Tuesday, July 10th, 2012· 765 Washington St, New York, NY 10014
CoWorker Projects is pleased to present video works by Daniel Kingery including Flash, Flash, A Nostalgia for the Present and The Problem of American. Daniel Kingery began making films in 2010. In his work, he deals with absence and trace, the after-images of desire, the illusion of control and knowledge inherent in looking and the role of memory and projective fantasies in perception.
According to Kingery, “our experience of the world is inescapably mediated by external and internal sources. The job of the artist is to set the parameters to manipulate and influence the viewer so that they might reflect on their own experiences and that which they may have otherwise taken for granted.” In Flash, Flash, 2010-2011, Kingery uses the language of fashion and advertising to trigger desire that is then transferred into the void, the black space between images. Frustrated desire, which is otherwise channeled towards a product, is left as tension with no release. In A Nostalgia for the Present, 2010-2012, the artist’s partner moves in front of the camera in a mechanical fashion, implying a narrative or significance to every move that is in fact absent. The film is then reversed in double speed, underlining film’s ability to create the illusion of immortality, or entropy in reverse. The title is based on Nabokov’s “A Guide to Berlin,” where he describes the artist’s role as viewing the present as if it were already obsolete. In The Problem of American Painting, 2012, Kingery reflects on his own role as a transient artist existing between the worlds of Europe and the United States and his own search for meaning in the medium of painting. The soundtrack is from the opening sequence of Emile de Antonio’s 1973 film Painters Painting describing the trajectory of American painting from the Hudson River school to the New York school.
The video features a painting made by Kingery based on the opening sequence of the de Antonio film. Kingery’s painting is a meditation on abstraction as an emptiness to be filled with significance by the artist and the viewer. Daniel Kingery was born in 1980 in Urbana, IL USA. He attended the University of Chicago and the Universität der Künste in Berlin. He moved to Berlin in 2001 and currently lives and works in Berlin and New York.