Daniel Canogar

UPCOMING: Turbulence

Sep 8 - Oct 22, 2022

'Turbulence', the new solo exhibition by Daniel Canogar for Galería Max Estrella, explores our capacity to organize, process and make sense of the flux of news we receive daily. Keeping up with the news has become a traumatic experience that generates rage, helplessness and, eventually, indifference. At the same time, we have an addictive relationship with social media, which hooks us in endless cycles of news that frustrate our need for rest and our capacity to assimilate events throughout the day. The exhibition 'Turbulence' faces contemporary information indigestion and processes this unstoppable torrent of data through art and algorithms.

The first series in the show, Pixelweavers, is a project that draws on textiles as a metaphor for the social fabric created, and sometimes destroyed, by the news. These artworks pay tribute to the close relationship between information technology and textiles, beginning with the jacquard’s loom in the early nineteenth century, considered by many historians to be the first computer. For this new series, Studio Daniel Canogar has developed a virtual loom based on craft techniques. This algorithmic tool enables the creation of a wide range of patterns from different sources or “wool balls”. In this case, Pixelweavers sources the thread from the news of the day: through the screens, we witness how the headlines from different news channels become the warp and woof of these generative textiles in constant transformation. Compact weaves fluctuate with frayed seams, an alternation that reminds us of the fragile and sometimes unstable balance of our information ecosystem, based on contradictory and disparate sources.

The second series, Wayward, is inspired by the postwar artists who began to use photographs from the press, such as Andy Warhol, Martha Rosler, Robert Rauschenberg and Wolf Vostell. In the sixties, social protests encouraged many artists to manipulate press photos of wars, political demonstrations and other social upheavals. Screen prints, photomontages, collages and other appropriation techniques largely dominated this era. Fifty years later, Wayward reprocesses photojournalistic images, but this time filtered by the digital tool. Pictures from the daily news are digitally processed with visual effects that evoke analog and photochemical techniques of the past. Through this constant flux of news, this procedural artwork never ceases to generate itself.

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Pixelweaver and Wayward manifest themselves not only as generative projects on screens but also as screenshots. Through large-scale wallpapers and digital photographs, there is an attempt to contain the unstoppable rhythm of our times and, therefore, to process the maelstrom of social, political and environmental issues that have shaken us so much recently. ‘Turbulence’ portrays this turbulent era through art history, textile tradition and digital tools that have changed our perception of reality.

Daniel Canogar, July 2022