Mimmo Scognamiglio Artecontemporanea is glad to present Happy Accidents, a new solo show by Argentinian artist Daniel González. The work of the multidisciplinary artist gravitates around the relationship between digital and natural reality, with the aim of changing point of view and shifting personal limits. The selected works, which aim to celebrate a symbolic rebirth, demand the viewers to question reality as they know it, to see what's beneath.
The works on display are conceived as collages, with images selected from social media, GIF, cinema special effects and videogames, mixed with personal stills derived directly from the artist's experience and natural reality. In this way, a trivial stain on the floor, if transferred on a canvas becomes a set onto which it's possible to paint different elements: optical patterns, designer lamps, childish sketches, emojis, ancient masks and ritual objects, movie frames, tattoos, Las Bardas (typical Mexican murals promoting local bands), pictures shot on iPhone...
These images behave like a Rube Goldberg machine, consisting of a series of simple unrelated devices that, once started, trigger other components' reaction, intentionally designed to perform simple tasks in an indirect and overly complicated way. Seemingly, the different techniques and subjects of the paintings, are related to their own medium, being it natural or digital. For example, the act of erasing a canvas turns into an expression of intentionality and imposition of the action, which overlaps the primary action. By doing this, it generates a visual tension that demands the viewers' complicity, which is mandatory to let them solve the picture.
The works in Happy Accidents are therefore an invitation to enter the unknown, pushing us towards new experiences that allow to extend one's own perceptual field. They act like a driving force that turns everything into something else, that let us jump into fantastic places where the impossible becomes possible. Where flaws are completely accepted in favor of lightness, in a fully personal space/time dimension, and past and future run like trains on the same railway in a dilated time.
Press release courtesy Mimmo Scognamiglio Artecontemporanea.