Danny Sobor (b. 1992) is a Chicago/Detroit based visual artist and muralist. His work fuses public and studio art practices, blurring the monikers of “street” and “fine art.” His prints, paintings, murals and drawings have been displayed in diverse locations: from vacant storefronts in Detroit to the Seoul Museum of Art in South Korea. His recent body of work focuses on contemporary figuration and mixed media collage, finding a balance between nostalgic and fresh.
Sobor’s grandmother Helena was a Chicago Public Librarian for more than three decades. Over her career she amassed a large collection of books in both English and Polish. Approaching 80, she has started to exhibit signs of dementia. joined//fading is an effort to preserve and celebrate memory in Helena’s old books.
Using family photos, portraits of friends, images of strangers, old feelings, moments since moving to Detroit and folk patterns, joined//fading focuses on the way memories blend and fuse. Over time, faces shift and disappear, emotions fade and intensify, moments blur and combine. The mixed media drawings on Helena’s pages weave together her and Sobor’s memories and possessions, capturing small pieces of a greater thread that continues onward indefinitely. An artist booklet featuring reinterpretations of Sobor’s illustrations and Helena’s pages will accompany the pieces in his show.