42nd Street Scuffle, acrylic on canvas, 2012
Of Brooklyn's legions of young artists, many stand out. Dan Bina (pronounced bee-na) is one of them. If you follow his work, he really gets your eyes and brain moving. His work ranges from cool crisp geometric abstract painting to photorealist paintings and culturally laden collages.
A trip through his blog shows this and much more. Dan Bina's studio, filled with a library of research materials, canvases, tools, printouts and more, is itself a work of art. With a sense of humor he says, "I'm like my grandfather who came of age during the depression. He kept everything." He treats art in a similar way by taking in information. "I tend to work in an encyclopedic manner. I gather, condense and re-present." He joins a long line of appropriation artists like James Rosenquist, Gerhard Richter, Bob Rauschenberg and others, but also brings to mind painters like Al Held and Jonathan Lasker.
The range of work in his studio resulted from his decision to remain committed and open sourced. "There has been no hierarchy or favor made between shape and image," he says. That certainly is the case. All are treated with equal care and with a unique clarity of vision. He says his work "is intuitively derived from layered information, original drawings, and other media and can be discussed in terms of compiling information as a meaningful and intimate form of visual communication." Bina's work conjures the profound significance of coming to maturity in the Internet era as technology and information drive social change and decentralization of culture, offering data access, transfer, distortion and loss, where graphics, motion pictures and music through collective sharing and commerce permeate modern life with ubiquity.
A recent addition to NY's Artsicle roster, he is showcased along with a group of artists at Gallery Bar in New York City's Lower East Side on May 31st. The show is called "Everywhere But Here," co-curated by Dan Teran of Artsicle and Maureen Sullivan of Creative Time, and is about escaping New York in the summer. I urge you to check out the show on the 31st!
(Images: Courtesy of the artist, Dan Bina)