Blake Daniels

Bedroom Self Portrait I


Acrylic, pastel and oil on canvas,

48x64 cm (19x25 in)


Opening Reception:

Saturday, 25 March 2017 from 16h00


ROOM is pleased to announce a solo presentation of paintings and drawings by Blake Daniels.


In TALES OF HERE AND LATER, the artist seeks to question the modes and methods of how we visualize genealogies and experienced narratives in relation to our internalised milieu of constructed histories.


The paintings presented in the exhibition occupy a visual vocabulary suspended between fact and fiction while playing with contested forms of desire. In several of the larger scaled oil works, bodies and spaces are at turn obscured, dislocated and fragmented within the painted surface; as a means of contending with the inherent hybridism that occurs between representation and abstraction as both a tool for formal and social critique. The artist’s inordinate [i.e. unrestrained in conduct, feelings, etc ...] use of colour further enhances this approach; employing a specific palette that summons an ‘unbound Queer Visuality.’


The artist further states:


In a future we’ve already lived, one we wont remember till the sun has settled its debt for the day, lays the remnants of tales haunted by the ghost of a child neither here nor later. Stories of next years October Chicago bonfire, its embers blown across the Atlantic, fulfulling the prophecy of the 1977 birth of Bertrams; or tales of the great Palm Courts of the Vaal and the home they became for the many Queens of the then old city of Johannesburg.The central exploration of these tales [has to do with a] feeble calling of a queer way of seeing that indulges in denied pleasure and the erotic power of desire and loss. This is a desire that both dismembers figures, territories and time; in the same breathe as visualizing them as new and whole, existing in new worlds remembered not in history but in the bodies desires itself.





Blake Daniels (b. 1990 Cincinnati, USA) is currently living and working in Johannesburg, South Africa where he is currently pursuing a Masters in Fine Arts at the University of the Witwatersrand. Daniels received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2013) where he was a recipient of the Edward L. Ryerson Fellowship for top emerging artists. Other awards include the Post Graduate Merit Award, Johannesburg, ZA (2016) towards his current Masters in Fine Arts, the Pollock Krasner Fellowship, Vermont, USA (2014), the Ox-Bow Fellowship Grant, Saugatuck, USA (2014) and his inclusion as the youngest artist in the publication and project 100 Painters of Tomorrow, London, UK (2014) curated by Kurt Beers. Daniels was also founding team member of ARC Magazine, a Caribbean arts platform, from which he contributed as writer and editor. Daniels has previously exhibited his work throughout the United States, Jamaica, the United Kingdom and South Africa (Challery, Vienna in 2017; The Bag Factory, Johannesburg in 2016 and 2015; Beers London, London in 2015, 2014 and 2013; The Turbine Art Fair, Johannesburg in 2015; Edna Manley College Gallery, Kingston in 2014; 5&J Gallery, Lubbock in 2014; Fresh Exhibitions, Savannah in 2014; Gutstein Gallery, Savannah in 2013; Carousel Projects, Chicago in 2013 and 2012; Sullivan Gallery, Chicago in 2013; South Florida Museum, Bradenton in 2010).






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