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David Gryn on the Art Hour, Soho Radio presented by Vassiliki Tzanakou

In Art Basel, Augustus Pablo, Daata, Daata Editions, daataeditions, David Gryn, Frieze, Phillips, soho radio, Uncategorized, Vassiliki Tzanakou on 28/04/2019 at 12:46 pm

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The Art Hour on Soho Radio with Vassiliki Tzanakou

Interview with David Gryn, Daata Editions

David’s Playlist inc: Augustus Pablo & Jacob Miller, Arvo Pärt, Vaughan Williams, Eleni Karaindrou, Mungo’s Hi Fi & Brother Culture, Howard Skempton

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Phillips x Daata Artist Commission: Megan Newcombe in Conversation with David Gryn

In Art, Artist, Commission, Daata, Daata Editions, daataeditions, David Gryn, Digital, digital art, Jeremy Couillard, megan newcombe, New York, NYC, Phillips, phillipsxdaata, Rachel Rossin, Uncategorized on 19/04/2019 at 1:06 pm

David Gryn, founder of Daata Editions

Phillips and Daata Editions have partnered to commission artists Jeremy Couillard and Rachel Rossin to produce two new digital artworks that will premiere in dedicated exhibitions at Phillips New York and will be offered for sale through Daata Editions online platform. Phillips’ Director of Digital Strategy, Megan Newcome, sat down with David Gryn, founder of Daata, to talk about the genesis of the partnership and the state of the digital art market.

Megan Newcome: Let’s start with what Daata Editions is and how you decided to build a platform to sell digital art?

David Gryn: Daata Editions is an online commissioning and selling platform for contemporary artists working with digital media. Daata came about after more than 15 years working with moving image, both analogue and digital, often in the context of the cinema. I was the Film & Sound Curator for Art Basel Miami Beach from 2011-2017, chiefly encouraging galleries to bring moving image to the fair. I realized something had to be done to galvanise the market place, which has been somewhat reluctant to embrace the digital medium.

But what was most important to me was being able to empower artists and encourage others (galleries, institutes, art fairs) that this market exists – so we built a platform to show, sell and promote artists’ digital output. Daata is the brainchild of myself and Anita Zabludowicz, a leading art collector and philanthropist. We had known each other for over 20 years, and I had often sought Anita’s reaction and feedback before showing artists’ works at art fairs as she is one of the most committed, interested and supportive people in this realm.

MN: One of the challenges historically for this medium has been that collectors couldn’t easily find or acquire digital artworks. You’ve tried to make collecting digital art as easy as buying and downloading music.

DG: When we were planning Daata I chose the company Studio Scasascia to collaborate with on the website. They had designed the website for the record store Sounds of the Universe, which was a place I was happy to go into and buy music – and equally happy to listen and download from their website. They also had been designers on Damien Hirst’s Other Criteria e-commerce platform, so I knew they understood what I wanted in principal. We have continued to work closely together for over 5 years.

MN: You commission artists to make works to sell on Daata – and you pay the artists up front to create. So, it’s not based on how many editions of the works sell. It’s a unique approach and you often say it’s “a model” but not necessarily “the model.” What do you mean by that?

DG: When it comes to dot com start-ups and artworld digital solutions, everyone wants to have “the model,” as they want to be the dominant player. Our aim is always to be “a model” and hopefully one of many. We can’t be every solution for digital art platforms. We have a niche, finite and bespoke operating process. To be successful in the art market, as in most fields, you need healthy competition, so we are excited for other new similar style models. We commission artists, and show and sell their work on the internet, and believe it is the new normal. Our costs are not in bricks and mortar and intensive staffing, but mostly in paying artists.

We commission artists, and show and sell their work on the internet, and believe it is the new normal.

Jeremy Couillard HOTR Home Furnishing (still)

MN: And how have collectors found their way to the platform?

DG: We connect with collectors through our own networks, worldwide art fairs and institutional exhibitions, social media and word of mouth, as well as through the reputational and trust of the artists and venues we work with.

MN: The diversity of the artists offered on Daata Editions is really exciting. On one level, it’s a who’s who of young, emerging artists, but there’s also an impressive number of artists who are already established in the contemporary art world. How do you decide who to commission for Daata?

DG: The artists we commission come through our own knowledge and research, trusted word of mouth suggestions from other artists, curators, gallerists and collectors. It is not a selection of just who we think are great, but from a wider consensus. We are not always looking for discoveries, but for artists we genuinely feel we can work with and make something happen. Often the relationship is based on chemistries between us and the artist and a genuine trust, which can happen immediately or over time.

