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Daniel Gordon

Thirty-One Days

Opening: Saturday, July 17, 5–7pm

July 17 – August 28, 2010

A photograph of 2 images on the far wall, 2 windows at right
A photograph of 2 images hung alongside one another
An image of 4 images on 2 walls, separated by 2 windows
A photograph of the wall of the gallery with 3 windows and 2 images upon it
A photograph of 5 images on 2 walls with 2 windows.
A photograph of 5 images across 2 walls with a window in-between
A photograph of 5 artworks on 2 walls, with an air conditioner separating them. Through a doorway at right, there are 2 other images
A photograph of 4 images on the back wall. Looking down a hallway, there are 2 images visible, and then another facing the viewer on the left wall
A photograph of 6 images across 2 walls
A photograph of the gallery with 2 images in the background on a wall, one work visible through a doorway, and one work visible at right on a wall
A photograph of 2 images, perpendicular, on white walls
A wide photograph of the gallery with 4 works on walls in the main room, 2 images on the hallway at right, and 2 works visible through a doorway at left
A photograph of 2 images in the main room, perpendicular, and a view through on doorway that reveals 3 other works.
A photograph of 3 images hung on a white wall
A photograph of 2 images in a hallway, and 2 images at the far end in a second room
A photograph of 2 artworks in the hallway of the gallery
A photograph of 4 works installed idiosyncratically in a small room
A photograph of 4 images hung on the wall in a small room, with an open door
A photograph of the gallery looking down a hallway. There is an image at right
A photograph of a small room with 8 images in a single row. There is a ceiling fan
A photograph of 4 images installed in a straight line, around a corner
A photograph of 3 images on 2 walls, separated by a door to the outside world
A photograph of 5 images on 2 walls in a single row
A photograph of 4 images around a corner in a single row
A photograph of 5 images around a corner, installed on a white wall in a single row

Press Release

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 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.

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