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Dana Harel
updated: 09/25/2012
website: www.danaharel.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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The Original Mr. Jacob 2
The Original Mr. Jacob 4
The Original Mr. Jacob 1
A Special Sort of Dust
I am not an animal 1
I am not an animal 2
Crocodylus niloticus
Circus Ranivorus
there was a time when the enemy used to look you in the eyes
Beretta
 
Portfolio Keywords:  figurative, architecture, illustration, landscape, nature, surreal, narrative, conceptual, organic
 
 
The Original Mr. Jacob 2 by Dana Harel
The Original Mr. Jacob 2
graphite on paper
2011
36" x  25" 
The Original Mr. Jacob 4 by Dana Harel
The Original Mr. Jacob 4
Graphite on paper
2011
36" x  25" 
The Original Mr. Jacob 1 by Dana Harel
The Original Mr. Jacob 1
graphite on paper
2011
36" x  25" 
A Special Sort of Dust by Dana Harel
A Special Sort of Dust
graphite and soil on paper
2011
45" x  55" 
I am not an animal 1 by Dana Harel
I am not an animal 1
graphite on paper
2010
45" x  66" 
I am not an animal 2 by Dana Harel
I am not an animal 2
graphite on paper
2010
45" x  66" 
Crocodylus niloticus by Dana Harel
Crocodylus niloticus
penicl on paper
2008
46 " x  62 " 
Circus Ranivorus by Dana Harel
Circus Ranivorus
graphite on paper
2009
96" x  72" 
there was a time when the enemy used to look you in the eyes by Dana Harel
there was a time when the enemy used to look you in the eyes
soil and graphite on paper
2012
56 " x  72 " 
Beretta by Dana Harel
Beretta
graphite on paper
2010
24 " x  35 " 

Artist Statement

The human body is kin to all wild things, and this kinship with the natural world is physical and psychological. My work depicts a world in which: the body becomes mere matter for nature to reshape, re-grow, and re-produce new life; an ecological progress hints of a change of authority; the body fuses with its natural surroundings.  

In this world, I fashion a new surreal dynamic, comparing the scale of our human bodies to the scale of nature - eight feet of graphite on paper creating an elephant's mass as human hand, and thousands of ants covering a naked body embedded in the earth. The dimensions change size, reflecting the variability of nature's power, its ability to thrive or to wither. 

 These dynamics are rendered using solid materials from the earth—graphite and soil. These basic materials give rise to analogies, challenging thousands of simple strokes to create a moment where human nature and natural processes become indistinguishable.

Artist Bio / CV

EDUCATION

 

2000  Bachelor of Architecture with honors California College for the Arts - School of Architecture, San Francisco, CA 

 

SOLO EXHIBTIONS 

2012  ‘Wrestling God’- Frey Norris Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2010  “Manimal”, Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art, Herzliya, Israel

 

2009  ‘Kin’ - Frey Norris Gallery, San Francisco, CA

GROUP EXHIBITION

2011  Pangea: Art at the forefront of cultural convergence, Frey Norris Gallery, SF CA

 

2011  ‘A Live Animal’, Root Division. SF, CA

 

2011  ‘Size Matter’, San Jose Contemporary Art Institute, San Jose, CA

 

2010  Human Nature’, Montalvo Center  for the Arts, Saratoga, CA

 

2010  “Secret Drawings”, Palo Alto Center, Palo Alto, CA

 

2010  'Monster Drawing Rally'- Southern Exposure Gallery, San Francisco, CA

 

2010  ‘Figure and Faces’, Pacific Art League, Palo Alto, CA

 

2009  Echo: Eight Bay Area Artists Respond to Surrealist Masterwork Frey Norris Gallery, SF, CA

 

2009  Herstory – Napa Valley Museum, Yountville, CA

 

2009  Permutations from Natures Perimeter- Palo Alto Center, Palo Alto, CA

 

2009  Contemporary Drawings- Elder Gallery, Nebraska Wesleyan University, NE    

 

2006 ‘Emerge’ GEN ART , San Francisco, Ca 

 

AWARDS    

 

2009 IRVINE FELLOWSHIP recipient at the Montalvo Arts Center Residency Program, Saratoga, CA

 

 

2006 GEN ART- ‘Emerge’, San Francisco, CA

  

PRESS

 

2011 Beautiful Decay   Featured work, ‘Future Perfect’ issue

2011 ZYZZYVA - Featured work, Fall issue

2011  NY Times - “Side by side, a bold opening for Frey Norris” 

2009 Art News - Review by Kenneth Baker on ‘Echo’

2009 Inside City Limits - TV Interview on ‘Kin’

2009 SF Weekly - Review on ‘Kin’

2009 San Francisco Bay Guardian - Artist of the week, review on ‘Kin’

2009 ArtSlant - Review on ‘Kin’                                

Selected  CV, for full info -http://www.freynorris.com/artwork_list.php?id=42