DAN REES
FЯENCH CЯICKET
11 September – 23 October 2010

"My idea is for an animation to act as a focus of a thesis, I thought of a young frog named Charles who has a melancholy donkey as a best friend, this frog likes to pass his time playing French cricket, reading extensively (poetry) and is prone to bouts of solitude, (pond)erings and passionate longings, if only he had an outlet for his thoughts... how far could these scrawny legs take him?

I like French Cricket as a title to add a bit exoticism, like French bread is better than just bread, or a French kiss is nicer than a German or even an English kiss. Here the French represents doing something wrong, someone playing cricket that looks so wrong and messed up it must be French.

Interstellar Activity is a state of being after having drunk many many cans of Stella Artois, your head spins on a axis and for a moment you feel free from the shackles and chains, free from the internal conflict between what you believe in and what you are forced to accept, between your ideas and dreams and the dead forms and phantoms, between your gut desires and what you eat…until of course it wears off and you lose all comfort and joy of life."
– Dan Rees.

Dan Rees (b. 1982 Swansea, U.K.), lives and works in Berlin. Rees studied at the Staatliche Hochschule fur Bildende Künste Städelschule, Frankfurt am Main 2007-9, and graduated from Camberwell College of Arts, London in 2004.

Recent solo exhibitions include: ‘Dan Rees’, Zinger Presents, Amsterdam (2010); ‘They Don’t Make Them Like This Anymore’, T293, Naples (2009); ‘Dan Rees / Fredrik Værslev - Shelf Paintings (Pottery in October)’, Standard (Oslo) (2009); ‘Junk On a Thing’, Johan Berggren Gallery, Malmö (2009); Art Statements, Art 40 Basel (with T293, Naples)(2009). 

Recent group exhibitions include: ‘Exhibition, Exhibition’ (curated by Adam Carr), Castello di Rivoli, Turin (2010); ‘Before and After’, Balice Hertling (2010), Paris; ‘A Very, Very Long Cat’, Wallspace Gallery, New York (2010); ‘Berlin Los Angeles A Tale of Two (other) Cities’Massimo De Carlo, Milan (2010); ‘Richard Prince and the Revolution’, ProjecteSD, Barcelona (curated by Jonathan Monk) (2009); ‘Without’, Galerie Yvon Lambert, Paris (2009); ‘Some Time Waiting’, Kadist Art Foundation, Paris (2009).

See other works by Dan Rees.


Dan Rees
‘French Cricket’, 2010



Dan Rees
‘French Cricket’, 2010
(installation view at Tanya Leighton Gallery, Berlin)



Dan Rees
‘French Cricket’, 2010
(installation view at Tanya Leighton Gallery, Berlin)



Dan Rees
‘French Cricket’, 2010
(installation view at Tanya Leighton Gallery, Berlin)



Dan Rees
‘Stripey Pads’, 2010
5 Cricket pads, spray paint
62 x 24 x 10 cm (each)
Unique
REES-2010-0069



Dan Rees
‘Stripey Pads’, 2010
5 Cricket pads, spray paint
62 x 24 x 10 cm (each)
Unique
REES-2010-0069
(detail)



Dan Rees
‘Artex Painting 1’, 2010
Oil on canvas
82 x 62 cm
Unique
REES-2010-0071



Dan Rees
‘Artex Painting 2’, 2010
Oil on canvas
82 x 62 cm
Unique
REES-2010-0072



Dan Rees
‘Artex Painting 3’, 2010
Oil on canvas
113 x 82.5 cm
Unique
REES-2010-0073



Dan Rees
‘Artex Painting 4’, 2010
Oil on cavnas
82 x 62 cm
Unique
REES-2010-0074



Dan Rees
‘Red Dream’, 2010
Chair, clay, pants, t-shirt
85 x 58 x 52 cm
Unique
REES-2010-0070



Dan Rees
‘Clay Garden’, 2010
Cricket pad, clay, vases, plasticine
57 (H) x 57 (L) x 24 (W) cm
Unique
REES-2010-0066



Dan Rees
‘Totem for David I.G.’, 2010
Wooden post, dishes, record player, clay, beer bottle, glasses, plasticine, cricket ball
Unique
REES-2010-0067



Dan Rees
‘Totem for David I.G.’, 2010
Wooden post, dishes, record player, clay, beer bottle, glasses, plasticine, cricket ball
Unique
REES-2010-0067
(detail)



Dan Rees
‘Rope’, 2010
Cricket rope, Kitchen
78.5 cm x 79.5 cm (R); 94.5 x 69.5 cm (L); 220 m (Length of rope)
Unique
REES-2010-0068



Dan Rees
‘Shalom Shalom’, 2010
Framed c-print, marker
43 x 32 cm (framed)
Edition of 3
REES-2010-0076