Daniel Gustav Cramer
Jun 18th – Aug 8th, 2010
The Return Gallery, Dublin
Trying to talk about Daniel's work is difficult. I have been looking at it for over a year now and feel like I deeply understand it and at the same time can not explain the way in which I understand (repetition – maybe “in which I do”?) it. I methodically went through his work on his website every few days and was lucky enough to see some of it in real life. I am drawn to it. I have had long conversations with Daniel regarding his practice and yet I don't think we have ever really 'talked about it'. Obviously, we initially talk about the content of the work, it ́s form, but 'talking about' the work some how seems unnecessary. More than once while talking with Daniel, I have started telling a story.
The exhibition will show recent works that circle around a letter written to a friend. The works range from photographs to small text pieces, artist publications to videos.
In the letter Daniel Gustav Cramer describes his own incapability to understand the transformation between things alive to those vanished for good. He questions the difference between the experience of a present moment in relation to memory, and ultimately, the loss of it. This doubt returns in all works shown in this exhibition, which seem to reverberate between intimate moments and universal experiences.
Daniel Gustav Cramer studied at the Royal College of Art, London, and has recently returned from a residency at the Ruskin School of Art, Oxford. He took part in the Athens Biennale and is presented in museums and galleries in Germany, the USA and the UK. He is a winner of the Jerwood Photography Award.
An artist book will be published by The Green Box, Berlin, supported by the Kunststiftung NRW, the Goethe-Institut Irland and the RWE Foundation.
Curated by Kevin Kirwan
Supported by the Friends and Patrons of the Goethe-Institut Irland In cooperation with PhotoIreland Festival and EUNIC