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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

Jeremy Coulliard

 

Rachel Rossin

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Jeremy Couillard’s HOTR Home Furnishing – TRAILER

Daata x citizenM breakfast talk with Jon Sharples – Oct 30

In Art, Artist, citizenM, Daata, Daata Editions, David Gryn, Jon Sharples, Tower of London, Uncategorized on 15/10/2017 at 9:43 pm

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Join us on Monday October 30th at 8.30am at citizenM Tower of London for a breakfast discussion with intellectual property lawyer and Chair of the Simmons & Simmons Art Network Jon Sharples. Jon will talk about corporate collecting and his interest in art, the law and digital mediums, joined by Art Basel in Miami Beach Film & Sound curator David Gryn and Director of Daata Editions. Including an audience Q&A.

Book to join us at Eventbrite

Daata x Vanity present Saya Woolfalk

In Art, Art Fair, Artist, Daata, Daata Editions, daataeditions, David Gryn, Digital, digital art, Frieze, Frieze Art Fair, Leslie Tonkonow, Miami, New York, Rita Pinto, Saya Woolfalk, Uncategorized, Vanity Projects, Video on 30/04/2017 at 7:25 am

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Daata Editions x Vanity Projects – featuring Saya Woolfalk

Colour Mixing Machine

On view in both Vanity NYC and Miami venues April 15 – May 9

Vanity Projects, 99 Chrystie St 2F, New York, NY, 10002 +16464102928

www.vanityprojectsnyc.com/ & https://daata-editions.com/

Saya Woolfalk is a New York based artist who uses science fiction and fantasy to re-imagine the world in multiple dimensions. With the multi-year projects No Place, The Empathics and ChimaTEK, Woolfalk has created the world of the Empathics, a fictional race of women who are able to alter their genetic make-up and fuse with plants. With each body of work, Woolfalk continues to build the narrative of these women’s lives, and questions the utopian possibilities of cultural hybridity. The Pollen Catchers is a continuation of ChimaTEK, in which the Empathics employ color-mixing machines to further shape shift their morphology. Sound attribution to The Hathaway Family Plot. https://daata-editions.com/artists/saya-woolfalk

“2017 promises to be an exciting year for Vanity Projects, which is partnering with Daata Editions, the British-based online art platform equally dedicated to outside-the-box experimentation. This initiative will bring a wealth of talent to both the Miami and New York venues, starting with Scott Reeder, followed by Saya Woolfalk, Ed Fornieles, Yung Jake, Jacky Connolly, Jillian Mayer, Jeremy Couillard, Rashaad Newsome and others. “A Goth Life,” a group show opening in June, cheekily brings together video that honors “our joyously soulless, self-reflective, insular, tension and angst ridden times,” just in time for the sunny summer. Key activations with art institutions will expand the project’s reach, with plans for potential events during Art Basel Miami Beach.” Text by Scott Indrisek

Vanity Projects in collaboration with Daata Editions welcomes Frieze, Vanity and Daata guests, Friday May 5, 10am-12pm for a screening of Saya Woolfalk’s work Color Mixing Machine 1-6, and complimentary nail polish manicures inspired by the artist & join Rita Pinto, David Gryn and Saya Woolfalk for drinks from 6-8pm. RSVP: contact@vanityprojectsnyc.com

Saya Woolfalk: ChimaCloud and the Pose System at Leslie Tonkonow. New works by the artist are on view through May 6th in Saya Woolfalk: ChimaCloud and the Pose System at Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, 535 West 22nd Street, New York, NY. www.tonkonow.com

Artist Features at Film Cologne curated by Daata Editions

In A Goth Life, Art, Art Cologne, Art Fair, artcologne, Artist, Daata, Daata Editions, daataeditions, David Gryn, Film Cologne, Germany, Uncategorized, Virtual Reality on 05/04/2017 at 10:04 pm
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Jacky Connolly, Hudson Valley Ruins, 2015

For Art Cologne’s Film Cologne, Daata Editions has selected feature video artworks from artists on the platform including: Sue de Beer, David Blandy/Larry Achiampong, Jacky Connolly, Matt Copson, Keren Cytter, Casey Jane Ellison, Leo Gabin, Rachel Maclean, Jillian Mayer & Lucas Leyva, Takeshi Murata & Robert Beatty, Hannah Perry, Scott Reeder, John Skoog, Chloe Wise, Zadie Xa.

