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Dan Levenson
updated: 02/22/2013
website: www.danlevenson.com/
 
   
 
 
     
 
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SKZ Student Composition Study
SKZ Student Composition Study
SKZ Student Composition Study
SKZ Student Composition Study
SKZ Student Composition Study
SKZ Student Composition Study
SKZ Student Composition Study (detail)
Art Student Life Magazine. October 1995 issue.
Still from 30 second ad spot for Letzte Cigarettes
A People's History of the State Art Academy, Zurich
Postcard from the State Art Academy, Zurich
Video still from Konschti
Ad poster for Letzte cigarettes
IKS Brand A4 Swiss Standard Art Gallery Binder Boxes
IKS Brand Swiss Standard Painting Storage Boxes
 
Portfolio Keywords:  systems, landscape, diagrammatic, mapping, technology, architecture, pattern, geometric, nature, surreal
 
 
SKZ Student Composition Study by Dan Levenson
SKZ Student Composition Study
Oil on blotter paper
2013
A1 22 " x  30 " 
SKZ Student Composition Study by Dan Levenson
SKZ Student Composition Study
Oil on blotter paper
2013
A1 " x  A1 " 
SKZ Student Composition Study by Dan Levenson
SKZ Student Composition Study
Oil on blotter paper
2013
A1 " x  " 
SKZ Student Composition Study by Dan Levenson
SKZ Student Composition Study
Oil on blotter paper
2013
A1 " x  A1 " 
SKZ Student Composition Study by Dan Levenson
SKZ Student Composition Study
Oil on blotter paper
2013
A1 " x  A1 " 
SKZ Student Composition Study by Dan Levenson
SKZ Student Composition Study
Oil on blotter paper
2013
A1 " x  A1 " 
SKZ Student Composition Study (detail) by Dan Levenson
SKZ Student Composition Study (detail)
Oil on blotter paper
2013
A1 " x  A1 " 
Art Student Life Magazine. October 1995 issue. by Dan Levenson
Art Student Life Magazine. October 1995 issue.
Lithography on paper saddlebound magazine.
2011
12 " x  16.5 " 
Still from 30 second ad spot for Letzte Cigarettes by Dan Levenson
Still from 30 second ad spot for Letzte Cigarettes
video
2012
Dimensions variable
A People's History of the State Art Academy, Zurich by Dan Levenson
A People's History of the State Art Academy, Zurich
performance/lecture at ISCp
2012
Dimensions variable
Postcard from the State Art Academy, Zurich by Dan Levenson
Postcard from the State Art Academy, Zurich
Lithography on paper
2011
4.1" x  5.8" 
Video still from Konschti by Dan Levenson
Video still from Konschti
video 8mins
2011
Dimensions variable
Ad poster for Letzte cigarettes by Dan Levenson
Ad poster for Letzte cigarettes
fresco
2009
33.1" x  23.4" 
IKS Brand A4 Swiss Standard Art Gallery Binder Boxes by Dan Levenson
IKS Brand A4 Swiss Standard Art Gallery Binder Boxes
silkscreen on cardboard
2009
18 " x  18 "  x 18 " 
IKS Brand Swiss Standard Painting Storage Boxes by Dan Levenson
IKS Brand Swiss Standard Painting Storage Boxes
silkscreen on cardboard
2009
42" x  42"  x 8" 

Artist Statement

Little Switzerland is a long-term multidisciplinary project about a fictional community of artists in Zurich. I develop fragmented narratives about a network of fictional Swiss institutions in order to generate artworks in a variety of media. These institutions include an art school, an art gallery, an art supply store, a publishing company and a philanthropic tobacco company. I use Switzerland as a metaphor for the society in which artists live. Little Switzerland is meant to be allegorical so I treat both time and place with a great deal of license. I aim to question authenticity.

The practice of painting is central to the project. My interest is in the external apparatus of painting: framing, narrative, context and presentation. I’d like to underline rather than downplay these structures.

For the past eighteen months I have focused on telling the story of the fictional art school from which all the artists in this story emerged. I began with a series of sculptural “Student Painting Storage Cabinets” supposedly taken from the art school. The cabinets contain “Student Painting Exercises” addressing formal concerns such as color, composition, scale and pattern. I have begun using video, installation and printed ephemera to present scenes from this imaginary world. Using installation and video as framing devices, I hope to expand on my project and explore the ways in which narrative context affects our experience of art.

Artist Bio / CV
http://www.danlevenson.com/curriculum-vitae/