Alongside Jeremy Couillard‘s exhibition at Phillips next week we’ll also be showing Dream Catcher, a group of artists from Daata Editions which really is a good example of the array of young and emerging artists to the more established names on the platform: Phillip Birch, Jacky Connolly, Keren Cytter, Ollie Dook, Ed Fornieles, Takeshi Murata, Rashaad Newsome, Letta Shtohryn, Saya Woolfalk, and Lu Yang.

Lu Yang LuYang Interactive Hearse (still)

MN: Digital art seems perpetually on the brink of being “the next big thing” from a market perspective. But you’ve been championing this medium for over 20 years as a curator and now an entrepreneur. How has the art world’s perception of digital art changed in that time? Is it still on the brink, or have you seen more meaningful assimilation into the mainstream art world?

DG: Over 20 years, I have thought that the art world market is on the cusp. Now I still feel that way, but the major difference is that now we have most people using digital media as their natural language. Most artists, as indeed most of us, use digital media in every aspect of our life and work. The quality and cost of technology has made it possible for great works to be made and displayed at nominal cost, and there are ever more platforms that can show the work. Ultimately, once we all believe in its value, we all find a way to connect.

MN: You and I met in London in 2016, when the Whitechapel Gallery opened Electronic Superhighway (2016-1966). Almost from the minute we met, we started planning how we might partner together on a commissioning project. Although it might seem like an odd pairing, how does partnering with an auction house fit with your mission?

DG: I knew instinctively when we met that we both had the shared belief in empowerment and the support and nurture of the artist and the medium, which has been my benchmark since day one in my career. Phillips’ support of various digital art projects, while it’s good marketing, also genuinely had philanthropy at its core. We both understand that to improve the value chain of the digital artwork, we need an expanded audience to get on board. And who better to communicate with than the large art collecting audience at Phillips?

From top: Jeremy Couillard, Photo credit: Atisha Paulson. Rachel Rossin, Photo credit: Francois Dischinger

MN: Jeremy Couillard and Rachel Rossin are the first recipients of the Phillips x Daata Artist Commission. Can you tell us what the process was for choosing these two artists to represent the partnership?

DG: In the case of Jeremy, I was initially introduced to his work by Patton Hindle and RJ Supa, who represented him at their lower east side gallery, yours mine & ours. I started working with him and it has been a delight, as he is simply a fantastic artist and an ultimate deliverer. His work has both digital and art making craft and aesthetics, along with humor, intelligence and a distinctive flavor.

Phillips visited Jeremy Couillard in his studio to talk about his commissioned work HOTR Home Furnishing

Rachel Rossin and I met at Art Basel Miami Beach several years ago, and we had been plotting and planning how to collaborate ever since. Both artists coincidentally have done VR exhibitions at the Zabludowicz Collection in London. In tandem with you, we developed a short list of artists and shared them with a group of contemporary art specialists at Phillips from which we selected two recipients.

MN: What I find really interesting about both Jeremy and Rachel is that they both studied painting formally and are still, technically, painters. They are also both self-taught programmers and use gaming engines, VR and other emerging technologies to transform the convention of painting into immersive, 21st century digital experiences. How do these artists represent the next generation of contemporary art-making?

DG: What excites me is that they both see no hierarchy in art technique or exhibition. The digital is equal to any other art medium, and they both create with the logic and soul of an artist and the mind of an intrepid engineer or scientist.

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#RachelRossin: Stalking the Trace | Open Thurs – Sunday, 12 – 6pm | A work in #virtualreality, this new ambitious multi-user iteration of The Sky is a Gap (2017) explores the human desire for control and agency in an increasingly precarious present. Using the movement of gallery visitors through space to manipulate the passage of time, and with it the unfolding narrative, Rossin’s work examines how traces of the body can be felt within the ephemerality of digital technology. Staged within a series of roped enclosures, in a room of contiguous projections, synchronised with sound, lighting and prop effects, the exhibition is both physically and virtually immersive. Image: Rachel Rossin, Stalking The Trace, 2019, Exhibition Installation view. Photo: Tim Bowditch.

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MN: Daata Editions mainly offers video works, but you’ve begun selling other non-object based art like sound works and have commissioned performance and dance. What other developments are on the horizon for Daata Editions?

DG: We are soon to launch a subscription platform on Daata where playlists, groupings of works and the entire catalogue will be able to be accessed and played in hotels, clubs, businesses, museums, galleries and homes. We are commissioning more artists and are truly excited by what is in store and how new audiences can interact and be involved. The Daata Editions model is based on selling works and making revenue to have more budget to commission more new works. My favorite artwork is that which is yet to be made and with Daata – this is now a perpetual dream come true.

