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b. 1966, France

Daniel Firman Biography

With his eye-popping sculptures, Daniel Firman freezes moments of time and action in precarious balance. Nasutamanus epitomises the concerns and methods of his practice; it is a taxidermied elephant that seems to float weightlessly in the gallery space, attached only to the wall by its trunk. In this as in all of his works, Firman seeks to construct the presence of such amorphous concepts as time, balance, weight, action, and gravity. Other sculptures include human figures struck in precarious poses or supporting unwieldy constructions atop their shoulders. 'I demand much effort of my models in order that they remain immobile until they are exhausted, and it is with this approach to time that I create sculpture,' he says. Always focused on the body, Firman has also explored performance art—including choreographed works in which he constructs enclosures around himself—and crafted immersive, overwhelming sound installations of Drone Music.

Exhibition view: Daniel Firman, SWITCH UP, Reflex Amsterdam (21 November 2020–27 June 2021). Courtesy Reflex Amsterdam.

Daniel Firman Featured Artworks

Modelé avec la Langue #2 by Daniel Firman contemporary artwork
Daniel FirmanModelé avec la Langue #2, 2016plaster
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Inside (Jeanne) by Daniel Firman contemporary artwork
Daniel FirmanInside (Jeanne), 2016Bronze, polished and painted face
25 x 13.4 x 13.6 cm
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Julie (Attitude) by Daniel Firman contemporary artwork
Daniel FirmanJulie (Attitude), 2016Painted resin, steel, clothes, wig
167 x 50 x 53 cm
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Daniel Firman Current & Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Daniel Firman, SWITCH UP at Reflex Amsterdam
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21 November 2020–27 June 2021 Daniel Firman SWITCH UP Reflex AmsterdamAmsterdam
Contemporary art exhibition, Daniel Firman, Infra Gravity at Choi&Lager Gallery, Seoul
17 September–17 November 2017 Daniel Firman Infra Gravity Choi&Lager GallerySeoul

Daniel Firman Represented By

Choi&Lager Gallery contemporary art gallery in Seoul, South Korea Choi&Lager Gallery Cologne, Seoul
Reflex Amsterdam contemporary art gallery in Amsterdam, Netherlands Reflex Amsterdam Amsterdam
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