A Goth Life, the specially compiled curated programme of artists and their video & sound artworks selected from Daata Editions including: Larry Achiampong, Thora Dolven Balke, David Blandy, Jake Chapman, Jacky Connolly, Keren Cytter, Casey Jane Ellison, Tracey Emin, Ed Fornieles, Leo Gabin, Yung Jake, Rachel Maclean, Jillian Mayer, Takeshi Murata, Rashaad Newsome, Tameka Norris, Hannah Perry, Hannah Quinlan & Rosie Hastings, Scott Reeder, Jacolby Satterwhite, Zadie Xa.

Daata Editions will also feature NAUSEA – A VR Exhibition by Metaphysics featuring artists: Eddie Peake, Florian Meisenberg, Anne de Vries, Rubén Grilo, Jack Strange and Anna K.E. www.metaphysicsvr.com

Art Cologne’s Film Cologne curated by Daata Editions – Schedule (features in bold)

Tuesday, 25 April
12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. A Goth Life & NAUSEA
Wednesday, 26 April
11:00 a.m. – 13:00 p.m. A Goth Life & NAUSEA
13:00 p.m. Sue de Beer, Ghosts, 2011
13:30 p.m. – 15:30 p.m. A Goth Life & NAUSEA
15:30 p.m. David Blandy/Larry Achiampong, Terra-Biters – Mix Tape, 2017 
16:20 p.m. – 18:30 p.m. A Goth Life & NAUSEA
18:30 p.m. – 19:00 p.m. Jacky Connolly, Hudson Valley Ruins, 2016
Thursday, 27 April
11:00 a.m. – 13:00 p.m. A Goth Life
13:00 p.m. – a double bill
Matt Copson, Sob Story, 2016 & Keren Cytter, Metamorphosis, 2015 
13:30 p.m. – 15:20 p.m. A Goth Life
15:20 p.m. – 16:00 p.m. Casey Jane Ellison, UR$, 2016
16:00 p.m. -18:25 p.m. A Goth Life
18:25 p.m. – 19:00 p.m. Leo Gabin, EXIT/ENTRY, 2016
Friday, 28 April
11:00 a.m. – 13:00 p.m. A Goth Life
13:00 p.m. – 14:00 p.m. Rachel Maclean, Feed Me, 2015
14:00 p.m. – 15:00 p.m. A Goth Life
15:00 p.m. – 15:45 p.m. a triple bill
Jillian Mayer & Lucas Leyva, Life and Freaky Times of Uncle Luke, 2012
& Takeshi Murata, OM Rider 2013-14
& Hannah Perry, CRYDAGGERS, 2016

15:45 p.m. – 15:45-p.m. A Goth Life
17:30 p.m. – 19:00 p.m. Scott Reeder, Moon Dust, 2015 
Saturday, 29 April
11:00 a.m. -13:00 p.m. A Goth Life
13:00 p.m. – 13:20 p.m. John Skoog, Nosferatu, 2017 
13:20 p.m. – 15:15 p.m. A Goth Life
15:15 p.m. 15:30 p.m. Chloe Wise, Feral, 2016
15:30 p.m. – 17:40 p.m. A Goth Life
17:40 p.m. – 18:00 p.m. Zadie Xa, Mood Rings, Crystals and Opal Coloured Stones, 2016 

See the full schedule here in the Art Cologne Press Release

Image: Jacky Connolly, Hudson Valley Ruins, 2015 (courtesy the artist)

Daata Editions on Artspace

In Artist, Artspace, Daata, Daata Editions, daataeditions, Digital, Online, Uncategorized, Video on 31/01/2017 at 12:25 pm

 

Daata Editions now available to purchase on Artspace

https://www.artspace.com/partn…

Artists selected:  Larry Achiampong, Casey Jane Ellison, Tracey Emin, Ed Fornieles, Leo Gabin, Scott Lyman, Takeshi Murata, Tameka Norris, Hannah Quinlan & Rosie Hastings, Jacolby Satterwhite, Saya Woolfalk, Zadie Xa.

Daata Editions commissions artists video, sound, poetry and web. Artworks on the website are available to view and acquire as digital downloads in a limited edition.

