • The Road to Rio

    Solo exhibition with Platform Gallery at Little Berlin in Philadelphia, PA. March 2016. Pink Panther insulation foam, wood, sand, vinyl, spray paint, acrylic, and oil paint. Dimensions variable.
  • The Road to Rio

    Solo exhibition with Platform Gallery at Little Berlin in Philadelphia, PA. March 2016. Pink Panther insulation foam, wood, sand, vinyl, spray paint, acrylic, and oil paint. Dimensions variable.
  • The Road to Rio

    Solo exhibition with Platform Gallery at Little Berlin in Philadelphia, PA. March 2016. Pink Panther insulation foam, wood, sand, vinyl, spray paint, acrylic, and oil paint. Dimensions variable.
  • The Road to Rio

    Solo exhibition with Platform Gallery at Little Berlin in Philadelphia, PA. March 2016. Pink Panther insulation foam, wood, sand, vinyl, spray paint, acrylic, and oil paint. Dimensions variable.

Paintings

Recent Paintings 2016-2017

Some people love the beach, but hate the ocean. You gotta do it how you do it.

A large scale installation as part of the solo exhibition "You Can't Just Draw A Line In The Sand" at School 33 Art Center in Baltimore, MD.

Balancing Act

A permanent public sculpture as part of a fellowship with the Coldstream Homestead Montebello Sculpture Park, on view in Baltimore, MD.

  • Balancing Act

    Pink Panther Insulation foam, fiberglass, resin, acrylic paint. 104" x 60" x 60". 2017.
  • Balancing Act

    Pink Panther Insulation foam, fiberglass, resin, acrylic paint. 104" x 60" x 60". 2017.
  • Balancing Act

    Pink Panther Insulation foam, fiberglass, resin, acrylic paint. 104" x 60" x 60". 2017.
  • Balancing Act

    Pink Panther Insulation foam, fiberglass, resin, acrylic paint. 104" x 60" x 60". 2017.
  • Balancing Act

    Pink Panther Insulation foam, fiberglass, resin, acrylic paint. 104" x 60" x 60". 2017.
  • Balancing Act

    Pink Panther Insulation foam, fiberglass, resin, acrylic paint. 104" x 60" x 60". 2017.
  • Balancing Act

    Pink Panther Insulation foam, fiberglass, resin, acrylic paint. 104" x 60" x 60". 2017.

The Weight of the World

The Weight of the World is comprised of two totemic like outdoor sculptures that are comprised of stacked objects and figures. The Weight of the World was initially exhibited on Governor's Island in New York City as a part of Governor's Island Art Fair in 2017. The Weight of the World is now permanently installed in the Harwood Community Garden on Greenmount Avenue in Baltimore, MD.

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Dave's Curated Collection

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