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CHOI&LAGER Gallery: Daniel Firman 'I'm Keeping My Distance' - 15 Apr 2016 to 25 June 2016

Current Exhibition

15 Apr 2016 to 25 June 2016
Wednesday to Friday: 11-13, 14-18
Saturday: 12-6
Choi&Lager Galerie
Wormser Str. 23
T: +49 (0)2 21/16 99 25

Daniel Firman
'I'm Keeping My Distance'
15.04.2016 - 25.06.2016

Artists in this exhibition: Daniel Firman

Daniel Firman'I'm Keeping My Distance'
Private View : Friday 15.04.2016, from 7PM 

15.04.2016 - 25.06.2016

 Choi&Lager is pleased to present “I’m Keeping My Distance”, a first solo exhibition of works by Daniel Firman in Germany.
“I’m Keeping My Distance” presents brand new sculptures and paintings by the French artist Daniel Firman. All of Firman’s pieces can be interpreted in two levels, exploring both the physical and psychic dimension of their contents. The exhibition takes its title from a series of sculptures produced by inviting people to “spatialize” their physical ambit by pressing their index finger against a wall for support. Cast in plaster, and then finished in bronze, each finger is a sort of standard for which the only reference is the individual and his or her body. The title, however, also conveys a choice of psychological distancing. The exhibition thus builds on, and is deepened by, the semiological dichotomy that comes from the difference between what we perceive and what is said.
“These fixed forms, much like immutably voiceless sounds, crystallize these absurd movements that print themselves on the medium through blind and rough gestures. Reconstructed in plaster as something between bas-relief and painting, they disrupt our sphere of understanding. We rediscover the primitive act of the sculptor who models, organizing the material texture to inspire volume.”
The optical illusion that takes place when looking at the series “Inside” is another example of the subversion of the senses that characterizes Firman’s artistic practice. The light inverts the negative and positive volumes of the mould. Daniel Firman’s work revolves around a reflection on the sense of doing and taking action. These processes are a way of mixing both the form and the emerging of a form in a protocol imbued with meaning.
In a way he has never shown us before,  Firman proposes a painted work that is not quite a painting but rather becomes one in fine. Using words as a reference to an action that comes to mind and as the link in his work, the artist shows a brand new series of works he produced in New York in 2015.
“With this work I ask the question of doing without doing or refusing to produce something that we produce in refusing to do so.”
The series consists of three actions :
With the drawing : I refuse to draw today
The painting :  I refuse to paint today
and the print : I refuse to print today
The series alludes to its technical requirements and reveals by the sentences and their meanings exactly the opposite of what the artist is supposed to be doing. A sort of nonesensical relationship is established between the applied gesture and the meaning of the sentence. The very result of the process of preparing for the exhibition is a denial of such dedication of time and energy. “I’m Keeping My Distance” is an exhibition that distances itself in the immediacy between the body and the mind, seen as anchor points in time and space.


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