Daniel Firman: Switch Up

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Daniel Firman: Switch Up

Amsterdam

Daniel Firman: Switch Up
to Sun 27 Jun 2021
By Appointment
Artist: Daniel Firman

Reflex presents Switch Up, Daniel Firman’s solo show at the gallery.

Artworks

Switch Up, 2020

Plaster, clothes, various objects
225 x 130 x 130 cm
© Daniel Firman. Courtesy of Reflex Amsterdam. Photography by Petra and Erik Hesmerg

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Sitting gathering, 2020

Plaster, clothes, various objects
124 x 119 x 88 cm
© Daniel Firman. Courtesy of Reflex Amsterdam. Photography by Petra and Erik Hesmerg

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Parrot, 2019

Various objects, polyurethane foam, metal
220 x 174 x 110 cm
© Daniel Firman. Courtesy of Reflex Amsterdam. Photography by Petra and Erik Hesmerg

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Attitude [Julia],

Plaster, clothes, wig, shoes
174 x 46 x 48 cm
© Daniel Firman. Courtesy of Reflex Amsterdam. Photography by Petra and Erik Hesmerg

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Attitude [Jérôme], 2020

Plaster, clothes, wig, shoes
169 x 50 x 39 cm
© Daniel Firman. Courtesy of Reflex Amsterdam. Photography by Petra and Erik Hesmerg

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Lobster,

Various objects, polyurethane foam, metal
47 x 29,5 x 28,5 cm
© Daniel Firman. Courtesy of Reflex Amsterdam. Photography by Petra and Erik Hesmerg

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Motorbike,

Various objects, polyurethane foam, metal
47 x 50 x 52 cm
© Daniel Firman. Courtesy of Reflex Amsterdam. Photography by Petra and Erik Hesmerg

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Saisir l’impossible Sonia, 2018

Painted bronze
79 x 50 x 20 cm
Edition of 3 © Daniel Firman. Courtesy of Reflex Amsterdam. Photography by Petra and Erik Hesmerg

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All sculptures in the exhibition Switch Up revolve around the idea of the body and the object: the body with the object; the body without an object; the object without the body. The exhibition is constructed like a crossfade where each sculpture becomes like a planar surface on which movement from one work to another is activated.

Attitude and Gathering, two of the most important series of works from the artist, in conjunction with a third more recent one, Plastic Confetti, give this show all the dimensions of an extremely contemporary vision of our world.

“The Switch Up exhibition shows a compendium of decisions where identity is erased in favor of a globalization of information where, more broadly, object and matter end up taking their own authority and lasting autonomy. It would seem that the indecision to do with or without defines us today in a world that is constantly changing, in this contemporary intoxication of stop and go.”
– Daniel Firman

Firman nevertheless refers to the constructions of a work whose heritage is made from gesture, molding, nesting and collage. Impacted and overwhelmed, the works by the artist seem to give us a realistic vision, with quirky and joyful humor, of a ‘chaotic’ world. It gives a vision of resistance orchestrated like dance movements where the bodies perform in order to irreversibly avoid a slippage, a collapse.

Switch Up is Firman’s first solo exhibition in The Netherlands and the artist’s first show with the gallery. In close collaboration with the artist the gallery is publishing a book, including all work from the last six years, as well as the latest works included in the exhibition. Opening, reception and book signing with time slots will be announced as soon as the situation allows.

Daniel Firman (1966) is a French artist working in both Bordeaux and New York. His work has been exhibited, amongst others, at: Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France (2008), Venice Biennial, Venice, Italy (2009), Kunsthalle Wien, Austria (2012), National Gallery of Australia (2017), Ceysson & Bénétière Gallery, New York, USA (2019) and Reflex Amsterdam (2020).

Installation shot: Daniel Firman | Switch Up at Reflex Amsterdam 2020. Photography by Petra and Erik Hesmerg.


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