Daniel Goodwin: Object Oriented

July 13 – August 4, 2019

Reception: Saturday, July 20, 4 – 6 PM


Artist Q&A: Saturday, July 20, 3 PM


For the better part of two decades, I have worked on photographic projects that relate, by turns directly and obliquely, to the United States intelligence community and attendant issues including surveillance, secrecy, and violence. My current work is, in equal parts, an ongoing interrogation of photographic veracity and a critique of authoritarian power. The two are not unrelated. This preoccupation with veracity finds a foothold in spaces, objects, and surfaces that masquerade as quotidian but are clearly unreliable narrators.

A forthcoming collaborative book project (with my good friend and colleague Edward Schwarzschild) that examines the growth industry of Homeland Security in America features scores of interviews with and portraits of DHS and Intelligence personnel. The book also includes some of the work you see here: large-scale photographs of models based on Google Earth imagery of sites where several of these interviews took place.

Recent philosophical positions in logic, including Object Oriented Ontology and Speculative Realism, also factor into this equation, as does the Modernist obsession with the grid, particularly as they inform photography’s digital evolution. The familiar grey checkerboard pattern, for example, of a transparent layer in Photoshop (which is now more a signifier of empty space than actual empty space) represents more than a passive, benign background—it is part of our new, weird grammar of visualizing the invisible. Hand-constructed environments and objects impersonate their virtual counterparts and expose the circular logic that often undergirds not only specific imaging technologies including texture mapping, 3D printing and augmented reality; but also some of the persistent epistemological underpinnings of photography, generally.




Danny Goodwin lives and works near Albany, New York. Originally from Dallas, Texas, his photographic, video and installation work has been seen in numerous solo and group exhibitions including: Jack the Pelican Presents, Art Resources Transfer, Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, Momenta Art, and the Brooklyn Museum of Art, all in New York City, as well as the California Museum of Photography in Riverside, California; the Woodstock Museum in Woodstock, NY; Proposition Gallery in Belfast, Ireland; Washington Project for the Arts in Washington, D.C.; Penn State Altoona, Pennsylvania; Cartel Gallery, London, U.K.; Galerie Sans Titre in Brussels, Belgium; UKS in Oslo, Norway; and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York.

Danny Goodwin is a 2005 Artists’ Fellowship recipient of the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA). His publication credits include The Boston Globe, Influence Magazine, Details Magazine, i-D Magazine, Pierogi Press, The Brooklyn Rail, The New York Daily News, The Washington Post, The Seattle Times, The Ft. Worth Star-Telegram and The Albany Times Union. He is Associate Professor of Art and Director of the Studio Art program in the Department of Art and Art History in College of Arts and Sciences at the University at Albany, SUNY and has previously taught photography and digital imaging at both Purdue University and the Cooper Union School of Art. He received an M.F.A. in Combined Media from Hunter College in 1992 and a B.F.A. in Photography from the School of Art at the University of North Texas in 1989.

2019 Solo Show Artists were juried by Anastasia James Associate Curator at the Lucas Museum of Art and Former Curator of Exhibitions and Programs, Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, SUNY New Paltz.

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