Daniel Arango

MET #13

2015

Acrylic and inkjet on canvas.

96.52 x 94 cm

£ 4.000,00 (+ VAT)

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THE ARTWORK

The Metropolitan Museum Series began during two months spent wandering through the Metropolitan Museum of Art following his return to New York City. Inspiration from three-year travelling overlapped with the artifacts housed at the MET, often with origins in the countries he had visited. Like the world journey, intuition guided him through the halls of the museum, walking endlessly some days until the perfect subject to draw was found. It might be an artifact, a painting, sculpture or the architecture of the museum itself. Daniel selected objects from their collections and drew them from life on to his laptop using AutoCAD. Then he combined all those drawings to create his narratives, all in the digital form. Once he completed the digital drawings he printed them onto canvas. Then, he painted with acrylic on top of them. In this case, his process was in part his concept too. In general, walking followed by sitting on the cold stone floor to draw details, watching legs while hoping not to be trampled by distracted patrons, became the daily ritual to construct visual narratives.


THE ARTIST

Daniel Arango (1982) is a Colombian born, American raised artist, who roams the world making work and looking for inspiration. Previously based in New York City, he has been moving nomadically with his studio since 2011.  For Arango’s most recent series, he composed intricate layered digital drawings exploring his environment in relationship to history and contemporary culture. He pulls inspiration from art objects, antiquities and buildings of the world’s great cultural institutions, namely The Metropolitan Museum and The Louvre Museum. For the Hawaiian Series he lived in the Maui jungle for four months harvesting plants and absorbing the exotic environment.  Arango creates images of depth and real beauty through a detailed process of drawing from life, manipulating and playing off the images represented, to printing and applying paint, often painstakingly painted so there is no trace. Arango's family fled Colombia’s civil war when he was three, moving to Miami. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Interior Design from the School of Visual Arts in New York City and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Painting from Rhode Island School of Design. Training in both interior design and painting influenced his art practice very much. The impact of architectonics is integral to the finished work. Arango creates tight structures within his works to act as a point of departure from which to explore a looser imagining of line and form in the composition, and to liberate the self within a rigid homogenizing society.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         SELECTED SOLO/GROUP SHOWS:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Printed Matter's LA Art Book Fair, Misc. Press, Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, Los Angeles (2016); EXCHANGE, Your Art, Your Space, Visual Centre for Contemporary Art, Carlow, Ireland (2015); Daniel Arango vs. Kevin Arnold: Faith as Model,  Able Fine Art, New York (2014); The Blonde Salad Party, Le Bain, The Standard, New York (2014); The 21st Annual Watermill Center Summer Benefit, The Watermill Center, Watermill, New York (2014); Gallery Nights Season Finale, Katsuya By Stark at SLS Hotel, Miami Beach (2013); “It’s All About The Kids” Benefiting St. Jude Children’s, JW Marriott Marquis, Miami (2013); Noches De Galerias, Katsuya By Stark at SLS Hotel, Miami Beach (2013); Storytellers and Mystics, Art Connects New York, Brooklyn, New York (2013); Verge Art Fair,  Ess Callahan Projects Gallery, New York (2012); COME AND GET IT!,  Hendershot Gallery, New York (2012); Petite-Mort- Recollections, forever & today, inc., New York (2011); Voyage Issue XXXX Magazine, Big Screen Plaza, New York (2011); Cocktails At Sunset, Hosted By Steven Klein, Bridgehampton; ACRIA’s Unframed, 23 Third Avenue Penthouse, New York (2011); The ART OF LOVE, Milk Gallery, New York (2011); New Contemporaries, RISD Museum Gelman Gallery, Providence, Rhode Island (2010); Whatever Forever, Black Sheep Projects, Providence, Rode Island (2010); Graduate Thesis Show, Rode Island Convention Center, Providence, Rode Island (2010); T-Shirt Collection for Art Basel, The Webster, Miami, Florida (2009); crit 4, Spencertown Academy Arts Center, Spencertown, New York (2009); Graduate Painting, Sol Koffler Gallery, Providence, Rhode Island (2008); GLAAD OutAuction, Metropolitan Pavilion, New York (2007); American Slide-All, New York Studio Gallery, New York (2007); Eric are you there? Solo Exhibition, Ninth Studio, New York (2006); Art.B.Q, East River Bar, Brooklyn (2006); Senior Thesis Show, National Arts Club, New York (2005); SVA Exhibition,  School of Visual Arts Gallery, New York (2003); SVA Exhibition, School of Visual Arts Gallery, New York (2002).


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