Daniel Canogar The Obscenity of the Surface

Date(s): Sep 16 to Oct 22 2000


The Obscenity of the Surface

Vernissage on Saturday, September 16, at 5 pm

Pursuing his expressive interrogations of the image, Daniel Canogar creates for the exhibition, an environment of epidermal surfaces. The installation is comprised of images of skin marks, textures and folds projected on the walls that, as the artist comments, “address the fragility of the epidermal covering, its permeability to the gaze, and the defamiliarization that occurs when the self is not easily contained within the surface of the skin.” The close-up details of blemishes, scars and wrinkles are projected from suspended fiber optic cables graciously emerging from unseen spaces behind the gallery walls. The ethereal installation becomes more precarious when the visitor realizes that moving through the space interrupts beams of projected light, covering and uncovering different layers of images and destabilizing one’s perception of the body.

The Obscenity of the Surface

Daniel Canogar was born in Madrid where he still lives and works. The artist has gained an international reputation for his poignantprojections of floating bodies. His work has been exhibited inmajor museums and galleries across Europe and in the United States, notably at the Art and Technology Foundation, Madrid; Breda Museum of Contemporary Art, Breda, The Netherlands; Kunsthalle Krems, Austria; Palacio de Velazquez of the Reina Sofia Museum for Contemporary Art, Madrid; Centre d’Art Contemporain de Basse-Normandie, Caen, France; Metronom, Barcelona; Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf; Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio; Artist’s Space, New York.