Daniel Bragin

Selected works by Daniel Bragin

Daniel Bragin
Bedtime Story


Glass and PVC strings

Approx: 25 x 240 x 210 cm
In his sculptures Daniel Bragin creates unpredictable, awkward material juxtapositions; conveying an utterly deadpan economy of means, they also stand as slightly tongue-in-cheek objects celebrating a child-like joy in making.
The windshield glass and PVC strings that compose Bedtime Story are almost opposites in the artist’s view. We associate shattered glass with car accidents, violence against shops and social riots, but here, sheets of it have uncannily been patched and finished off with candy-coloured plastic threads, the same kind that children use to make friendship bracelets. The resulting fusion of the two elements is a strangely innocent but uncomforting, even nightmarish, sheet or ‘blanket’, an alluring visual oxymoron “leaving a trace of cold gaiety, perhaps even in the eyes of the child”.
“I enjoy putting mundane objects and commonplace materials to use,” the artist explains. “The fine-tuning of each visual element and the selection/combination of details allows the familiarity to remain, whilst creating a strikingly new metaphorical interpretation.”
Daniel Bragin
The Lady


PVC filled with sand

25 x 60 x 180 cm
The sagging body of his life-size Lady (2010) is made out of PVC filled with sand, but its black shiny surface could suggest something like tar or mercury, shifting shapes according to gravity. Displayed in various positions – on the floor, recumbent on stairs – “‘it’ is forced to take the shape of the given surface, meekly adapting to the circumstances.” Another slightly sinister, hybrid silhouette, like the piled up folds of Bedtime Story, it is an object that can be read on several narrative levels at once, despite its seeming initial simplicity.

Text by Lupe Nùñez-Fernández

Daniel Bragin's Biography

Daniel Bragin
Born in 1981, Moscow
Lives and works in London and Amsterdam


Kurni Kurato. Berlin Germany
Saatchi Gallery, Dead: A Clebration Of Mortality, London UK
Lychee one Gallery Elswhere, London UK
Neu West Gallery, Berlin Germany

Walls. Pushkin House. London UK
RCA Secret 2014. London UK
In The Flesh OSB Gallery. Tonbridge Kent UK

Winter Projects Heygate Estate. London UK
Solo Show - Bosse&Baum SLUSH. London UK
Kristin Hjellegjerde Arteco gallery. London UK
RCA Graduate Show. Sculpture building. London UK
RCA SECRET. Royal College of Art Dyson building London UK

Gaiety Is The Most Outstanding Feature Of The Soviet Union, Saatchi Gallery, London
Solo Show - The Closed Gallery Thessaloniki Greece
Achter de Basiliek ( Public space project) Hengelo The Netherlands
Concordia, Enschede The Netherlands
RCA Interim Show, Royal College of Art, London UK

Concordia’s expositieruimte, Langestraat 56 Enschede
ArtOlive Young Talent 2011, Loods 6 KNSM eiland Amsterdam
RCA Secret 2011, Royal College of Art, Kensington Gore, London
AKI ArtEZ Enschede, Sculpture graduation show
Twente Biënnale 2011 Hengelo, Creatieve Fabriek
Expositieruimte Broekhuijs Enschede, i.s.m. Hanneke Quak

Fase 2 Enschede, Drie is acht, AKI Art Exhibition, Groepsexpositie
DeltAteliers Den Haag (onderdeel Hoogtij 20), Antagonistic/nonconformistic, Groepsexpositie

Keizersgracht Amsterdam, Tears of joy, Groepsexpositie