Daniel Gianfranceschi. A virtual artexhibition @kasugallery
GEDANKENGANG – short stories – paintings – sculptures
Born in Germany (1999), living and working in Munich. While creating intricate new compositions, the artist is studying fashion – design management at the AMD in Munich. The artists overall practice spans across different mediums including (but not limited to) painting, sculpture, film and sound.
2019 – Die Freude An Der Trauer, AMD Akademie für Mode und Design, Munich
2020 – Gedankengang, Kasu Gallery Online, Munich Publications 2019 – Die Freude An Der Trauer, booklet accompanying the exhibition 2020 – Gedankegang. Short stories, painting, sculptures, book accompanying the exhibiton.
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An introduction to the philosophy of Daniel Gianfranceschi
Between reality and fiction, everyday life fades. The works question mental health and life itself. They contradict and react with each other. In the moment of creation
is the artist´s mind is suspended and the works will come to life. Nothing is real, except the materials of the artpieces. If the work is abstract, the title is real than ever. The process is manic, infinite and forever. Enjoy it!
The most important thing for Daniel Gianfranceschi is to draw attention to the materials he uses, when creating his works of art. For example: leather, foam, steel, acrylic, cement, resin, plaster, cotton, cardboard, varnish,clay, expanding foam, bitumen aluminum tape, combustion.
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Kasugallery in an interview with Daniel Gianfranceschi
1. What brought you to art and how did you come up with your unique style?
I have always been interested in art and creative work in general. My parents taught me most of the things I know today. I think art (and being an artist) is one of the most bizarre things ever, because you have no rules. Nobody is going to come into your studio and say “hey, I don´t like that, do that again”. I think that is what attracted me to it. The pure freedom of expression. My “style” is the result of a constant research into materials and their relation to my intentions towards a new work. It is not forced, it comes very natural. I want my work to be aggressive but not threatening. Emotionally layered and with a purpose. My style is also defined by always asking myself questions, sorting old ways of working out and searching for new methods to better portrait my abstract ideas.
2. Why is it so important for you to tell about the materials you are useing?
Materials are everything. A work starts and ends with material. For me, the most intriguing part of working with unorthodox materials like cement, foam, steel etc. is the interaction between different materials. They form something new and a new composition arises. Furthermore, the materials are tools to which I than add an emotional layer to. By adding different materials onto each other, the work becomes alive and starts to live a life of it´s own. It is my job to then intervene and to manipulate said materials to my liking while still being aware of the power those materials have. The process of picking which material suits the work best is a very intuitive one.
3. The titles of you artworks are factual, but the compositions are abstract – Why?
The titles of my works are very personal. In my practice, I always try to express a certain feeling while remaining, for the most part, abstract. The title serves as a guide for the viewer but also as a memento. I treat the title as if it were a very short poem. But one always has to careful as to not reveal too much. A little mystery is always good. Just like picking what material to use, the process of coming up with a title is a very intuitive one. Sometimes the title is clear for the beginning, other times it shows itself along the way. They always reference a particular emotion I have felt. The work (and the title itself) is my way of processing that certain feeling. For example, the “Selfportrait” series takes on the concept of “restriction”, physical and mental. Some people paint things and people. I work with emotions.
4. How / where do your inspirations come from?
My inspirations always come from within. From inside. I am somebody who doesn’t like to look left and right at what other people are doing. I rather search for something deep in me and try to hold onto it. In my practice, I try to address themes of mental disorders, time, being unsure, disgust, boredom, lust etc. I want to show the fragility that lays in all of us. This is were the title is very important. I dig and dig and dig until I find some kind of emotional guide. Something that keeps plaguing me, that I want to address and fight back against. Beyond that, the perpetual quest for something that transcends the typical definition of a “painting” and a “sculpture” is a reoccurring motive in my work. That being said, one has to admit that we are always influenced by the people we decide to surround ourselves with. Those people push you toward the right decisions. I am definitely influenced by the people around me.
5. What do you want to express in your art? What to draw attention to? What moves you? Do you have a message in your works? Does making your art make you happy or sad?
My works always have some sort of hidden meaning. I want to draw attention to those “taboos” a lot of people don´t like to talk about. My works are the result of trying to find joy in the misery of certain situations. I hope the viewer can relate to some feeling portrayed in the works presented and find the joy in them. At the moment of creation, I am at my happiest. Actually pursuing the work is the most intriguing part of all of it. The process is, again, quite transcendental, intimate and sacred (not in a religious way). It is a manic and never-ending journey. I work in a state of pure bliss and euphoria. To me, it is very metaphysical. The outcome of a work is oftentimes very uncertain and so, when actually finished…I can be a very emotional experience and I hope that the same goes for the viewer. I want you to feel.
6. Do you have one or more artists as role models? Is there a work of art in your life that particularly impressed you?
I wouldn’t say I have that one particular “role model”. I´d like to think of my practice as not bound to any specific aesthetic and/or art-history context. I´d like for it to be new, whatever that means these days. I want the viewer to be emotionally invested. One piece that has always fascinated me is the performance “wie man dem toten hasen die bilder erklärt” by Joseph Beuys. When I fist saw it in a documentary, it changed everything for me. It changed the way I look at art and taught me, what art can be. I completely neglected everything that came before it and opened up so many door for other artists. Long live Joseph Beuys.
7. What does art do to you? Or what does it do when you are artistically active? Art changed my life. It freed my head and opened up so many new possibilities. Art gives meaning to an otherwise very boring and repetitive life. When working, everything makes sense. Your being isn´t bound to the everyday anymore and everything goes. A controlled chaos of materials and emotions. I am pleased you discovered my work through this medium and hope you enjoy.
8. Finally, a small humorous video by Daniel Gianfranceschi on the subject of diet.
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