DAN REES
VENTRICLES
28 June - 30 July 2011
Galerie Andreas Huber, Vienna
In the exhibition 'Ventricles' Galerie Andreas Huber presents three interrelated work groups of the British artist Dan Rees (born 1982) from 29 June - 30 July 2011.

Starting point is 'Swansea', a series of fourteen photographs (45 x55 cm), which Dan Rees took in Swansea in South Wales. Swansea is a town that, like many other cities in the globalised world, barely differs from other urban environments, and is characterized by the signs of deficiency of the post-industrial era. Dan Rees confines himself to conventional perspectives and frontal images. He employs an amateurish, documentary style, which in its sobriety, correlates with the town’s character. In the pictures people are shown as passive, limp subjects who are not actively in touch with their surrounding, but are drifting, neither establishing a relationship with, nor shaping their environment. The photographs, however, show obvious traces of an intervention: scratches and shadows are a proof for their analogue development. Manual labour becomes the core aspect of involvement in "Plasticine Painting". Hand- and fingerprints refer to the specific treatment of the material. Like in 'Swansea', Dan Rees here too shows the "handicraft" and production process, with it he underlines the haptic dimension of his artistic examination. His pictures and sculptures obtain a subtle corporeality, and simultaneously question overly rigorous definitions of labour, media limitations and disciplines. In his series 'Animals', the artist takes up methods of science and knowledge production and makes these the topic of his work. His photographs of dissected cats and dogs are printed on canvas and transparent plastic, and are stretched across the base of showcases resp. applied on their sides. Dan Rees directs the view to mostly unnoticed tools of classic representation and highlights their role as carrier resp. producers of meaning.

For the title of his show, he picks a scientific medical term. 'Ventricles' refers directly to the dissected carcasses. But Dan Rees is not only to be understood in a literal way. In his work, to open one’s heart, to break open and display, to expose the core refer in particular to the art context. The 'Swansea' series is also a portrait of his hometown; the plasticine surfaces bear his fingerprints. Commercialization of personality, the exploitation of an alleged exoticism of origin, fate, and artistic genius are very popular in the art world. 'Ventricles' promises a deep insight.

Dan Rees
'Swansea 2', 2011
63.6 x 53.2 cm
Edition of 1 + 1AP



Dan Rees
'Swansea 5', 2011
63.6 x 53.2 cm
Edition of 1 + 1AP



Dan Rees
'Swansea 7', 2011
63.6 x 53.2 cm
Edition of 1 + 1AP



Dan Rees
'Swansea 8', 2011
63.6 x 53.2 cm
Edition of 1 + 1AP



Dan Rees
'Swansea 9', 2011
63.6 x 53.2 cm
Edition of 1 + 1AP



Dan Rees
'Swansea 11', 2011
63.6 x 53.2 cm
Edition of 1 + 1AP



Dan Rees
'Swansea 12', 2011
63.6 x 53.2 cm
Edition of 1 + 1AP



Dan Rees
'Swansea 13', 2011
63.6 x 53.2 cm
Edition of 1 + 1AP



Dan Rees, 'Verticles'
Galerie Andreas Huber, Vienna, 2011
(installation view)



Dan Rees, 'Verticles'
Galerie Andreas Huber, Vienna, 2011
(installation view)



Dan Rees, 'Verticles'
Galerie Andreas Huber, Vienna, 2011
(installation view)



Dan Rees, 'Verticles'
Galerie Andreas Huber, Vienna, 2011
(installation view)



Dan Rees, 'Verticles'
Galerie Andreas Huber, Vienna, 2011
(installation view)