DANIEL CANOGAR “Plexus“, 2016, Liquid crystal display, metal structure, computer / Dimensions:66 x 37.8 x 2.3 in / 167.6 x 96 x 5.8 cm / Edition of 5
Plexus questions the hand of the artist as the origin of an artwork ni the digital era. The clusters of hands seen in the artwork -those of the artist- depict fingers weaving in the air to form undulating curtain-like formations. The rhythms of the hands resemble the choreaography of Busby Berkeley and Esther Williams´ films from the 1930s, as well as the use of humans as mass ornament in the Third Reich´s Nuremberg parades. Hands, so present through the history of art since the first cave paintings, here succumb to multiple synchronized rhythms, evoking the mass production of the global market.
An important influence in the genesis of the artwork where Muybridge and Marey’s photographic human motion studies from the late 19th Century, as well as the optical effects of the 18th Century zoetrope that created movement on static images. In these pre-cinematic inventions human beings were incorporating themselves into the mechanical rhythms of the moment, of which photography and film were a product. In the present we are synchronizing ourselves to the new rigors of a digital culture. Plexus helps me reflect on how I want to incorporate, or resist, the unstoppable digital rhythms of today. It also helps me to find my own trace in the Electronic Age.
Daniel Canogar (Madrid, 1964) received an M.A. from NYU and the International Center for Photography in 1990. His work as a visual artist focuses on photograpy, video, and installation art.
Daniel Canogar has created numerous public art pieces, including Waves, a permanent sculptural LED screen for the atrium of 2 Houston Center, Houston; Travesías, a sculptural LED screen commissioned for the atrium of the European Union Council in Brussels during the Spanish Presidency of the European Union in 2010; Constelaciones, the largest photo-mosaic in Europe created for two pedestrian bridges over the Manzanares River, in MRío Park, Madrid; Helix, a permanent LED sculptural screen made for Quantum of the Seas, a Royal Caribbean cruise ship andClandestinos, a video-projection presented on various emblematic monuments including the Arcos de Lapa in Rio de Janeiro, the Puerta de Alcalá in Madrid and the church of San Pietro in Montorio in Rome.
Canogar’s recent work includes Storming Times Square, screened on 47 of the LED billboards in Times Square, New York; “Small Data”, a solo exhibition at bitforms, New York, and Max Estrella Gallery in Madrid; “Quadratura”, a solo exhibition at Espacio Fundación Telefónica in Lima; “Vórtices”, an exhibition exploring issues of water and sustainability at the Fundación Canal Isabel II in Madrid;Synaptic Passage, an installation commissioned for the exhibition “Brain: The Inside Story” at the American Museum of Natural History in New York and two installations at the Sundance Film Festival 2011 in Park City, Utah.
He has exhibited in the Reina Sofia Contemporary Art Museum, Madrid; the Palacio Velázquez, Madrid; Max Estrella Gallery, Madrid; bitforms Gallery, New York; Filomena Soares Gallery, Lisbon; Guy Bärtschi Gallery, Geneva; Mimmo Scognamiglio Artecontemporanea, Milano; the Santa Mónica Art Center, Barcelona; the Alejandro Otero Museum, Caracas; the Wexner Center for the Arts, Ohio; the Offenes Kulturhaus Center for Contemporary Art, Linz; the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein Westfallen, Düsseldorf; Hamburger Banhof Museum, Berlin; Borusan Contemporary Museum, Istanbul; the American Museum of Natural History, New York; the Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh and the Mattress Factory Museum, Pittsburgh.
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