Spotlight: Daniel Steegmann Mangrané
For our Spotlight this week we present Daniel Steegmann Mangrané's Summer Cloud, 2017.
The work is from Daniel Steegmann Mangrané's series of brightly colored aluminium curtains with differently shaped passageways made from Kriska aluminium chains. Widely used in Spain, Kriska curtains can function as flexible screens for entryways. They are light, often brightly colored and make a characteristic metallic sound when the chains touch.
The forms cut into the curtains relate to the artist's idea of "model forms", familiar but non-specific shapes that both trigger our imagination and leave us unable to identify them. The "continuation" of the aluminium chains below the openings appears counterintuitive, adding an element of surprise. Oscillating between appearing as diaphanous screen and semi-solid object, the curtains are both indications of a transition (meant to be traversed, marking the end of one space and the beginning of the next) as well as sculptural objects, existing in a hybrid state between corporeality and immateriality.
Daniel Steegmann Mangrané at Kunsthalle MünsterKunsthalle Münster September 13 – November 22, 2020 www.kunsthallemuenster.de
With Dog Eye, on view from September 13 through November 22, the Kunsthalle Münster is presenting the first solo exhibition in a German institution of Daniel Steegmann Mangrané. His works—comprising installations, films, sound-based works, photographs, drawings, holograms and sculptures—are marked by a poetic approach of overlapping geometric and abstract forms with organic elements: branches, leaves, insects and recently also dogs serve as integral components of the artist's works. He combines and intertwines these to create an overall structure that subtly brings us to question our own position in the world, and thus also our attitude toward our environment. We are called upon to re-think the prevailing western perception based on binary thinking, in terms of subject and object, nature and culture.
More information can be found HERE
Dhaka Art Summit 2020 with Prabhavathi Meppayil & Daniel Steegmann MangranéShilpakala Academy, Dhaka February 7 – 15, 2020 www.dhakaartsummit.org
Convening a critical mass of artists, thinkers, and participants, Dhaka Art Summit 2020: Seismic Movements will provoke us to reconsider (art)histories, movement, borders and fault lines. From February 7–15, Dhaka, Bangladesh will be the epicenter of a radical upheaval of how we think about art, activated by intellectual and curatorial contributions, spanning four floors of the Shilpakala Academy in the city’s vibrant University belt.
Observing the interplay and occasional confrontation inherent among architectural spaces within an emergent nation-state, seventeen artists/collaboratives respond to the built and unbuilt legacy of the ground-breaking Bangladeshi architect Muzharul Islam (1923–2012). While Prabhavathi Meppayil’s newly commissioned works observe how Muzharul Islam’s reliance on both social and empirical structures informed the making and occupation of space, Daniel Steegmann Mangrané’s narrative film, Fog Dog, brings us into a community of human and inhuman inhabitants of Charukala, the Faculty of Fine Art, University of Dhaka (designed by Muzharul Islam from 1953–55).
Daniel Steegmann Mangrané at Pirelli HangarBicoccaPirelli HangarBicocca, Milan September 12, 2019 – January 19, 2020 www.pirellihangarbicocca.org
Opening at Pirelli HangarBicocca on September 11, Daniel Steegmann Mangrané's first exhibition in Italy will present more than twenty works made from 1998 to the present time, ranging from films, virtual reality devices, 3D holograms, sculptures, and installations. The artist will place the physical and sensory dimension of the viewer at the heart of the exhibition project, offering new visions of his entire corpus of works as they dialogue with one another.
The exhibition will be characterized by a shift between material and immaterial experiences, expanded further through a site-specific intervention that will redefine the industrial quality of Pirelli HangarBicocca, while both concealing and revealing the exhibited works.
More information about the exhibition can be found HERE.
Daniel Steegmann Mangrané at Institut d'Art ContemporainInstitut d'Art Contemporain, Villeurbanne/Rhône-Alpes February 20 – April 28, 2019 www.i-art-c.org
Daniel Steegmann Mangrané intends to totally and profoundly transform the space of the IAC. And so, the path of the exhibition, Ne voulais prendre ni forme, ni chair, ni matière, generates new vanishing lines. Defined by a sensitive geometry, driven only by rays of natural light that penetrate the gloom, it encourages exploration and groping and fumbling.
This path through the exhibition also translates the artist’s fascination for the notion of dissolution of the self in its surroundings. By placing all of these relationships in space, the artist provides us with a sharp and critical tool: “if there are no more subjects nor objects, then there are no longer spectators or works of art, but rather processes of relationships of mutual transformation. Combinations of agents which influence one another”.
Daniel Steegmann Mangrané at Nottingham ContemporaryNottingham Contemporary, Nottingham February 16 – May 6, 2019 https://www.nottinghamcontemporary.org
Through a new immersive installation, architectural interventions, a 16mm film and a virtual reality work, the Rio-based Catalan artist looks at how diverse mediums and technologies can represent aspects of the Mata Atlântica.
Mata Atlântica, a rainforest stretching along the Atlantic coast of Brazil, is one of the most important biodiverse areas on Earth, yet is highly endangered, with only 7% of its original surface left. Steegmann Mangrané looks at how this complex environment has been subjected to conflicting pressures: economic, ecological, geographic, scientific, historical and territorial.
More information on the exhibition here.