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SELECTED WORKS BY Sean Dack

Los Angeles Helicopter
Sean Dack
Los Angeles Helicopter

2007

Digital C-print

76.2 x 111.8 cm
In spite of everything – the existence of Photoshop and montage, the common use of post-production filters, the ease of deletion and tweaking – there is a residual belief that photography still ought to do what it was invented to do: that is, represent, as faithfully as possible, visual reality. Our surprise at a photograph’s ability to deceive seems perpetual. We never learn. Sean Dack’s work operates within that murky territory of photographic unfaithfulness, taking as its source images that really ought to co-operate, like CCTV footage.
Rearranging the integrity of the source image through a custom script, Dack’s images develop unpredictable glitches and impurities that take on an unexpected beauty, much as conventional printmaking makes use of the ‘happy accident’.
Building (Hotel)
Sean Dack
Building (Hotel)

2008

Digital C-print

96.5 x 76.2 cm
In Dack’s CCTV #2, an image of architectural structures lit by the aquatic green of night vision footage is interrupted by a series of striated glitches that transform the camera’s indifferent eye into an aesthetic device – an interpreter, not a transcriber. That Dack’s source images employ the unblinking eye of political authority as tokens of an archive of power (missile tests, police helicopters) makes his inversions of fidelity discreetly subversive.
The conversion involved – from a disembodied image on a screen to a laboriously printed object – is part of Dack’s elegant reversal of the photograph’s function, the virtual estranged, made real.
CCTV #2
Sean Dack
CCTV #2

2007

Digital C-print

113 x 76.2 cm
Unmarked CIA Plane
Sean Dack
Unmarked CIA Plane

2008

Digital C-print

76.2 x 113 cm
Jigsaw
Sean Dack
Jigsaw

2007

Digital C-print

76.2 x 91.4 cm
West Coast Missile Test
Sean Dack
West Coast Missile Test

2007

Digital C-print

76.2 x 91.4 cm
Untitled
Sean Dack
Untitled

2008

Consumer electronics encased in rubber

43.8 x 25.4 x 36.2 cm
Untitled
Sean Dack
Untitled

2008

Consumer electronics encased in rubber

43.2 x 35.6 x 34.3 cm
Futuresongs: 1983...

Futuresongs: 1983...

Sean Dack
Futuresongs: 1983...

2006

C-print

61 x 47.5 cm
Futuresongs: 1985...

Futuresongs: 1985...

Sean Dack
Futuresongs: 1985...

2006

C-print

61 x 47.5 cm
Futuresongs: 1986...

Futuresongs: 1986...

Sean Dack
Futuresongs: 1986...

2006

C-print

61 x 47.5 cm
Futuresongs: 1989...

Futuresongs: 1989...

Sean Dack
Futuresongs: 1989...

2006

C-print

61 x 47.5 cm
Futuresongs: 1993...
Sean Dack
Futuresongs: 1993...

2006

C-print

61 x 47.5 cm
Futuresongs: 1995...

Futuresongs: 1995...

Sean Dack
Futuresongs: 1995...

2006

C-print

61 x 47.5 cm
Futuresongs: 1997...

Futuresongs: 1997...

Sean Dack
Futuresongs: 1997...

2006

C-print

61 x 47.5 cm
Futuresongs: 1998...

Futuresongs: 1998...

Sean Dack
Futuresongs: 1998...

2006

C-print

61 x 47.5 cm
Futuresongs: 2000...

Futuresongs: 2000...

Sean Dack
Futuresongs: 2000...

2006

C-print

61 x 47.5 cm
Text by Ben Street

Sean Dack's BIOGRAPHY

Sean  Dack
Born in 1976, Albany, NY
Lives and works in New York, NY



SOLO EXHIBITIONS


2011
21st Century Dub Dub, Fitzroy Gallery, New York
Double Exposure, Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart

2010
Sean Dack (with Ethan Breckenridge), The Suburban, Chicago

2009
Ghost Hardware, Daniel Reich Gallery, New York
Echo/ Repeat, Fredric Snitzer Gallery, Miami

2008
Ghost Hardware, Daniel Reich Gallery, New York, NY
Echo/ Repeat, Fredric Snitzer Gallery, Miami, FL

2007
Future Songs, Daniel Reich Gallery, New York, NY
Loss and Recovery/Vovoid, Hiromi Yoshii Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

2006
Twilight Town, Moore Space, Miami FL
Diminished Returns/Innocent Eyes, David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2004
Sean Dack, Daniel Reich Gallery, New York, NY
Dwell Time, Southfirst:art, Brooklyn, NY

2003
Sean Dack and Liam Gillick, A Film, A Clip, A Documentary, Corvi-Mora, London, England

2002
Fresh & Upcoming, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt, Germany (project space)
No Encore, Southfirst:art, Brooklyn, NY


