Daniel Silver – “Letting Go”

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accesText by Max Henry

In all of its psychological guises, the human figure is primary to the sculptural tableaux he presents in groups or pairings, and as stand alone individual works. His amalgamation of numerous styles is born from his cultural memory of a childhood spent between Europe, Jerusalem, and the African continent (South Africa, Zimbabwe).

While his formal academy training is rooted in traditional European sculpture, Daniel Silver underscores his approach with conceptual tropes. Blurring distinctions of authorship he’s exploited the readymade through Carrara marble statues discarded from commercial workshops in Italy, subtly altered by his own hand. In Zimbabwe a series of portrait busts were done in collaboration with local craftsmen. The faces were based on photographic images appropriated from the Internet of men and women who were death row inmates in a Texas penitentiary.