Daniel Gordon’s photo-collages at Daegu Photo Biennale
Nowadays all you need is a 3D printer to make objects for your home. And what if we could bring to life any image found on the web? It’s a well-known fact that before technology it’s the artist’s eye that projects us into the future, even in its most ambiguous forms.
Brooklyn photographer Daniel Gordon, a graduate of Yale class 2006, brings to life collages of images found on the internet through three-dimensional paper tableaus. He calls his work "a physical manifestation of the web", with an emphasis on imperfections.
Take the Dada collages of the pioneers of 1900s photomontage like Hannah Hoch and Raoul Hausmann. Imagine seeing them tangled up with each other in a rustle of photos, patched together like a mannequin of crumpled paper.
They’re Frankensteins from the web: cut-outs collected from the net and glued together with intentional approximation on 3D models. Their imperfection always well in view.
They bundle up, glossy or ripped, on fictitious human silhouettes, or they improvise the outline of fruit and flowers in disjointed cardboard, alluding to the world of still life. Well, the impression is that the author wants us to reflect on the real depth of meaning in what we see.
Gordon is more than forty collectives and six solo shows deep from 2001 to 2011. You can find him at Daegu Photo Biennale, in South Korea until October 28th. His next retrospective is expected in 2013 at M+B Gallery in Los Angeles, California.
Photos via danielgordonstudio.com