Daniel Shea: Mossless (2005 – 2015) I.P.F:


Spotlighting work In the lead up to Mossless: The United States (2005-2015) I.P.F: exhibition this weekend, kicking off with New York’s Daniel Shea.

Daniel Shea, a photographer, sculptor and installation artist, is currently based in Long Island City. He is invested in certain conditions or anomalies found in landscapes, particularly those of American cities and the Midwest. His photography examines the history, context and symbols of power found in these locations. In his words, he endeavors to understand “the mythologizing effects of history” and its continued importance in the present. His first monograph, along with the accompanying newsprint edition, Blisner, Ill. (Columbia College Chicago, 2012), and its sequel, Blisner, IL – An Index of Work As a Labor of Work (fourteen, nineteen, 2014), focus on the fictional “every town” of Blisner. Through a close study of the personalities, landscapes and crumbling monuments of the Midwest, Shea builds a composite of the neglected history of capitalism and its entropic effects. Increasingly, his work has become more abstract and inventive when dealing with the representational issues of the photographic medium.

He will soon be releasing a body of work documenting the demolition of a building in Noho and the construction of the replacement building designed by Japanese architect Tadao Ando. Additionally, his new photographs of Los Angeles track the history of the downtown area through its often precarious architectural development. Recently, he has returned to the studio to work on a series of sculptures made from the detritus of former dump sites in the now developed Long Island City. He will be included in Photography is Magic (Aperture, 2015). In Spring 2016, Shea will have a solo show at Andrew Rafacz Gallery in Chicago.

His work can be found in several other publications, including Notes From the Foundry (Spaces Corners Books, 2013) and The United States, 2003-2013 (Mossless, 2014). Recently, he has exhibited at Robert Blumenthal Gallery, The DePaul Art Museum, The Museo de Arte Acarigua-Araure, Venezuela, the Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Asia Society in Beijing, and LVL3 Gallery, among others. He is represented by Andrew Rafacz Gallery in Chicago. In addition to his art practice, he does commissioned work for publications such as TIME, Dwell, Wired, The Fader, The Atlantic, and Monocle. He holds a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). In addition to participating in residencies at Columbia College Chicago and the Light Work Residency, Shea has taught at MICA, the University of Illinois at Chicago and the Museum of Contemporary Photography Outreach Program.  — Written by Ashley McNelis.

Mossless: The United States (2005-2015) opens this Saturday, September 19 at 7:00pm – Ludlow Studios and follows on from our IPF NY & IPF 2015 launch event the night before also held at Ludlow Studios – Respecting Representation. Head to our events page here for more information.

Mossless: The United States (2005-2015) Features work from Daniel Shea, Whitten Sabattini, Lindsay D’Addato, Eva O’Leary, Yeon J Yue, Timothy Briner, Mo Costello, Suzanna Zak and Juan Madrid, this is a showcase of new photographers who have each made a significant mark on the social landscape at a time when it’s essential to capture a compelling moment, in the spirit of iconic photographers like Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange and Stephen Shore, who made work that came to define America’s past.