New York Viewings
Jeremy Couillard 25 – 30 April
Rachel Rossin 8 – 12 June
450 Park Avenue, New York

The Phillips x Daata Artist Commission

In Artist, artists, Commission, Daata, Daata Editions, daataeditions, Frieze, Jeremy Couillard, New York, Phillips, phillipsxdaata, Rachel Rossin, Uncategorized on 14/04/2019 at 3:26 pm
The Phillips x Daata Artist Commission is announced ….

Phillips and Daata Editions have partnered to empower and support artists working in digital mediums, and we are pleased to present Jeremy Couillard and Rachel Rossin as the inaugural recipients of our joint commission.

This initiative continues Phillips’ ongoing effort in giving collectors unique opportunities to discover and engage with artists who are using new and emerging technologies to establish the next generation of contemporary art-making.

This spring and summer, the newly commissioned artworks will premiere in two dedicated exhibitions at Phillips’ galleries in New York and will be offered for sale through daata-editions.com.

Jeremy Couillard Viewing
25 – 30 April

Rachel Rossin Viewing
8 – 12 June

Gallery Hours
Monday – Friday 10am-6pm
Sunday 12pm-6pm

Phillips, 450 Park Avenue, New York

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Rachel Rossin

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Jeremy Couillard’s HOTR Home Furnishing – TRAILER

The Feeling of Things, Jane Bustin at Fox/Jensen Sydney and Art Basel Hong Kong

In Art Basel, Art Basel Hong Kong, Jane Bustin, Uncategorized on 23/03/2019 at 7:06 pm

JANE BUSTIN OPENS AT FOX/JENSEN SYDNEY 6 APRIL

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To hold a thing, whether with our hand or our gaze is to capture a feeling, giving meaning to the object, not the subject. – Jane Bustin 2019

Ezra Pound said that “glance is the enemy of vision” and whilst I am disinclined to argue with his insights and though, in essence I agree with his sentiment, I am not convinced all glances ought to be judged equally.

There is something in the fugitive glance that may reveal a greater truth, a visual veracity that is assembled through glimpses, each with a different complexion, made at a different moment, felt in a different way, seen with differing consciousness.

Jane Bustin’s paintings seem to encourage us to “glance”. Their composition, their material range, their attention to edge, their use of reflective materials such as copper and aluminium lends perception a contingency that resists static vision. These glances do not signal inattention, rather they invite a heightened if unconscious sensitivity and ultimately, contemplation.

French poet Francis Ponge, whose works have “stirred” Jane Bustin’s and whose elevation of the simple objects in our world – a plant, a shell, soap – revealed the hidden relationship between the inner life of human beings and the world of objects.

Bustin’s works take their titles from early 20th century modernist literature and poetry – Djuna Barnes, Jean Rhys as well as Ponge, – “a sensory language rather than a dictatorial narrative”.

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Jean – sleep it off lady, Jane Bustin, 2019, wood, acrylic, copper, silk, beetroot 51 x 43 cm

Poet Robert Bly wrote of Ponge “It is as if the object itself, a stump or an orange, has links with the human psyche, and the unconscious provides material it would not give if asked directly. The unconscious passes into the object and returns.”
This exchange between the unconscious and the object feels to me to be at the heart of Bustin’s exquisite works. Her modestly scaled paintings feel as if they were assembled from a constellation of modest materials but whose conflation creates new unimagined sensations and feelings.

Bustin suggests that “the surfaces experience a range of intimate handling techniques, sanding, brushing, dying, burning, ironing, masking, stroking, dripping … over a period of time the experience between the maker and the material is co-dependent creating a history of conversations, considerations, mistakes and solutions.”

For Ponge, all objects “yearn to express themselves, and they mutely await the coming of the word so that they may reveal the hidden depths of their being,” Clearly for Bustin all materials yearn to express themselves too. Rather than waiting for the “word” Bustin adjusts and aligns matter directly, announcing new perceptions.

Bustin’s feeling for material is highly nuanced. In The Feeling of Things there are unexpected and beautiful juxtapositions of colour and surface, dualities of hard and soft, reflective and absorbent, face and flank, are resolved within a pliable geometry that allows her to explore matter and its interrelationship in the way that a scientist might were they in search of poetry via empiricism.

Jane Bustin will be present for her exhibition which opens at Fox/Jensen Sydney on Saturday the 6th of April in Sydney. Jane will also be showing with Fox Jensen at Art Basel Hong Kong.

