Monday, June 27, 2005

Artist of the Week 06/27/05

Years ago, I convinced Dan Zeller to title the drawing I bought from him "Ode to Ed's Leg" (I have an impressively large scar running just above my right knee that most folks believe is the result of a shark attack if I tell them, which, in more mischievous moments, I do sometimes). The connection between Dan's incredible drawings and the accident that scarred my leg escapes me now, but I suspect it's the organic nature of what open limbs look like (which I recall all too well) and the shapes and textures he achieves in his mindbogglingly detailed ink on paper works. Consider this one:


Daniel Zeller, Squamotemporal Relinquishment, 2003, ink on paper,13.5" x 11"

You need to see them in person to appreciate the sheer volume of gestures each drawing represents, but this will give you a sense of the time and effort required to produce them. Dan is represented by Brooklyn's pre-eminent gallery, Pierogi, and Daniel Weinberg gallery in Los Angeles (which I can't find a website for), and g-module in Paris. The Pierogi website describes the work this way:


The visual language of these drawings is borrowed from many places, among them satellite images, electron micro graphs, topographical maps, anatomical and schematic diagrams—representations which might be generally categorized as two dimensional translations of the three dimensional world. There is no direct reference to anything in particular, it is more as if all of these sources are thrown together in a pot. In a sense the drawings become an act of digestion and regurgitation; reconfiguration driven by information overload. On a more practical level, the process is dynamic and very direct. It is a fluid series of spontaneous choices governed by self-imposed rules and conditions. The main rule is to always respect what has already been put on the page, as if every line is sovereign territory, not to be crossed or obscured.
Here's another image:

Daniel Zeller, Congestive Contamination, 2004, ink on paper, 12" x 9"

Dan has three (possibly four?) drawings in the Greater New York exhibition at PS1-MoMA (who should really put something about each artist on their website or not make the names in the list links, I mean, really...). Dan's work ranges from letter-sized paper to the rather large ink on gesso on board, like this piece that was in an exhibition at Smack Mellon:


Daniel Zeller, Conduit Merger, 2003, ink, gesso on canvas on board, 65" x 48" x 3 1/4"

In truth, none of these images do the work justice. I've scoured the web for close-ups, but this was the best I could find. Here's one more for the road, but really, go see the work in person. It's breathtaking:


Daniel Zeller, Elemental Inversion, 2003, Ink on paper, 14" x 9"

5 Comments:

Anonymous crionna said...

Interesting stuff. Some of it looks like disease, others look like precious metal deposits in ore and still others like aerial maps.

I'd be interested to see which piece he placed in the Altoids collection. It's in MN this year...

David Brody at Pierogi is pretty cool looking too.

6/28/2005 11:18:00 AM  
Blogger Edward_ said...

I'd be interested to see which piece he placed in the Altoids collection. It's in MN this year...

I wish they'd put that thing online.

David Brody at Pierogi is pretty cool looking too.

I own an early piece by David, been following him for years. His current work at Pierogi is beautiful, but I think that show is overhung.

6/28/2005 12:10:00 PM  
Blogger Jackmormon said...

I love Zeller's work and am very envious that you have one--done especially for you, no less! He's one I should have bought when I first saw him in the flatfiles some five years ago. Maybe, just maybe, I could've afforded him then.

7/02/2005 08:39:00 PM  
Blogger Edward_ said...

He's a very nice guy, very smart guy Jackmormon. If we're ever in the same place, I'll introduce you.

7/05/2005 11:56:00 AM  
Blogger dannyglix said...

insane delicious awesome

1/19/2008 10:49:00 PM  

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