Everything that is visible hides something that is invisible. -René Magritte
Leo Koenig Inc. Projekte is pleased to present “Flying Pictures,” an exhibition of photographs by the artist Daniel Gordon. This coincides with the release of a book of the same name, published by powerHouse Books. In addition, Daniel Gordon?s more recent work is currently on view at the MoMA as part of the exhibit “New Photography 2009.”
On the snowy fields of New York’s Hudson Valley and on the rocky coasts of the Bay Area in Northern California, artist Daniel Gordon taught himself to fly?if only for 1/125th of a second at a time. The images are both landscapes and documents of a radical performance, for each photograph records the artist?s body hovering in midair. Romantic and piercing, the images convey a fleeting moment of grace, never betraying the Sisyphean task of human flight Gordon had set out for himself.
Daniel Gordon created this series of photographs early on, beginning nearly 10 years ago, while he was still an undergraduate at Bard College. The pictures were made without digital manipulation?Gordon literally ‘flew’ just long enough to capture himself on film, looking tranquil and confident in his midair pose. It soon becomes impossible however, to look at the pictures without imagining the artist?s inevitable post-shutter collision with the landscape.
Daniel Gordon received a BA from Bard College in 2004, and an MFA from Yale School of Art in 2006. His photographs have been exhibited in solo shows at Zach Feuer Gallery in New York City, Angstrom Gallery in Dallas, and Groeflin Maag Gallery in Zurich. His work has also been shown at the CCS Galleries at Bard College and the Gallery 400 at the University of Illinois. Gordon was recently a Visiting Lecturer in the photography department at Sarah Lawrence College.