Visiting Artist Residency:
May 1 – June 29, 2018
Daniel Canogar, born in Madrid to a Spanish father and an American mother, is an artist whose life and career have bridged Spain and the USA. Canogar presently lives and works in Madrid and New York City. Photography was his earliest medium of choice, but he soon became interested in the possibilities of the projected image and installation art. His fascination with the technological history of optical devices, such as magic lanterns, panoramas and zoetropes, inspired him to create his own projection devices. For example, in the late 90s he created a multi-projection system with fiber optic cables. The resulting artworks were mobile-like hanging sculptures that projected images onto the surrounding walls.
With the advent of digital technology, the artist continued re-conceptualizing visual media as sculpture. By projecting animations onto salvaged obsolete electronics, for example, he was able to metaphorically reveal the collective dreams trapped within DVDs, old calculators, video-game consoles or found computer hard drives. Also notable are Canogar’s public artworks using flexible LED screens. Like with fiber optic cables a decade earlier, he once again reinvents an existing technology to suit his artistic explorations; by fabricating flexible LED tiles, he is able to create twisting ribbon-like screens for atriums and public spaces. Other public works include his Asalto series, projected onto emblematic monuments in several cities. Depicting climbing bodies, these projects reference historic events, such as the storming of the Bastille and the collapse of the Berlin Wall, or present migratory border crossings.
Daniel Canogar received an MA from NYU and the International Center for Photography in 1990.