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Is Online Art The Future ? Aston Martin feature on Daata Editions

In Amalia Ulman, Art, Art Basel, Aston Martin, Daata, Daata Editions, David Gryn, David Hockney, digital art, Elizabeth Dee, Julia Stoschek, Saya Woolfalk, Scott Reeder, Uncategorized, Zuecca Projects on 08/07/2016 at 10:53 am
Aston Martin Daata Editions

Image: Tracey Emin, I Lay Here, 2016 (courtesy the artist and Daata Editions

 

Art transcends culture, echoes its roots and is integral
to the documentation of the human experience

For an artwork to reflect the musings of its creators, it should ideally be able to naturally adapt. While a ‘physical’ piece of art may be moved or displaced, its very form cannot. The intellectually satisfying aspect of enjoying a painting for example, will come from discovering (or rediscovering) a detail we have missed or overlooked. A brush stroke or a shaft of sunlight can add new meaning to a well-loved piece, without altering it per sae. Since the dawn of the Internet in the 1980s, artists have exploited the laws of this parallel world to create events, images, or to subvert the way we visually absorb information.
Part of the attraction is its global reach, the use of cutting-edge technology and the liberation of art from the constraints of traditional wealth-creating establishments such as commercial galleries, auction houses, private collectors and public museums. Then there’s how we as viewers actually relate to virtual or digital art and one of the most exciting features of a digital piece of art is that it is ever changing. While we may be familiar with its initial subject, it will surprise us as it moves and transforms, inviting us to engage.

Though digital pieces have found a home in some of the art world’s most heavyweight institutions, many collectors still need convincing.

Enter Daata Editions: an online gallery utterly dedicated to video, sound and web art, launched in May 2015, showcasing artists’ video, sound, web and poetry works, available to view and acquire on the website as digital downloads in limited editions. Featured on Daata Editions is Argentinian-born Spanish Artist Amalia Ulman whose series, ‘White Flag Emojis’, displays short videos that create a powerful feeling of apprehension. Ulman is also known for exploring social media in her work, Excellences and Perfections, a poignant four-month long art project in which she creates a fake persona on her Instagram page with thousands of followers. The thought-provoking series throws up important questions on the pitfalls of easily manufactured online “fame”, while, perhaps ironically, highlighting the power of digital art in doing so.

The founder of Daata Editions, David Gryn, and his team have a strong reputation worldwide for producing, curating and promoting artists’ audio visual projects and events that have consistently excited and attracted large audiences, and introduced new audiences to the arts. Gryn says that digital and downloadable art is the future, a belief confirmed by David Hockney who in 2011 began creating works to be viewed exclusively on an Ipad, thus allowing him broader perspective and freedom of adaptability when working.

Daata Editions artworks form part of the Hammer Museum Contemporary Collection, US; the Julia Stoschek Collection, Germany; KIASMA, Finland and the Zabludowicz Collection, UK. Collectors, including Robert and Renee Drake, The Netherlands, as well as galleries, including Elizabeth Dee, New York and Marc Foxx, Los Angeles, have purchased multiple artworks from the platform.

Things are moving all the time, so watch out for fresh new works Daata Editions will be launching in the next months. Artists will include the likes of Saya Woolfalk, Larry Achiampong, Scott Reeder and Tameka Norris. In addition, Daata Editions in collaboration with Zuecca Projects presents Gentrification, an exhibition with new works by artists Hannah Quinlan & Rosie Hastings, at BBAR, Bauer Hotel, Venice, to coincide with the 15th Venice Architecture Biennale.

Leaving the Nest – a text for Wimbledon MFA

In Art Basel, artists, Artprojx, Daata Editions, David Gryn, Frieze, MFA, Tate Modern, Uncategorized on 18/06/2016 at 1:27 pm

wimbledon image

The Outro text for Wimbledon College of Art MFA degree show catalogue

Leaving the Nest

The MFA course is graduating. A group of artists aged between 23 and 67 from countries all over the world. Now leaving the safety of a leading art school to enter the fray of the art world.

The art world eco-system comprises of artists, education, galleries, art fairs, museums and institutes, funders, collectors, curators, organisers, critics, advisors, auction houses, collaborations, project spaces and residencies. These all have their own inherent and combined hierarchies, secret codes, politics, processes and languages. It is sometimes impossible to fathom, seemingly unregulated and not always desirable. It has grey but very real borders, which govern and determine its outcomes, confirming the status of each other and generally the best wins out in this wholly abnormal creative, business and manufacturing process.

Ultimately the art world is yours – the artists, who make the art, to explore the unknown, utilise all mediums, show audiences new thoughts, horizons and aspirational aesthetics. A process to engage, educate, enthral, exude beauty, anger and banality.

In a world with dominant brands such as Frieze, Art Basel, Hauser & Wirth, Gagosian, Tate, MoMA it is very hard to see the wood for the trees. In the making of great art, there are often many layers of failure. The artists that fill these esteemed entities have not always been successful, not all they touch is gold, but what they do is to persevere, persist, be disciplined and exude a belief in their entire practice in their focussed pursuit of making art.

The art worlds ultimate winners are those who constantly strive to make the very best artworks, collaborate, communicate, take risk and are not basing their future on wealth creation, but on pure art making. Great things will happen if you truly believe in yourself and convey your message with confidence.

