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Daniel Silver EXHIBITED AT THE SAATCHI GALLERY

Woman on The Mountain, Woman in The Mountain,  Head in The Mountain
Daniel Silver
Woman on The Mountain, Woman in The Mountain, Head in The Mountain

2006

Plaster, Wood, and Found Material

Dimensions variable
Daniel Silver’s Woman On The Mountain... is comprised of three sculptures, each one dealing with the formal possibilities of materials. The wooden figures in the work originated as African sculptures which, along with his table bases, were bought from a roadside flea market in Jaffa, Israel; this ethos of recycling or reusing objects to make them his own is integral to his work. By carving figures from the totems, Silver imprints a new identity on existing objects, overlapping his own narratives onto readymade history. Each sculpture is conceived as both an environment and a body.
Woman on The Mountain, Woman in The Mountain,  Head in The Mountain (Detail)
Daniel Silver
Woman on The Mountain, Woman in The Mountain, Head in The Mountain (Detail)

2006

Plaster, Wood, and Found Material

Dimensions variable
Woman on The Mountain, Woman in The Mountain,  Head in The Mountain (Detail)
Daniel Silver
Woman on The Mountain, Woman in The Mountain, Head in The Mountain (Detail)

2006

Plaster, Wood, and Found Material

Dimensions variable
Woman on The Mountain, Woman in The Mountain,  Head in The Mountain (Detail)
Daniel Silver
Woman on The Mountain, Woman in The Mountain, Head in The Mountain (Detail)

2006

Plaster, Wood, and Found Material

Dimensions variable
Woman on The Mountain, Woman in The Mountain,  Head in The Mountain (Detail)
Daniel Silver
Woman on The Mountain, Woman in The Mountain, Head in The Mountain (Detail)

2006

Plaster, Wood, and Found Material

Dimensions variable
Untitled
Daniel Silver
Untitled

2008

Marble, wood, paint

166 x 27 x 33 cm
Drawing from his interest in mythology, Silver’s sculptures convey a sense of timelessness; through their classic aesthetic and illusive narratives, his works engage with the cyclical qualities of history as departure points for making. Untitled was made while working in Italy. The Roman Empire modelled itself on ancient Greece, and its gods and sculptural styles were appropriated from Golden Age civilisation. Untitled poses a marble bust atop a painted wooden plinth, which is in fact a section of beam reclaimed from an old barn in France. With its smooth head and rough hewn ‘body’, the sculpture abstractly takes on animalistic form; a modern-day satyr rendered from layered global histories.
Untitled
Daniel Silver
Untitled

2008

Marble, wood, plaster on wheels

144 x 101 x 81 cm
Silver’s white marble figures are made from discarded sculptures found in Pietrasanta, Carrara. In the area’s quarries and workshops, artisans carve marble sculptures based on classical works; borrowing from this tradition, the slightly contorted appearance of Silver’s marble figures is the result of his carving a new sculpture into the shape of another. This idea of evolution or interconnection is important to his work. “How we live and perceive the world isn’t so different from 1000 years ago,” he explains. This sense of rhythmic or mystical continuity is found in Untitled. A mythological figure, half bird or half human, lies child-like upon an altar, a humble deity or sacred offering, looking wondrously down upon the world.
Untitled
Daniel Silver
Untitled

2008

Marble, wood, plaster, paint

214 x 69 x 52 cm
For centuries Carrera’s famous marble quarries have provided the highest quality stone for great masterpieces such as Michelangelo’s David; this place was both a practical and conceptual inspiration for Silver. During his stay there, Silver learned stone-carving from contemporary masters, and Untitled is one of his first attempts. Slightly awkward and disproportioned – a result of the stone’s original sculpted form rather than his newly learnt skills – the portrait’s subtle flaws accentuate its fragile beauty. Perched on a plinth that crudely replicates the columns of classical Roman architecture, the figure becomes ‘housed’ in, and an embodiment of, a structure denoting her patrician repose. By juxtaposing materials of high and low value and radically differing tactility Silver creates a sensual tension in his work that bridges the exotic and familiar.
Untitled

