bitforms gallery nyc
Mar 27 - Apr 26, 2014
bitforms gallery is pleased to announce "Small Data", a second solo exhibition in New York with Daniel
Canogar. Featuring the premiere of a new series, the exhibit includes nine video projection-mapped objects
that are intimate in scale.
Based in Spain, Canogar is renowned internationally for his use of discarded electronic materials in his
photography, video, sculpture and installations. Finding inspiration in the archeology of new media, he brings
the dead back to life. Secrets contained beyond an object’s surface are revealed, as he constructs portraits of
a society and an age. Canogar is also the creator of numerous public art installations, many of them engaging
the participation of local communities, such as "Waves" in Houston, the world’s largest arabesque LED video
sculpture; "Constelaciones" in Madrid at MRío Park, the largest photo-mosaic in Europe; and "Travesías" in
Brussels, a commission for the atrium of the European Union Council in 2010.
The process of excavation is central to Canogar’s practice. Works from his new series "Small Data" are
comprised of overhead projections and salvaged devices, such as crushed computers, scanners, printers, old
cell phones and hard discs. The artist pulled each item from piles of discarded materials in junkyards and
recycling centers–today’s veritable cemeteries for consumer electronics. The found objects are organized on
shelves, as if they were fragile remnants of a bygone era. Light seemingly reanimates these abandoned
technologies, as video projections are precisely aimed at each object, crafting layered and painterly abstract
Canogar’s animated installations capture our complex and sometimes ambivalent relationship with consumer
electronics. “Buying the latest gadget makes us feel like sophisticated citizens of the digital age. Yet these
technologies break down or are rendered obsolete at a fast pace,” says Canogar. Propped on shelves, the
decaying technologies of "Small Data" are presented as contemporary still lives, insidious reminders of our
own aging process and inevitable expiration date.
As a collection of objects, "Small Data" explores the life and death of consumer electronics–and how when we
discard our devices, we are throwing out a small part of ourselves. As tools for communication with the
outside world, and as repositories for so many of our memories, we acquire a very intimate relationship with
the technological devices present in the artworks. Haunted by these pasts, Canogar attempts to reveal the
memories, both personal and collective, that seem trapped within, mementos of a time when they had fully
functional lives and served us well.
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