JDJ is thrilled to present Chamber of Ultimate Solution, Daniel Giordano’s debut solo exhibition with the gallery.
This exhibition runs concurrently with Giordano’s solo exhibition Love From Vicki Island at Mass MoCA in North Adams, MA, on view through December 2023.
Excerpted from the exhibition’s text, Curator Susan Cross writes:
"Daniel Giordano finds much of the material for his provocative and playful sculptures on the streets of Newburgh, New York, and on the banks of the nearby Hudson River or the train tracks that run alongside it.
Daniel Giordano, Cannoli (The Grip of Goran), 2016-2021, 24K gold leaf, acrylic paint, ceramic, contact lens, cork, dog ticks, epoxy, eyeshadow, faux fur, fibered aluminum coating, hardware, leather, lichen, marine foam, Megan Murphy Martinez’s hair, milk paint, Murano glass, peat, pigment, sewing machine needle, sewing machine timing belt, sparklers, steel, Tang drink mix, tennis ball, tennis racket grommet, tennis racket string, thread spool, 20 x 23 x 21 in
Daniel Giordano, Fact VII: A Rose is a Rose is a Rose (Giordano), 2022, Acrylic polymer emulsion, bath towels, glitter, hardware, my hair, oil-based paint, pigment, plywood, pomade, rubber, tire, water caltrop, 33 x 30 1/2 x 13 3/4 in
An amalgamation of industrial and natural elements, his eclectic assemblages evoke creatures from some apocalyptic fantasy, but for the artist they truthfully reflect how he sees himself and his milieu: his family, the myths and mores of his Italian-American heritage, and the social, economic, and environmental realities of the gritty postindustrial city he calls home.
Daniel Giordano, Pleasure Pipe LXXXII, 2022-2023, 23.75 karat gold, ceramic, epoxy, glass, hardware, pigment, pomade, 4 3/4 x 2 1/2 x 3 1/4 in
Giordano works in his family’s now-defunct factory, where he has taken over the third floor of the former Vicki Clothing Company, founded by his grandfather and named for his aunt. The studio — which the artist calls “Vicki Island” — overflows with memories as well as remnants of the previous enterprise: sewing machines, rolls of fabric, giant spools of thread, even piles of decades-old dust.
Daniel Giordano, Pleasure Pipe LXXVI, 2021-2022, Ceramic, epoxy, fish spine, hardware, pigment, shellac, sparkler, 9 x 1 3/4 x 4 1/2 in
Daniel Giordano, Cannoli (Adelaida), 2020-2023, Ceramic, coco coir, glitter, hardware, horseshoes, linseed oil wax, perlite, phosphorescent acrylic, pomade, PVC primer, silicone, steel coat hanger, water caltrops, wool, 27 x 3 1/2 x 4 1/2 in
They bring to mind the assemblages of predecessors such as George Herms and Bruce Conner, with subtle but rich social commentary embedded in the materials and in their juxtapositions. Yet Giordano’s influences range far and wide, from the works of Francis Bacon and Paul McCarthy, to Japanese art of the Edo Period, Samurai culture, and an Etruscan chariot."
Daniel Giordano, Study for Brother as My Luck Dragon, 2016-2023, Aluminum, bison bladder, cattails, cement, ceramic, Christmas tree garland, cow teeth, duct tape residue, dye, epoxy, glass, glitter, gourds, hardware, hosiery, jackfruit rind, jade plant, lead fishing sinker, limestone, marble, oil-based clay, oil-based paint, panforte margherita, permanent ink, phosphorescent acrylic, pigment, plastic wrap, pomade, PVC cement, rubber, sand, shellac, silicone, stones, Tang drink mix, tennis ball, Tiger Balm, urinal cake, water gel beads, wool, 31 1/2 x 14 x 12 in
Daniel Giordano (b. 1988) lives and works in Newburgh, NY. Recent solo exhibitions include MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA; Ann Street Gallery, Newburgh, NY; the Rosenberg Gallery, Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY; Wil Aballe Art Projects, BC, Canada; and Sardine, Brooklyn, NY. Recent group exhibitions include Helena Anrather, New York, NY; The Hyde Collection, Glens Falls, NY; The Dorsky Museum, SUNY New Paltz, NY; Fortnight Institute, New York, NY; CLEA RSKY Offsite Project, LeRoy Neiman Gallery, Columbia University, New York, NY; Zürcher Gallery, New York, NY; Fridman Gallery, New York, NY; Barns Art Center, East Fishkill, NY; JDJ, New York, NY; and Anonymous Gallery, New York, NY, among others.