Dan Fig, not so much the pessimist as the anxious doubter, stares the Gorgon in the face: if our consciousness is being molded by GUIs (graphical user interfaces), he proposes, wide-eyed, to let into the same space a whole host of different realities. The result is an orbit without anchor point, a web of relativity, a sui generis game of self-cancelling logic. Play is a method here as well: a way of channeling the energy (terror) of life in times of clip-art overload, but without faith that any revelation will ensue. From a surfeit of pictures, a tight grid emerges.
The paintings endure this tightening stoically. It’s worth noting that for the Stoics, the goal of indifference was freedom.
- Excerpted from “What Everything Is Like” exhibition text by Gaby Wolodarski
I live and work in Brooklyn, my studio is in Bed-Stuy. In addition to painting I’m also co-founder and co-organizer of the international artist community @rad.group.nyc, we host discussions, crits, and artist hangouts. Reach out and join us. (cf. danfig.net)