Untitled

Daniel Silver
Untitled

2010

Black marble, textiles, re-claimed wood

178 x 45 x 45 cms
Silver’s most recent creations don’t rework existing sculptures, but rather use natural materials. In Untitled, the ‘head’ is a piece of black and gold Portoro marble; the base is made from found wood, and the ‘kerchief’ is assembled from collectable fabrics. These organic media each exemplify a certain ideal of perfection. The raw forces of the elements, sublime craftsmanship, or the simple beauty of utilitarian planks each contribute to a notion of value that is based neither in commerce nor aesthetics, but rather in an animistic quality in their physical matter. Untitled emits a sense of profound knowledge from within its modest material form.
Untitled

Untitled

Daniel Silver
Untitled

2010

onyx , fabric, steel

140 x 45 x 45 cms
Similar to the way Silver personalises his plinths to create narrative environments for his sculptures, Untitled is given character and purpose through its ‘wardrobe’. Made from onyx and steel garbed in fabric, Silver’s Untitled stands as a kind of ‘sculpture incognito’: it wears its assembled parts like a costume. Untitled is an abstract composition in its own right, however, its formal qualities are emulated by the suggestion of role, plot, or story. Its geometrical base of polished steel conveys all the mysticism of an ancient obelisk and the utopian future-monuments of modernism. Capped with a meteoric mass of onyx and sporting a rather fetching poncho, its design elegance is comically transformed into a character from another time.
Untitled (Woman)

Untitled (Woman) detail

Daniel Silver
Untitled (Woman)

2010

Marble, wood, plaster, paint

161 x 54 x 53 cm






Other artists in
NEWSPEAK: BRITISH ART NOW

Caroline Achaintre    Tasha Amini    Hurvin Anderson    Maurizio Anzeri    Jonathan Baldock    Anna Barriball    Steve Bishop    Karla Black    Lynette Yiadom Boakye    Pablo Bronstein    Alan Brooks    Carla Busuttil    Nicholas Byrne    Gareth Cadwallader    Juliana Cerqueira Leite    Spartacus Chetwynd    Steven Claydon    Clarisse d'Arcimoles    William Daniels    Matthew Darbyshire    Graham Durward    Tim Ellis    Tom Ellis    Richard Evans    Tessa Farmer    Marcus Foster    Robert Fry    Ximena Garrido-Lecca    Jaime Gili    Nick Goss    Luke Gottelier    Kate Groobey    Anthea Hamilton    Anne Hardy    Gabriel Hartley    Nicholas Hatfull    Iain Hetherington    Alexander Hoda    Sigrid Holmwood    Systems House    James Howard    Graham Hudson    Des Hughes    Dean Hughes    Mustafa Hulusi    Paul Johnson    Edward Kay    Idris Khan    Scott King    Ansel Krut    Peter Linde Busk     littlewhitehead    Alastair MacKinven    Goshka Macuga    Ryan Mosley    Rupert Norfolk    Arif Ozakca    Mark Pearson    Dan Perfect    Peter Peri    Olivia Plender    Henrijs Preiss    Ged Quinn    Clunie Reid    Barry Reigate    Luke Rudolf    Maaike Schoorel    Daniel Silver    David Brian Smith    Renee So    Fergal Stapleton    Clare Stephenson    Caragh Thuring    Phoebe Unwin    Donald Urquhart    Jonathan Wateridge    John Wynne    Toby Ziegler

Daniel Silver's BIOGRAPHY

Daniel Silver
1972
Born in London

Lives and works in London


EDUCATION


1999-2000
MA Fine Art Sculpture, Royal College of Art, London

1995-1999
BA (hons) Fine Art, Slade School of Fine Art, University College London


SOLO EXHIBITIONS


2009
Solo Show, Frieze Art Fair, London, UK
Cabinets #4: Daniel Silver, SE8, London, UK
Lionz in Zion, Galleria Suzy Shammah, Milan, Italy