GROUP EXHIBITIONS


2012
DATA TRASH, I-20 Gallery, New York
Image Transfer, Newcomb Art Gallery, Tulane University, New Orleans

2011
Image Transfer, Center for Art, Design, and Visual Culture, Baltimore
Alive She Cried, Galerie Zink, Berlin
The Digital Eye: Photographic Art in the Electronic Age, Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle
The Shape We’re In (London), 176/ Zabludowicz Collection, London
The Shape We’re In (New York), Zabludowicz Collection/1500 Broadway, New York
Common Love, Miriam and Ira Wallach Gallery, Columbia University

2010
Bowry Lane, Charles Bank Gallery, New York
Image Transfer, Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle
Data Mining-Artist Constructs, Averill and Bernard Leviton A+D Gallery, Columbia College, Chicago

2009
Systematic, 176 / Zabludowicz Collection, London
Seeing Voices: The Visual Voice, Rutgers University Art Gallery, Camden
The Library of Babel / In and Out of Place, 176 / Zabludowicz Collection, London,
Oneshot, Allmänna Gallery, Stockholm
Oneshot, Werkstette, Copenhagen
Vortexhibition Polyphonica, Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, SeattleRave Simulation, And/Or Gallery, Dallas
Walk By Movies, curated by Linda Norden, James Gallery, The Graduate Center of The City University of New York Bilder For Boatin, curated by Dirk Skreber, Silver Shed, New York

2008
SHOT SPOT, Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington
Crossroads. Interfaces between Rock Music and Contemporary Art, Domus Artium Museum, Salamanca
The Future as Disruption, The Kitchen, New York
Selected Works, Southfirst:art, Brooklyn
Cube Passerby, Gavin Brown’s Passerby, New York
The Hidden, Maureen Paley, London
Uncertain States of America, Songzhuan Art Center, Beijing


2007
Uncertain States of America, Galerie Rudolfinum, Prague
Deaf II “From the Audible to the Visible”, Frank Elbaz Gallery, Paris, Curated by Peter Coffin
Uncertain States of America, Le Musee de Serignan, Serignan, France
9 or 10 Works I Used To Like, In No Order, Monitor Video and Contemporary Art, Rome
Landscapes, Southfirst:Art, Brooklyn
Uncertain States of America, The Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw
Uncertain States of America, Herning Kunstmuseum, Denmark
Uncertain States of America - American Video Art in the 3rd Millennium, Moscow Biennial, Moscow

2006
Uncertain States of America, Reykjavik Art Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland
Surviving Paranoia , Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill, NY
Thank You For The Music (London Beat), Galerie Sprueth Magers Lee, London, UK
Endless Summer, Westlondonproject, London, UK
Manhattan Project, Fredric Snitzer Gallery, Miami, FL

2005
Thank You For The Music, Galerie Sprueth Magers, Munich, Germany
The Uncertain States of America, Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo, Norway
Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, Serpentine Gallery, London, UK
Reykjavik Art Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland Curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Daniel Birnbaum, and Gunnar B. Kvaran,
There’s a City In My Mind Southfirst:art, Brooklyn, NY

2004
Works on Paper, Mixture Contemporary Art, Houston, TX
Trailer, Man in the Holoscene, London, UK, curated by Tom Morton and Catherine Patha. w/ Liam Gillick
Sadie Hawkins Dance, Summer Group Show, Southfirst:art, Brooklyn, NY
Music Box, White Box, New York
Glad Day, Foxy Productions, New York
Standard Projection: Weather/Traffic, Standard Hotel, Los Angeles, CA, curated by Loren Mindak and Art Production Fund

2003
Sean Dack and Liam Gillick, A Film, A Clip, A Documentary, Corvi-Mora, London
New York Fucking City, Southfirst:art, Brooklyn, NY
Electric Body, Cite de la Musique, Paris, France

2002
Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt, Germany
Escape, Egizio’s Project, New York, NY
Paris/Brooklyn, Brooklyn/Paris, Galerie Anton Weller, Paris, France
Music Box, White Box, New York
Columbia University MFA Thesis Show, May 2002 , New York, NY
Dark Spring, curated by Nicolaus Schafhausen in cooperation with Liam Gillick Ursula Blickle Stiftung, Kraichtal, Germany
Layer Immaterial, Leroy Nieman Center for Print Studies, New York, NY

2001
Welcome to the Playground of the Fearless, Entropy, Brooklyn, NY
Flight, Southfirst Gallery, curated by Southfirst & Flug, Vienna, Brooklyn, NY
Columbia University First Year MFA Show, , curated by Jerry Saltz, Miriam & Ira D. Wallach Gallery, New York, NY
Workspheres, the Museum of Modern Art in conjunction with LOT/ek architecture, New York, NY
Surround 5.1, curated by Arto Linsay, Tonic, New York, NY

2000
GotoASA.org Benefit Art Auction, , curated by James Fuentes and Seth McBride, Angel Orensanz Foundation,
New York, NY
Open Space, 30 artists in 60 days, James Fuentes Gallery, New York, NY