AMSTERDAM.- Reflex Amsterdam
is presenting a set of recent works by Daniel Firman. All sculptures in the exhibition Switch Up revolve around the idea of the body and the object: the body with the object; the body without an object; the object without the body. The exhibition is constructed like a crossfade where each sculpture becomes like a planar surface on which movement from one work to another is activated.
Attitude and Gathering, two of the most important series of works from the artist, in conjunction with a third more recent one, Plastic Confetti, give this show all the dimensions of an extremely contemporary vision of our world.
Daniel Firman: "The Switch Up exhibition shows a compendium of decisions where identity is erased in favor of a globalization of information where, more broadly, object and matter end up taking their own authority and lasting autonomy. It would seem that the indecision to do with or without defines us today in a world that is constantly changing, in this contemporary intoxication of stop and go."
Firman nevertheless refers to the constructions of a work whose heritage is made from gesture, molding, nesting and collage. Impacted and overwhelmed, the works by the artist seem to give us a realistic vision, with quirky and joyful humour, of a 'chaotic' world. It gives a vision of resistance orchestrated like dance movements where the bodies perform in order to irreversibly avoid a slippage, a collapse.
Switch Up is Firmans first solo exhibition in The Netherlands and the artists first show with the gallery. In close collaboration with the artist the gallery is publishing a book, including all work from the last six years, as well as the latest works included in the exhibition. Opening, reception and book signing with time slots will be announced as soon as situation allows.
Daniel Firman (1966) is a French artist working in both Bordeaux and New York. His work has been exhibited, amongst others, at: Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France (2008), Venice Biennial, Venice, Italy (2009), Kunsthalle Wien, Austria (2012), National Gallery of Australia (2017), Ceysson & Bénétière Gallery, New York, USA (2019) and Reflex Amsterdam (2020).