Daata Playlist:

Larry Achiampong, 1. The Beginning (19 Degrees), 2016

Casey Jane Ellison, Do You Seem Wonderful Casey Automated Private Test (DYSWCAPT) 1, 2016

Tracey Emin, You Must Have Hope, 2016

Ed Fornieles, Electric, 2016

Leo Gabin, Break Up, 2015

Scott Lyman, Pink Empire, 2016

Takeshi Murata, OM Making It Rain, 2015

Tameka Norris, immature tameka, 2016

Hannah Quinlan & Rosie Hastings, Pink Rooms, 2016

Jacolby Satterwhite, En Plein Air Abstraction #4, 2016

Saya Woolfalk, Colour Mixing Machine 6, 2016

Zadie Xa, Deep Space Mathematics // The Transfer of Knowledge 1, 2016

 

Image: Casey Jane Ellison, Do You Seem Wonderful Casey Automated Private Test (DYSWCAPT) 1, 2016

The London Open 2015 – a FAD Q&A with Jane Bustin.

In abstract, Art, Artist, FAD, Gallery, Jane Bustin, London Open, LondonOpen2015, Magazine, Minimal, painting, Whitechapel on 21/07/2015 at 12:34 pm
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Tabitha’s Cape 2014 by Jane Bustin

The London Open 2015 Q&A with artist Jane Bustin. A FAD Magazine Interview

The London Open Whitechapel Gallery’s triennial exhibition has just opened. 48 of the most dynamic and exciting artists have been chosen from an entry of over 2100 and this online interview comes from FAD Magazine …

1. Have you always felt yourself an artist?
Probably after the first week of art school when I realised you could actually just paint all day.

2. Can you tell us more about your work and what are the main ideas you would like to express?
I make abstract formal compositions reflecting on modernism and materiality. & I take influences from 14th century frescos, 15th century Dutch painting, iconography, modernist architecture and design, French modernist literature, dance, fabrics, books, hardware stores, Japanese ceramics, neon signs, cosmetics, sweet wrappers …

My main interest is to create a resonance within the work that goes beyond its material properties.

3. How do you start the process of making work?
The start of the work is always through the choice of materials.

4. Do you consider the viewer, when making your work?
Always and never, since I am primarily the viewer.

5. Name 3 artists that have inspired your work.
Masaccio

Vermeer

Rothko

6. What defines something as a work of art?
When you need to look again and again and something stirs in the pit of your stomach.

7. How was it finding out you had been chosen as part of The London Open?
Satisfying

8. How have you found working with the Whitechapel Gallery on the exhibition?
The curators and assistants have been superb, I have never before as an Artist in a large open exhibition felt so considered, involved and appreciated.

9. What plans do you have to continue to pursue your art career in 2015?
I am looking forward to exhibiting in November at the Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh in a show ‘Resistance and Persistence’ based on an essay by Sean Scully on Giorgio Morandi, including works from both artists.

10. Final Question – if you had £49,000 to buy art who would you invest it in?
Women Artists over the age of 49!

www.janebustin.com

Get more details on The London Open: HERE

Whitechapel Gallery

77-82 Whitechapel High Street, London E1 7QX

Tube: Aldgate East 

http://www.whitechapelgallery.org/

T +44 (0)20 7522 7888 

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The London Open 2015

Galleries 1, 8 & 9

Mon: Closed

Tues, Weds, Fri, Sat, Sun: 11am–6pm

Thurs: 11am–9pm

Hercules Rough Cut by David Blandy at Bloomberg SPACE

In Artist, Bloomberg, Daata, Daata Editions, David Blandy, Hercules, London, Moorgate, Moving Image, Video on 10/07/2015 at 3:40 pm

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David Blandy 
HERCULES : ROUGH CUT
Bloomberg SPACE
50 Finsbury Square
London EC2A 1HD

Exhibition dates: July 10 – September 19, 2015

Hercules Rough Cut, David Blandy’s new commission for Bloomberg SPACE, explores empire, civilisation, London and language in a hypnotically rotating, mutating installation of video and voice. Sound by Larry Achiampong. Curated by Sigrid Kirk.

More information: http://www.bloombergspace.com

David Blandy has artworks now available at Daata Editions http://daata-editions.com