A medida do tempo das coisas: Daniel Malva
Private View 7 November 2015
8 November 2015 - 7 February 2016
Solar da Marquesa de Santos
Rua Roberto Simonsen, 136
São Paulo SP
Artist Daniel Malva presents the solo exhibition A medida do tempo das coisas (The Measure of the Time of Things) at Solar da Marquesa, São Paulo, Brazil, addressing the relationship between death/time, interweaving past and present. The show features 24 new photographs from his most recent series OJardim, alongside works that compose his previous series, Museu de História Natural (Natural History Museum), exhibited in Brazil and abroad, in venues such as, among others, Shoot Gallery, Oslo and Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, London.
Holding degrees in Biology and in Mechatronics, Malva crosses the boundaries between photography, science and art, creating unique works that merge historical and contemporary techniques and using technology as an artifact in the service of technical research and artistic creation. “Between the processes of finding, assimilating and retaining, the image takes shape, and by employing poetics I mould the direction that the technique should follow in my production.”
OJardim: Created in the first half of 2014, the series consists of 24 images produced using large (13x18cm) and medium (6x7cm) format Sinar cameras, with a lens constructed by the artist with optical glass. Over the period of one year, Malva visited human anatomy laboratories to compile images, which adopt image archetypes, comprising a mix of future and past, manifested in the memories of who we once were and in projections of that which awaits us.
“It seeks to highlight our relationship with death/time, and the relentless pursuit to ascertain who is the cultivator of this immense garden and what are the reasons for our existence. The heart of the matter is how we waste energy in vain trying to create an antidote to erase the bitter taste of being subject to the brevity of this time interval, this beginning and end, posed by the great ‘vivarium', to which we belong”, he says. “Here I intend to propose a break to this sense of eternal present wherein we no longer distinguish between past, present and future. Seeking to mitigate the side effects of living with this sense of loss, reminding us of the journey that is life. To remember that everything is related to our stay in this 'garden', and all that matters is what we bequeath after we have gone.”
As in previous series, the notion of time, of man’s relationship with nature and the inescapability of death are central elements which recur in Malva’s works.“Perhaps the greatest agony of man is to reflect and conclude that we live a short life adrift in this immeasurable constant (time), which will continue to move forward without us upon our departure. Many seek in vain to move in the opposite direction; I try to pacify this feeling by creating capsules of memories, by cataloguing, researching.”
Museu de História Natural (Natural History Museum): Museu de História Natural is a series that presents hybrid concepts ranging from ecology and taxonomy to subjective and emotional issues, arising from the way the images are displayed. Produced with a digital camera with reprogrammed software to create a distinct palette of colors, and with a lens made from waste material (a plastic shampoo bottle and a spectacle lens used to correct the focal length), this work has a unique effect on the viewer, “as if he had his head with a white sheet, like a ghost walking down a vast, cavernous hall, and the resulting distortion how far we have moved away from nature. Although each of the works evinces similarities, it is precisely the blurred vision that represents our ignorance in prioritizing that which is not absolutely necessary, that which is not true.”
“With these images I wanted to present our end, our death. I aim to show that we are disappearing, ceasing to exist at every disastrous action performed in the world. For me it’s not the images that have a tenuous, insubstantial quality, but our eyes which have lost the ability to see. This museum is an instant of the future we are creating every day, as we cultivate our inability to understand and see what is around us”, concludes Malva.
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