Bosse & Baum is pleased to present SLUSH an exhibition of new site-specific work by Daniel Bragin, recent Royal College of Art graduate, created especially for the gallery space at Exhibition Road.
The colourful selection of objects in this exhibition are based on Bragin’s observations of urban life and his documentation of found objects. The photographic works, which will be included in the show, are snapshots from the artist’s archives, of the streets of London, Amsterdam, Thessaloniki and Moscow. For Bragin ‘a snapshot is nothing more than a detailed fixation of reality.’ These snapshots can be described as “what you see is what you get”; the snapshots are not staged, and they are not processed in any way after having been taken. Most of the images are intended to capture the gesture and process of his work, and this forms a strong link to the creation of his three-dimensional work. However, in his practice his process has no strict rules and ‘freestyle’ and intuition are the ‘leading aspects of his game’.
Daniel Bragin’s work challenges the familiar perception of the readymade. He takes objects which initially look familiar, altering them to strip them of their regular functions and displaying various combinations of detail to create new interpretations. He places familiar objects together, having never ‘met’ before for functional reasons, offering a blend of ‘friendly mental mutation’. His awkward material juxtapositions are his way of expressing his tongue-in-cheek approach to making sculpture.
The selection of exhibited objects can be interpreted as a display of ‘nasty dignity with a twist of seduction and caramelized tension’ – a feast for spectators to enjoy. Have fun.