Road Back To Relevance

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Road Back To Relevance

Published on the occasion of the eponymous exhibition at Nomas Foundation, Rome, Road Back to Relevance gives insight into the last decade of Dan Rees’s (b. Swansea, UK, 1982) practice. Texts by Dieter Roelstraete, Saim Demircan, Ben Gregory

It brings together groups of works—paintings, videos, installations, and photography—that have never before been viewed simultaneously, and reveals the complex nature of the artist’s research. As Dieter Roelstraete writes in his essay contribution, “The work of Dan Rees touches upon a wide range of topics, subjects, and issues, but one dominant, recurring preoccupation doubtlessly concerns the politics of taste. ‘Taste’—its cultural corollaries, its political over- and undertones, and most importantly its social sources—is one of Rees’s preferred problems. And where it is addressed most directly and unapologetically—that is to say, in the so-called Artex paintings—is exactly where his work becomes most willingly, egregiously ‘problematic.’”

Dan Rees (b, UK, between London and Berlin) He practice spans a variety of different mediums, painting, sculpture photography and video. He studied at Camberwell College Of Arts, London Institute (2001-2004) and at Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste Städelschule, Frankfurt (2007-2009). Recent exhibition include: Ruins of the Cambrian Age, Tanya Leighton, Berlin, Depressed Earth, Múrias | Centeno, Lisbon, Road Back To Relevance, Nomas Foundation, Rome, both 2016; Stimulate Surprise, Tanya Leighton, Berlin, Think Local Act Global, MOT International, Brussels 2015; Top Heavy, T293, Rome, Kelp, National Museum of Wales, 2013.

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