Art Center College of Design, 1997, MFA
Daniel Flahiff was born in Los Angeles in 1966. After earning a B.A. in business and economics from Pacific Lutheran University in Seattle, Washington, ('90), he attended the graduate program at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California where he earned an M.F.A. ('97), studying under the artists Mike Kelly, Stephen Prina, Mayo Thompson, Dagmar Demming, and occasionally the legendary winter warlock himself, John Baldesarri. Like his early influences, Flahiff has kept free of any stylistic program, moving freely within a variety of mediums including painting, printmaking, collage, photography, film, and installation. His first solo exhibition, The Doors at the SVC Gallery in Seattle in 1992, included his pseudo-scientific series, Odaleschatological Essays. Rip-sawn sections of doors were stained, painted, rubbed, scratched and gouged in a facetious investigation into the end times of artistic production. In 1992 he moved to Florence, Italy where he studied the transformation of the socio-political role of early-Renaissance artists. The resulting book and exhibition [3/94] Disegni: Via Gino Capponi, 23 featured a corpus of 80 drawings from the over 500 he executed while living in Italy. Returning to Los Angeles in 1994, Flahiff concentrated on film and video work including the short films Black Hat/Brown Hat which premiered at the Los Angeles Times Media Center, ACCD ('97) and Shoebox which premiered at the International Experimental Cinema Exposition ('00) and the experimental video project Sublimation, first shown at the Royal Melbourne Institue of Technology in Melbourne, Australia ('96). Flahiff has been honored with several awards including a Graduate Merit Scholarship from Art Center ('95-'97), an International Studies Scholarship from the School of Visual Concepts ('93), an Emerging Voices Grant from the Puget Sound Group of Northwest Painters ('92), and an Anna K. Merideth Award for International Studies from the Studio Art Center International ('92.) His work has also been included in several group exhibitions such as Transmission/Reception at The Pilot Space, Auckland, New Zealand 1997, Territorial Motif at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Australia, 1995, Conflux at Glowlab via Sal Randolph/Free Press, Brooklyn/New York, NY. 2006, and Free Press at Roda Sten, Gothenburgh, Sweden. 2006. Flahiff lives and works in Seattle and Los Angeles.