Callicoon Fine Arts is please to present Thirty-One Days, an exhibition of photographs by Daniel Gordon. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, July 17th, from 5 to 7pm. Gordon's exhibition will be accompanied by a special publication available at www.thirty-one-days.com. The gallery is located at 27 Lower Main Street, Upstairs, in Callicoon, NY.
Daniel Gordon starts each artwork by mining the internet's limitless repository of images. He then selects and prints the images, and uses them to construct complex sculptural tableaus for the purpose of photographing them. The tableaus are destroyed or re-combined with newly found images. Gordon's accumulation of constructions and the shifting mass of cut paper becomes much like the Internet itself, a veritable laboratory of imagistic excess that absorbs further additions and re-combinations.
Excess and absorption define Gordon's artistic process, his visual style, and summarize the underlying theoretical qualities of his work. Some of the artworks revel in the monstrous, Frankensteinian grotesque, where, as in Shelley's novel, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts and the creature-as-artwork reveals much more than its maker could have ever intended.
For the exhibition in Callicoon, Gordon pushes his process to the limit by setting himself the task of producing an image per day during the month of July 2009. Titled Thirty-One Days, the complete series will be exhibited here for the first time. Each work is titled after the day during which it was made, starting with July 1, 2009, and ending with July 31, 2009.
The processes of making and becoming, and of moving from online to print is further elaborated by an special publication that will accompany the exhibition and is also titled Thirty-One Days. The publication lives online but will allow any visitor to print out and assemble their own copy of the full project.
Daniel Gordon (b. 1980) received an MFA from Yale. His work was included in New Photography at the Museum of Modern Art in 2009, as well as exhibitions at the CCS Museum at Bard College and Gallery 400 at the University of Illinois. He has had solo exhibitions at Zach Feuer Gallery and Leo Koenig Projekte, NY, and Claudia Groeflin Gallery, Zurich. Gordon is the author of Portrait Studio (onestar press, 2009) and Flying Pictures (powerHouse Books, 2009). He lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.