Daniel Giordano
2021 AIM Fellow 

Daniel Giordano (he/him) earned an MFA from the University of Delaware. He has had solo exhibitions at the Rosenberg Gallery, Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY; Wil Aballe Art Projects, BC, Canada; and Sardine, Brooklyn, NY. Group exhibitions include JDJ, New York, NY; Anonymous, New York, NY; Mother, Beacon, NY; and Baba Yaga, Hudson, NY. Giordano's work has been featured in Sculpture Magazine, Artsy, Whitehot Magazine, Canadian Art, The New York Times, Cultured Magazine, and Art Spiel. He will have a solo exhibition at MASS MoCA in 2023.

 

Artist Statement

My sculptures are inspired by the Hudson Highlands in upstate New York, specifically Newburgh, where I grew up. The city of Newburgh, once a booming industrial hub, now subsists as a gritty husk of its former opulence. Situated on the city’s main artery is my grandfather’s former garment factory, in which I make artwork amongst dust-laden coats and sewing machines. I make sculptures that range from intimate ceramic objects to large-scale constructions. Along the shore of the Hudson River, I glean natural materials and castoffs of the city’s industrial heyday. Once I bring these elements into my workspace, I combine them with factory relics, ceramics, and cast metal components I produce en masse. I implement surface treatments, often derived from the substances I apply topically, ingest, and excrete upon. For example, I often employ Tiger Balm, deep-fried batter, and urinal cake in my work. These materials have a personal connection to me and evoke distinct memories. I immortalize them with a thorough drenching of various resins. I categorize my sculptures into veins of work. Each vein contains a specific material makeup and consistent form. My output is informed by my Italian ancestry, loved ones, and locale.

 

Contact

  www.danielgiordano.xyz

  @danieljgiordano

 

Credits

Images courtesy the artist.

Hoof I, 2019–2020. Acrylic house paint, canned tomatoes, cattails, deep-fried batter, epoxy, fibered aluminum coating, gallon paint can lid, hardware, iron quartzite, marble, Northeast Fast-Dry tennis court surface, oil-based clay, polyurethane, vitamin B12, wood, wood stain. 83H x 41W x 23D in. Photo: Ernesto Eisner

My Mon Calamari V, 2015–2021. Acrylic paint, aluminum, arborio rice, artificial hog hoof, cable ties, cattails, ceramic, Christmas bell, deep-fried batter, deer leg, Dior lipstick, epoxy, glitter, hardware, hosiery, oil-based clay, permanent ink, pomade, pigment, reactive metallic paint, Northeast Fast-Dry tennis court surface, rope, silicon, shellac, sticky note, Tang drink mix, tennis balls, wax. 35.5 x 17 x 11 in. Photo: Ernesto Eisner

Pleasure Pipe L, 2019-2021. Acrylic varnish, ceramic, epoxy, hardware, Murano glass, plastic wrap, shellac, vitamin B12. 12.5 x 6 x 5 in. Photo: Ernesto Eisner

 

Self-Portrait 150 Years From Now, 2018-2019. Moisturizing face mask, cuttlefish ink, dust, acrylic polymer emulsion, urinal cake, epoxy, wire hanger. 15.5 x 12 x 7 in. Photo: Wil Aballe Art Projects

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