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Daniel Gordon Gets Physical

September 27, 2013

What if the Internet had a body? In his DUMBO studio, artist Daniel Gordon photographs paper collages constructed from found images downloaded from the Web. “I like to think about what I’m doing as an optimistic version of appropriation,” says Gordon, who wonders if he can transport digital images into real life by giving them a physical form. The artist’s paper tableaus, rich in vibrant colors and vivid patterns, are transformed in the process of making a picture with large format cameras.

“It’s a fiction and a truth at the same time,” says Gordon, whose early Flying Pictures series (2001–2004) created whimsical illusions of the artist in mid-flight. The film reveals the behind-the-scenes process of two of Gordon’s recent works—a silhouette of Ruby Sky Stiler (the artist’s wife) and the still life Blue Watermelon and Shell (2013)—from photographing in the studio to the final printing process with Anthony Accardi at Green Rhino in Williamsburg.

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Art21 New York Close Up Created & Produced by: Wesley Miller & Nick Ravich. Producer & Editor: Rafael Salazar & Ava Wiland. Cinematography: Rafael Salazar & Ava Wiland. Sound: Wesley Miller & Ava Wiland. Associate Producer: Ian Forster. Design & Graphics: Open. Artwork: Daniel Gordon. Music: 4 Elements Music, Thor Jonsson, David D. Mann & Darko Saric. Thanks: Anthony Accardi, Green Rhino, Ruby Sky Stiler, Henry Terepka & Wallspace. An Art21 Workshop Production. © Art21, Inc. 2013. All rights reserved.

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Daniel Gordon

Daniel Gordon was born in 1980 in Boston, Massachusetts, was raised in San Francisco, California, and lives and works in New York. Gordon creates works that dissolve distinctions between collage, photography, and sculpture. His practice involves culling images from the Internet, digitally altering them, and using them to construct tableaus, which he then photographs. His ability to integrate digital and analog images creates a joyful disorientation in which fiction and truth are indistinguishable from each other.

“As I’ve continued to make pictures, I’ve been allowing things to be more beautiful. Allowing those relationships between physical things within a photograph to kind of make meaning.”

Daniel Gordon