2008
Making Something Your Own, IBID PROJECTS, London
The Monks, Ancient & Modern, London

2007
Heads, Camden Arts Centre, London
Demos, Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland

2006
Daniel Silver, Galleria Suzy Shammah, Milan, Italy

2005
Daniel Silver, Pescali & Sprovieri Gallery, London

2003
Pailot Project, Gropiusstat, Berlin, Germany
The Buddha and the Chaise Longue, Tal Esther Gallery, Tel-Aviv, Israel

2001
Cake Snake, Sprovieri Gallery, London

1998
Galleri s.e, Bergen, Norway


GROUP EXHIBITIONS



2009
Newspeak: British Art Now, State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg, Russia;
Saatchi Gallery, London, UK *
Remap2, Athens, Greece
Milestone, Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh, UK; Yorkshire Sculpture Park,
Wakefield, UK

2008
Groap Show, IBID PROJECTS (Hoxton Sq), London
The Krautcho Club, Forgotten Bar Project, Berlin, Germany
In Silence, Rothschild 69, Tel Aviv, Israel
ART TLV, Tel Aviv, Israel. Curated by Andrew Renton
M25 Sobre Londres, CCA Andratx, Mallorca, Spain. Curated by Barry Schwabsky
Origins, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill, USA (exh. cat.)
A Colour Box, Arcade, London
Sculpture Trail, Grieder Contemporary, Küsnacht, Switzerland
A Life of their Own, Lismore Castle, Lismore, Ireland (exh. cat.). Curated by Richard Cork

2007
Boys Craft, Haifa Museum of Art, Haifa, Israel (exh. cat.)
Strange Weight, Martos Gallery, New York, USA
Out, Still & Kicking, Givon Art Gallery, Tel-Aviv, Israel

2006
Getting on Mother’s Nerves, Mother’s Tank Station, Dublin, Ireland
Sleep of Ulro, A Foundation, Liverpool
Heads: Jimmie Durham, Tim Hawkinson, Ilya Kabakov, Jannis Kounells, Mike Nelson and others Pescalli & Sprovieri, London
Summerise, Givon Gallery, Tel-Aviv, Israel
Ten of the Best, Tal Esther Gallery, Tel-Aviv, Israel
Israel Museum of Art, Jerusalem, Israel (exh. cat.)

2005
London in Zurich, Hauser & Wirth, Zurich, Switzerland. Curated by Gregor
Muir (exh. cat.)
WE, Eline Mcgeorge, Daniel Silver, Neues Problem Gallery, Berlin, Germany
Both of Them, Moshe Gershuni, Daniel Silver, Givon Gallery; Tal Esther Gallery, Tel-Aviv, Israel
30+, Neues Problem Gallery, Berlin, Germany

2004
Bloomberg Art School, Bloomberg Space, London
25 Drawings - 25 Artists, The Drawing Gallery, London
The Possibility of Experiencing the Death of Others, One in the Other, London
Pets, Time for Art, Tel-Aviv, Israel
Frigid Atmosphere, Tal Esther Gallery, Tel-Aviv, Israel

2003
Home Show, Neta Eshel, Caesarea, Israel
Fire Flies, Tal Esther Gallery Tel-Aviv, Israel
Young Israeli Art, the Jacques and Eugenie O’hana Collection, Tel-Aviv Museum
of Art, Israel (exh. cat.)

2002
Artic 4, Gania Schreiber University Art Gallery Tel-Aviv, Israel

2001
Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2001, selected by Jennifer Higgie, Mike Nelson and Chris Ofili, Camden Arts Centre London; Sunderland Museum, (exh. cat.)
Artic 3, Gania Schreiber University Art Gallery Tel-Aviv, Israel

2000
Design Exhibition Centre, commission for Holland Park, London
Assembly, Stepney City, London(exh. cat.)
Two in One, Camden Lofts, London

1998
We Have Moved, 23 Edis Street, London

1997
Macro land, Das Semper-Depot, Vienna, Austria
Tramway Video Festival, Glasgow

1996
Free Beer, Shooting Gallery, London
A Big Deal, Big Issue HQ, London