Art Press – Critical review

DANIEL FIRMAN BLACK WHOLE FOR WHALES La Base sous-marine in Bordeaux is a former submarine pen used by the Germans to protect their impressive fleet of U-boats during the Second World War. lt was built by thousands of prisoners, many of them Spanish Republicans who...

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Black whole for whales

Black Whole for Whales was a solo exhibition in Bordeaux, in 2017.  Daniel Firman took over the Submarine Base of Bordeaux, which he perceived as "an out-sized architectural landscape". He made it the base of his reflection and used it as a physical support for his...

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I’m keeping my distance

All of Daniel Firman’s works can be interpreted on two levels, exploring both the physical and psychic dimension of their contents. The exhibition takes its title I’m Keeping My Distance from a series of sculptures produced by inviting people to "spatialize" their...

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The Fragment dimension

  Originally designed as a platform without predefined walls by its architects, Daniel Firman turned The Pill gallery space into a "spatial partition" for The Fragment Dimension; creating the path he wants the viewer to follow when discovering the works. The rooms...

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Art Travel – Critical review

DANIEL FIRMAN SCULPTOR OF WEIGHTLESSNESS All of Daniel Firman’s work seeks movement. Native of Lyon, this artist, trained at the Fine Arts School of Saint-Etienne, then Angouleme, who participated in the 2009 Venice Biennial, is constantly searching, through the means...

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Interview by Hou Hanru

Hou Hanru — I’d like to talk about the genesis of your artistic output, about how you define it and how it connects with ‘ordinary everyday life’. Daniel Firman — I started in the nineties with work based on pliage. It was a theoretical sort of process. At the same...

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Art Forum – Critical review

    DANIEL FIRMAN MUSÉE D'ART CONTEMPORAIN DE LYON The title of Daniel Firman's first large museum show, La Matiere Grise (Gray Matter), was both a reference and a provocation. The artist has used the phrase before, notably in a life-size self-portrait sculpture from...

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Grey Matter

Grey Matter, Daniel Firman’s first major personal exhibition in a museum, reveals all the facets of his work. He has entirely redesigned the exhibition areas to present already "historical" works in association with some previously unseen creations in a highly...

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Backflip

The backflip, a free-style figure, provides an opportunity to check one’s absurd control over landing, since, before coming down, one has had to leave the rational space of equilibrium in order to find another space, that of blind rotation. Can we imagine the world...

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Suspended

Within the cycle of the lungs’ movements, there is a brief pause between breathing out and breathing in, a particular moment when the respiratory flow slows down to an extreme degree before picking up again. Daniel Firman’s works seem to lodge themselves inside this...

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Art Press – Critical review

DANIEL FIRMAN THE ART OF DANGLING Daniel Firman’s work is globally a question of sculpture, visual and audio. It is the result of an experimental continuity stemming from the relationship of the body with space. Looking for the point of balance of movements and...

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