Using drawing, sculpture, photography, video and performance; Daniel Giles and Eliza Myrie engage in the study of the historical narratives of two distinct cultural objects. go/figure features works that enact material processes as acts of translation and research. Giles and Myrie deconstruct and re-picture objects whose mythologies and representations invoke discrepancies of value, labor and points of origin.
Daniel Giles is a Chicago-based multidisciplinary artist. His practice addresses the mediation and consumption of cultural mythologies and the permutation of social archetypes. Employing a range of practices including sculpture, installation and performance, Giles negotiates the spaces, tropes and artifacts of consumer display, public spectacle and political speech. He received a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2011 and an MFA from Northwestern University in 2013. Giles has participated in residencies including High Concept Laboratories, ACRE, and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Giles is currently an instructor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Eliza Myrie was born in Albany, New York, in 1981 and currently lives and works in Chicago. Myrie was an Artist-In-Residence at the University of Chicago in 2012 and a resident at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2010. Myrie received her MFA from Northwestern University and her BA from Williams College. Select group exhibitions include the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago (2012); New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York (2011); Zora Space,
Brooklyn, New York (2011); Applied Arts, Chicago (2011); Hyde Park Arts Center, Chicago (2010); Davidson Contemporary, New York (2010); and the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Evanston, Illinois (2010). Myrie experiments with multiple forms of popular media, focusing on class, ethnicity, politics, and race. She manipulates images through video, sculpture, and drawing to create new narratives.