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Daniel Steegmann Mangrané, Summer Cloud, 2017

Photo © Andrea Rossetti
Daniel Steegmann Mangrané
Summer Cloud, 2017
Kriska aluminium curtain, aluminium rail, powder-coated steel frames
Maximum dimensions 450 x 1050 x 6 cm
Minimum dimensions 320 x 650 x 6 cm
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Photo © Andrea Rossetti
The work is from Daniel Steegmann Mangrané's series of brightly colored aluminium curtains with differently shaped passageways made from Kriska aluminium chains. Widely used in Spain, Kriska curtains can function as flexible screens for entryways. They are light, often brightly colored and make a characteristic metallic sound when the chains touch.
The forms cut into the curtains relate to the artist's idea of "model forms", familiar but non-specific shapes that both trigger our imagination and leave us unable to identify them. The "continuation" of the aluminium chains below the openings appears counterintuitive, adding an element of surprise. Oscillating between appearing as diaphanous screen and semi-solid object, the curtains are both indications of a transition (meant to be traversed, marking the end of one space and the beginning of the next) as well as sculptural objects, existing in a hybrid state between corporeality and immateriality.
Photo © Andrea Rossetti
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Video © Andrea Rossetti
WATCH NOW – Daniel Steegmann Mangrané’s Summer Cloud curtain currently on view at Esther Schipper, Berlin
 
Daniel Steegmann Mangrané's practice encompasses a wide range of media, including film, sculpture, sound, gardens and drawing. His work focuses on the creation and migration of forms between different formal registers in nature, art and architecture. The artist is particularly interested in forms that, while appearing familiar, cannot be related to any specific references, be it in nature or culture. Using self-imposed systems, the artist creates works that undermine the boundaries between organic and man-made aesthetics and materials, as well as between chance and rule-based principles of composition. Consequently, his works often appear both sparse and sensual. <br><br>Selected solo exhibitions include: <b>Dog Eye</b>, Kunsthalle Münster, Münster (2020); <b>A Leaf-Shaped Animal Draws the Hand</b>, Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan (2019–20); <b>Ne voulais prendre ni forme, ni chair, ni matière</b>, Institut d'Art Contemporain, Villeurbanne / Rhône-Alpes (2019); <b>The Word for World is Forest</b>, Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham (2019); <b>A Transparent Leaf instead of the Mouth</b>, CCS Bard, Hessel Museum of Art, Annandale-on-Hudson, (2018);  <b>-‘– -‘-</b>, Fundacío Tàpies, Barcelona (2018); Phantom, CAC – Contemporary Art Center, Vilnius (2018), and <b>A Transparent Leaf Instead of the Mouth</b>, Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, Porto (2017–18).

Daniel Steegmann Mangrané's practice encompasses a wide range of media, including film, sculpture, sound, gardens and drawing. His work focuses on the creation and migration of forms between different formal registers in nature, art and architecture. The artist is particularly interested in forms that, while appearing familiar, cannot be related to any specific references, be it in nature or culture. Using self-imposed systems, the artist creates works that undermine the boundaries between organic and man-made aesthetics and materials, as well as between chance and rule-based principles of composition. Consequently, his works often appear both sparse and sensual.

Selected solo exhibitions include: Dog Eye, Kunsthalle Münster, Münster (2020); A Leaf-Shaped Animal Draws the Hand, Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan (2019–20); Ne voulais prendre ni forme, ni chair, ni matière, Institut d'Art Contemporain, Villeurbanne / Rhône-Alpes (2019); The Word for World is Forest, Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham (2019); A Transparent Leaf instead of the Mouth, CCS Bard, Hessel Museum of Art, Annandale-on-Hudson, (2018); -‘– -‘-, Fundacío Tàpies, Barcelona (2018); Phantom, CAC – Contemporary Art Center, Vilnius (2018), and A Transparent Leaf Instead of the Mouth, Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, Porto (2017–18).


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Reading Corner

Daniel Steegmann Mangrané<br>

Daniel Steegmann Mangrané

Ne voulais prendre ni forme, ni chair, ni matière
2020
Publishers: Bom Dia Boa Tarde Boa Noite / Institut d'Art Contemporain, Villeurbanne Rhône-Alpes
Language: French

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Daniel Steegmann Mangrané<br>

Daniel Steegmann Mangrané

A Leaf-Shaped Animal Draws The Hand
2020
Publishers: Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan / Institut d'Art Contemporain, Villeurbanne Rhône-Alpes / Skira
Languages: Italian / English / French

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Daniel Steegmann Mangrané<br>

Daniel Steegmann Mangrané

The Spiral Forest
2018
Publishers: The Green Parrot / Mousse Publishing
Language: English

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