Exhibition at The 930 Gallery (930 Mary St Louisville, KY)

With Daniel Graham’s art, there’s always a story. For example, there are Daniel’s personal stories about why he chose to make a machine that rubs eggshells together (Mouthpiece) or why he built a chair that sounds like a spray paint can when moved. But more importantly, there are the stories that he’s teasing out through the pairing of images and titles. Nothing is spelled out for the viewer, but there are hints of history and mystery and meaning.

Daniel Graham makes a lot of art. In 2009 alone he participated in 11 exhibits around the country on top of his teaching responsibilities. He teaches sculpture and printmaking at Georgetown College. He wakes up at 5:00 a.m. each morning and goes straight to his personal studio on campus. When his students start showing up around 9:00, he’s already produced art. And the art Daniel Graham makes comes in many forms. He uses printmaking techniques, sculpture of many kinds, traditional woodworking methods, performance art, and electronics. One recognizable feature of Daniel Graham’s art in all its forms is an amazing level of craft and skill. Equally with all types of materials, he builds images and forms meticulously.

However, when looking at Daniel Graham’s art, it’s pretty apparent that his work is not merely process driven, but is instead “conceptually driven to their means of production,” as his artist statement says. In the woodcuts, symbols that you couldn’t prepare for are paired. As viewers, we’re left to make sense of the side by side images. In “The stars were meant to shine for you” we see a sinking ship and we see a circus scene. It takes a mental leap to fit the two images into one meaning, but at the same time, upon contemplation, there’s an immediate neurological response that starts to occur, stirring around the textures and colors and the symbols with the works title. In the end, it’s unclear if there’s a “message” trying to be communicated, but there’s certainly poetry happening.

Opening Reception Friday June 4, 7-10 p.m. with an artist’s talk at 7:15 and a free concert by Roman Candle and Dangerbird beginning at 8:00.

On View June 4 – July 18, 2010

For more information on the gallery please visit http://www.the930.org/