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Young Mother, Jane Bustin, 2018, anodised aluminium, wood, acrylic 56 x 39 cm

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Daata Editions and New Models for Artist Commissioning, Distribution and Exhibition

In Daata, Daata Editions, daataeditions, David Gryn, Digital, digital art, Uncategorized, Video Art on 16/03/2019 at 12:39 pm

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David Gryn (Director of DAATA EDITIONS, London) | Video Art Distribution. From Alternative Art Market to Commercialisation

The conference broached the issue of the interaction of art production, art market and exhibition concerning the media art on an international level. The historical development and specific tasks of video art distribution, the current fields of activity as well as the current challenges of internet-based market approaches have been discussed. David Gryn, Director of DAATA EDITIONS, talks about his website DAATA EDITIONS and how it holds new models for artist commissioning, distribution and exhibition.

From the Conference: Video Art Distribution in Stuttgart 2018

https://lisa.gerda-henkel-stiftung.de/daata_editions_and_new_models_for_artist_commissioning_distribution_and_exhibition?nav_id=7964

http://daata-editions.com

 

Phillips and Daata Editions Announce Partnership to Commission Artists

In artnet, Daata, Daata Editions, daataeditions, David Gryn, Digital, digital art, megan newcombe, Phillips, Uncategorized, Video, Video Art on 09/02/2019 at 10:54 am
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Image: Puck VerkadeLUCY LIVE, Courtesy of the artist and Daata Editions

Phillips and Daata Editions Announce Partnership to Commission Digital Artists

Works to be Exhibited at Phillips in New York and Sold Through Daata Editions Online Platform

PRESS RELEASE

8 FEBRUARY 2019 – Daata Editions and Phillips are delighted to announce a partnership this spring leading to the commissioning and exhibition of two new digital artworks. The recipients will comprise of artists with practices that include video, sound, and performance. The commissioned artworks will premiere and be exhibited at Phillips in April, alongside a selection of other works by Daata artists, after which they will be offered for sale through daata-editions.com.

Founded in 2015, Daata provides a simplest way to discover and collect digital artworks, serving as a native platform to a new generation of artists working with moving image and sound. The works by both emerging and leading contemporary artists can be downloaded at any time on any screen or device.

Artnet News: Is There a Market for Digital Art? Phillips Is Partnering With Daata Editions to Find Out

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David Gryn, Founder of Daata Editions, said, “Since its founding, Daata has supported artists working in digital media through the commissioning of new artworks. We are delighted to work with Phillips on this initiative, which aims to empower collectors in understanding the potential value of artworks made via digital media, as well as showcase artists who are disrupting the field through their unique vision and innovation.”

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Megan Newcome, Phillips’ Director of Digital Strategy, said, “The partnership with Daata is an exciting opportunity for Phillips to continue to support the digital artist community while empowering collectors to see the potential in acquiring non-object based artworks that have historically been considered complicated to own.”

There will be a strong educational component to the partnership, with panel discussions that will aim to explore new technologies and new distribution models that are making this field of collecting increasingly viable.

The two artists who will receive these commissions will be announced in March.

ABOUT DAATA EDITIONS

Daata Editions commissions artist video, sound, poetry, and web and is acknowledged worldwide as a leading platform for commissioning and exhibiting digital artworks, working with both emerging and established artists. Daata Editions launched in May 2015 presenting works by 18 artists. Available as limited editions, Daata now has 350+ artworks by 80 artists that can be viewed and acquired as digital downloads through the website. Daata Editions artworks form part of the Hammer Museum Contemporary Collection, US; the Julia Stoschek Collection, Germany; KIASMA, Finland and the Zabludowicz Collection, UK. Upcoming Daata collaborations include Phillips, MOCAD Detroit and NeueHouse, New York.

For more information visit https://daata-editions.com/

ABOUT PHILLIPS

Phillips is a leading global platform for buying and selling 20th and 21st century art and design. With dedicated expertise in the areas of 20th Century and Contemporary Art, Design, Photographs, Editions, Watches, and Jewellery, Phillips offers professional services and advice on all aspects of collecting. Auctions and exhibitions are held at salerooms in New York, London, Geneva, and Hong Kong, while clients are further served through representative offices based throughout Europe, the United States and Asia. Phillips also offers an online auction platform accessible anywhere in the world. In addition to providing selling and buying opportunities through auction, Phillips brokers private sales and offers assistance with appraisals, valuations, and other financial services.

Visit www.phillips.com for further information.

Artnet News: Is There a Market for Digital Art? Phillips Is Partnering With Daata Editions to Find Out

Please find the full Phillips Press Release attached and follow link to Press Images

PRESS CONTACTS:

Anna Mustonen, Daata Editions

anna@daata-editions.com +44 7738098931

Jaime Israni, Senior Public Relations Specialist, Phillips

jisrani@phillips.com +1 212 940 1398

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