Daniel Shea: 43-35 10th Street
@ Andrew Rafacz Gallery
835 W Washington Blvd, 2nd Floor, Chicago, IL 60607
Opening Saturday, April 14th, from 2PM - 4:30PM
Daniel Shea, awarded the Paul Huf award by Foam museum in Amsterdam, releases new book, “43–35 10th Street,” featuring a new photographic series.
43–35 10TH STREET by Daniel Shea
24 × 27 cm, 288 pages, 399 color and 27 black & white plates, softcover
Kodoji Press, Baden 2018, ISBN 978–3–03747–086–2
Join Walter Benn Michaels, the curator of the current exhibition Form and Class, as he leads a walk through of the works and his curatorial process.
Daniel Shea will be signing issues of “43-35 10th Street.” Andrew Rafacz will have a limited amount of books available for purchase at $75.
Daniel Shea has been awarded the Paul Huf award by Foam museum in Amsterdam, a prestigious prize and exhibition given annually to an outstanding photographer under 35. Shea won the award with the series of works now published in the weighty book ‘43-35 10th Street’.
It is always worth asking if an observer alters the subject they observe: Daniel Shea is acutely aware of his role within the operation of neoliberalism. Shea is based in Long Island City, from where he has observed the rapacious processes of recent real estate development. This book moves us from the end and edges of built community to its inner-city nascence. It combines observations from Shea’s neighbourhood with impressions from the Modernist icon Brasilia and the arid Searles Valley in the American West. These are contrasted and superimposed. Few specificities of the sites can be deciphered, but impressions accumulate and coalesce. Shea looks at architecture: its surfaces, its forms and its designs. In concrete he finds aesthetic pleasure and a connection to Modernism’s aspirations and failures – both ripe for fetishisation. He looks too at reflections, challenging the photographer’s position
documenting or fashioning the world around them. These planes are saturated with meanings; with time, connections start to be deciphered.
Born in 1985, Daniel Shea has lived and worked in Long Island City, Queens for five years. He studied at the Maryland Institute College of Art and later the University of Illinois at Chicago and hastaught on several North American art programmes. His work has been exhibited throughout Europe and the United States, and books are a key element of his practice; previous publications include the now out of print ‘Blisner, IL’ of 2014 and ‘Warehouse Condo’ of 2016.
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