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Daniel Calder

artist  |  Daniel Calder

Richmond

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Daniel Calder is an American artist currently living and working in Richmond, Virginia. His body of works spans across a range of different media including site-specific installations, viewer interactive constructs, performance, video, and sculpture. 'Blackboards are not typically a vehicle for personal expression. More commonly, they are used to disseminate knowledge to a broader audience. They are a window to specialised information - an educational tool. The blackboards in this ... Read more
Daniel Calder is an American artist currently living and working in Richmond, Virginia.

His body of works spans across a range of different media including site-specific installations, viewer interactive constructs, performance, video, and sculpture.

'Blackboards are not typically a vehicle for personal expression. More commonly, they are used to disseminate knowledge to a broader audience. They are a window to specialised information - an educational tool. The blackboards in this series serve both functions. They feature elements from our civic memory and act as a receptacle for the thoughts, feelings, or perhaps even indiscretions of viewers. I am providing the first half of an equation and inviting the visitors to finish the experience – blurring the line between artist, art, and audience. In this series - the blackboard icon is used to reexamine some of what we know about some of our most familiar historical figures, myths, and cultural phenomena. Our understanding of which should not stop at elementary school.

The impetus for this series is my own sense of confusion when confronted with the discord between what we are taught and what seems to be the case. Or perhaps what we are not taught - our selective collective memory. It seems to run parallel to our individual efforts to control the story of our own lives and personas. My images are intended to use some humour and discord to encourage the viewer to reconsider… everything. Though the preexisting images are permanent, chalk and erasers can be provided for viewers to add or take away from the information - rewriting history or providing their own. In the end, even in the gallery setting - not even the artist's voice will have the last say.' Read less
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