BORN / 1988
LIVES AND WORKS IN / Brooklyn
ABOUT / Daniel is a Brooklyn-based fine artist working primarily in photography, paper and multimedia collage. He received a degree in Film from Fairfield University which stressed storytelling as the foundation of all art but also fostered the technical and theoretical functions of the camera. After graduating he trained with an international architectural photographer, developing strong compositional, spatial, and lighting skills over the course of four years. During this time Daniel travelled to over 30 cities around the world which would not only dictate his subject matter but how he related with the world around him, using the camera as a bridge between what he was experiencing physically and emotionally. Daniel is an original member of the Brooklyn Collage Collective (c. 2013) which has recently driven his work away from the camera towards fully analog processes to create paper and multimedia works.
My work explores the dichotomy of natural and man-made landscapes with the intent of revealing the latent power structures shaping modern society. l utilizes the same processes, aesthetics, and mediums of mass communications in an attempt to subvert the harmful messages of consumption and self-interest. The works intend to develop aspects of community by prompting conversations about complex and controversial topics. Mass Media tends to polarize these gray areas into convenient directional arguments of right versus wrong, this versus that, yes versus no, guiding its viewers to desired decisions. Over a lifetime these messages influence values and belief systems which can be especially dangerous for those who lack the ability to differentiate commercial material from reality.