Chicago Artists Coalition is pleased to present “The Thing and its Double,” a solo exhibition of new works by Danny Giles.
Investigating private and public archives of representation, Giles’ work imagines through various media the body as a transformative agent. Expanding from performative work, Giles presents abstract and figurative proxies for presence that address how subject-positions are formed and dismantled through acts of seeing. Giles uses iconic and lesser-known figures as a starting point to deconstruct the ways that appearance is often mistaken for essence.
Danny Giles is a Chicago based artist who makes work that often brings together live performance, video, and sculpture to address the dilemmas of representing and performing identity. Giles received his BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2011, MFA Northwestern in 2013, and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2013. Giles’ work has recently been exhibited, performed and screened at the University of Washington Jacob Lawrence Gallery, Seattle, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, El Museo Tamayo, Mexico City, and the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. Giles is part-time faculty at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Academic Director of the Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists’ Residency in Saugatuck, MI.
Danny Giles, “Study After the Mythic Being (cycle 1),” 2019, Digital photograph. Courtesy of the artist.