Daniel Gordon

Artist lecture Friday, April 17, 2015 7PM
Timken Lecture Hall, California College of the Arts, San Francisco
Ratatouille and Smoke Bush, 2014

Brooklyn based photographer Daniel Gordon is best known for his lusciously colored, wildly patterned photographs that capture three-dimensional tableaux created in the studio. Gordon sources images from the Internet, prints his findings on an inkjet printer, and sculpts elaborate still-lifes and portraits from these appropriated images. His temporary constructions are then carefully lit and photographed with a large format camera, before being dismantled. Through his final photographs, Gordon considers notions of artifice and authenticity, while recontextualizing his found imagery.

As an undergraduate, he simulated human flight in the series, Flying Pictures (2001-2004). An assistant photographed Gordon as he catapulted himself into mid-air, capturing the magical instant – about 1/125 of a second – before gravity took effect. The resulting images blur the lines between reality and fiction, simultaneously documenting his activity and portraying an impossible event.

Gordon earned his Bachelor of Arts from Bard College in 2004, and Master of Fine Arts from the Yale University School of Art in 2006. His notable group exhibitions include Out of Focus at the Saatchi Gallery; New Photography 2009 at the Museum of Modern Art; and Greater New York (2010) at MoMA PS1. He has authored Still Lifes, Portraits, and Parts (Mörel, 2013); Flowers and Shadows (Onestar Press, 2011); and Flying Pictures (powerHouse Books, 2009). Gordon won the prestigious Foam Paul Huf Award in 2014; a solo exhibition at the museum followed later that year. He has been a critic in photography at the Yale University School of Art since 2013.


Larry Sultan Visiting Artist Program

Pier 24 Photography is pleased to present the Larry Sultan Visiting Artist Program in collaboration with California College of the Arts and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Each year, the Larry Sultan Visiting Artist Program brings six photographers, writers, and curators to San Francisco to offer free and open lectures, and to work one-on-one with students at California College of the Arts.


Larry Sultan Photography Award


Awoiska van der Molen, #256-17, 2009

Awoiska van der Molen

Fall 2017 Residency
Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA

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The work of Awoiska van der Molen (b. 1972, Netherlands) develops from a desire to comprehend the core of the isolated world she photographs. In order to achieve the sense of solitude necessary to gain access to the stoic nature of the landscape, she spends long periods of time isolated in the natural environment. She takes time to experience the landscape and penetrates deep into the essence of the remote, hushed world created in her photographs. She immerses herself in the landscape, moves slowly, returns repeatedly and by doing so makes these unknown places her own. This gradual and solitary working process continues into the darkroom where her pictures are printed by hand—an intimate process—further imparting a unique stillness that emanates from her work.