"Hang your coat up, hang your coat up ... up, lock the doors up ...Do your own thing with your own thing."
- Nu-di-ty by Kylie Minogue
Listening to 'Give Me Your Heart Tonight' by Shakin' 2019 Stevens. The show was going to be called 'Garden Leave' as in the period of time when an employee is prohibited to be either at their place of work or at a new job. The idea is that they see out the rest of their contract at home while receiving their full salary. I like the thought of this limbo or dangling state with its quaint name; more often than not the result of mistrust on the employer's behalf, should the employee take trade secrets with them to would-be competitors. It seemed a fitting metaphor for a type of uncertainty in one's artistic direction, a purgatory of sorts.
- Dan Rees, November 2010
For his first solo show in New York, Dan Rees will present a series of paintings displayed on Shaker peg rails and hooks. The Shakers, known for their unique architecture and furniture design, relied on skilled craftsmanship and natural materials to achieve a sense of austerity and simplicity. Rees' paintings share this sense of labor and economy of means. The works tread the fine line between what can be understood as a 'ground' or beginning of a painting, and the finished article. The installation further reflects this ambiguous state: the paintings, hung as if they were items of clothing, are in effect 'coats of paint' dangling on hooks.
Dan Rees (b. 1982 Swansea, UK) lives and works in Berlin. Rees studied at the Staatliche Hochschule fur Bildende Künste Städelschule, Frankfurt am Main (2007-9) and graduated from Camberwell College of Arts, London in 2004. Recent solo exhibitions include: French Cricket, Tanya Leighton Gallery, Berlin (2010); Dan Rees, Zinger Presents, Amsterdam (2010); They Don’t Make Them Like This Anymore, T293, Naples (2009); Dan Rees / Fredrik Værslev - Shelf Paintings (Pottery in October), Standard (Oslo) (2009); Junk On a Thing, Johan Berggren Gallery, Malmö (2009); Art Statements, Art 40 Basel (with T293, Naples)(2009). Recent group exhibitions include: Exhibition, Exhibition (curated by Adam Carr), Castello di Rivoli, Turin (2010); Before and After, Balice Hertling (2010), Paris; A Very, Very Long Cat, Wallspace, New York (2010); Berlin, Los Angeles A Tale of Two (other) Cities, Massimo De Carlo, Milan (2010); Richard Prince and the Revolution (curated by Jonathan Monk), ProjecteSD, Barcelona (2009); Without, Galerie Yvon Lambert, Paris (2007); Some Time Waiting, Kadist Art Foundation, Paris (2007).