Be true, be believable, be an artist.

David Gryn, Director of Daata Editions and Artprojx and Curator of Film, Art Basel in Miami Beach

https://wimbledonshow2016.wordpress.com/

Artspace – My Favorite Works from LISTE 2016 – preview

In Andrew Goldstein, Art Basel, Art Basel in Miami Beach, Artspace, Bauer Hotel, Daata, Daata Editions, daataeditions, David Gryn, Jane Bustin, Liste, NADA, Uncategorized on 06/06/2016 at 8:48 pm

Daata Editions Director David Gryn’s Favorite Works from LISTE 2016

http://www.artspace.com/magazine/contributors/picks/david-gryn-liste-picks-53886

By Artspace Editors

June 6, 2016

Daata Editions Director David Gryn's Favorite Works from LISTE 2016

Daata Editions Director David Gryn. Photo by Alberto de Nart (shot at the Bauer Palladio, Venice)

David Gryn is the director and co-founder of the year-old digital art and video collecting platform Daata Editions and the film curator at Art Basel Miami Beach, so it’s perhaps unsurprising that his picks for LISTE 2016 tend toward moving images, technological interventions, and outide-the-box thinking of all kinds. Read up on the rationale behind his selections here, and stop by the fair from June 14-19 in Basel, Switzerland for more art world action.

MICHAEL AUDER
Gemälde II, 2015
Fonti

auder

As someone who ostensibly works with artists of the moving image I was compelled to select Michel Auder, a rare artist that seamlessly crosses the terrain between both art and filmmaking. Here’s a quote from Michel Auder that matches my thoughts on this selection: “When people ask me what’s the best thing I like, my head starts scrambling and I just can’t think of anything. Depending on the day, I might say this or that. I really don’t have any specific thing that I like better than others.”

 

JESSE DARLING
Colonel Shanks, 2016
Arcadia Missa

Jesse Darling

The Jesse Darling works shown by Arcadia Missa have a great sense of self, humor, and balance. I have been aware of Jesse and her work for some time and it is really getting the attention it deserves.

INGA MELDERE
“Students painting some of the remarkable scenery in the park”, 2016
Temnikova & Kasela Gallery

meldere

I have always been a big fan of the “sublime,” so this humorous Caspar David Friedrich-esque take by Inga Meldere took me by surprise. Temnikova and Kasela Gallery is an Estonian gallery and an art world gem.

 

SHANA MOULTON
Every Angle is an Angel, 2016
Galerie Crevoecoeur

moulton

Last year I selected Shana Mouton’s MindPlace ThoughtStream for the film program I curate for Art Basel Miami Beach—I knew how much I valued the work as I took endless images of it whilst it was playing on the huge 7000 square foot outdoor screen. I recently spent many days with Shana’s moving image works as a Daata Editions neighbor to the Gregor Staiger space at Independent Brussels and was mesmerized by the work’s magic. They are witty, aesthetic, intelligent, and spellbinding—they really are complete artworks.

 

ERKKA NISSINEN
Vantaa, 2007
Ellen de Bruijne Projects

nissinen

Crazy, funny, dark, engaging, bizarre—everything we should want from a great Finnish artist. Brilliant.

 

XIMENA GARRIDO-LECCA
Destilaciones, 2014
80m2 Livia Benavides

lecca

I have been increasingly observing that ceramics making their presence felt at art fairs. This is chiefly because my wife, the artist Jane Bustin, makes wonderful artworks with ceramic and porcelain (as well as paint, metals and fabrics)—my eye has been altered irrevocably to look more and more at this medium. This Ximena Garrido-Lecca installation at 80m2 Livia Benavides is earthy, historical, current, and intriguing.

 

DAWN KASPER
M44, 2016
David Lewis

kasper
I am drawn to these Dawn Kasper sculptures, as I am obsessed with music intersecting with art making.

 

YURI PATTISON
dust scraper fan 1.9 (power and wealth to honor leaders or religions to stretch architectural limits), 2016
mother’s tankstation

pattison

Yuri Pattison pushes the boundaries of our art world and how data engages with us all. I’m hugely looking forward to his first UK institutional show at Chisenhale opening in July, as well the outcomes of his winning the Frieze Artist Prize for 2016.

 

GERDA SCHEEPERS
The Style, 2016
Blank

scheepers

Gerda Scheepers makes collages that disturb and disrupt, but are cohesive and use disparate materials to create an aesthetic whole.


Notes:

Overall in my selections I have been somewhat drawn to similar sculptural forms and colours evolving from a variety of materials (Sheepers, Pattison, Kasper, Darling) and obviously (to me) selecting some moving image works (Nissinen, Moulton, Auder), as they are great and it is vital that galleries at art fairs bring art forms that do not necessarily have the same commercial allure as 2d object based artworks, but as art mediums that are being used by most artists, which you would not believe, if you only ever saw artworks at art fairs.

I am always looking at/and for moving image and sound works at art fairs … and alas, rarely find much. It has been my work for over the last 15 years – being focused on showing artists moving image works and most often projects during major art fair periods, as this is when the finite art audience reaches its highest demand for art consumption. 

Liste, like NADA, Sunday, etc … gives us hope in the art world that there is the potential for great new galleries, new artists, new ideas – before the cyclical homogeneity (albeit often great!) of the major art fair commercial allure sets it.

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