onestar paris is pleased to announce Lemons, an exhibition by American artist Daniel Gordon (b. 1980). This will be his third project with onestar.
In this immersive installation, the artist presents six new works within a site specific mural. In keeping with his familiar framework of Still Life’s and portraiture, Gordon operates at the intersection of analogue and digital imaging technologies, shifting smoothly between techniques common to the traditional darkroom and those made available through the use of graphics editing programs such as Photoshop. In his pictures, the art historical genre of the still life and the portrait are the departure point for formal exercises that link handmade and computer-based processes and materials—mapping out a hybridized terrain for photographic practice today.
Printing the images on paper before cutting them out, the artist assembles a three-dimensional tableau in the studio that he then photographs with an 8x10 large format camera. In this way, Gordon transfers his chosen materials from the online to the corporeal, and from the 2D to the 3D and back again. The resulting pictures recall the still life’s of Cézanne or Matisse as well as German Dadaist collage, inhabiting an ambiguous pictorial space and oscillating between flatness and depth.
Within the site specific wall mural, the artist’s familiar fruits and vases appear again, though their heightened abstraction now brings color and shape more closely to the fore. Produced via a kind of digital excavation, these compositions are the remainder of a repeated process of peeling away transparent layers in Photoshop. Gordon’s use of simpler form and solid planes of color in these murals turns process perceptible, drawing out the expressive and mark-making capacities of the digital.
Daniel Gordon holds a BA from Bard College and an MFA from Yale School of Art. Recent solo exhibitions include: Blue Room, James Fuentes, New York (2018), Selective Color, M+B, Los Angeles (2017), New Canvas, James Fuentes, New York (2017), Hand, Select & Invert Layer, Bolte Lang, Zürich (2016), Switzerland; Shadows, onestar press , Paris (2015), Patterns, Pears, Foam Museum, Amsterdam, NL (2014); and Screen Selections and Still Lifes, Wallspace, New York, NY (2014). He has participated in several museum group exhibitions, including Cut! Paper Play in Contemporary Photography, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA (2018), Secondhand, Pier 24, San Francisco, CA (2016) Greater New York, MoMA P.S. 1, Queens, NY (2010) New Photography Series, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY (2009).
Gordon’s work has also been highlighted in several international publications including: The New York Times, The New Yorker, Art Review, Frieze, Architectural Digest, New York Magazine, W Magazine, Art in America, Modern Painters, PHOTONEWS, Dazed & Confused, Art in America, and Flash Art. His work resides in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, The Guggenheim, New York, Pier 24, San Francisco, Foam Museum, Amsterdam, and the VandenBroek Foundation, Lisse, NL.
He is the co-director of Downstairs Projects in Brooklyn where lives and works.