Daniel Gustav Cramer
Six Works

Jun 18th – Aug 8th, 2010
The Return Gallery, Dublin

Production still of video
Video on monitor, 9:52 min.
DVD, b/w, silent, loop

Wolfe Creek Crater, Western Australia, filmed from the air in full circle.
71 x 61 cm
Edition of 5 + 2 AP

The oldest non-biblical Latin manuscript in Great Britain, a manuscript of St. Jerome’s Latin translation and adaptation of the Greek chronicle of Eusebius, bishop of Ceasarea, describing the history of mankind starting with Adam and Eve until A.D. 378, with supplements added by other writers, the final appendage in A.D. 442. The chronicle constructs a time line comparing parallel historical records from the first year of Abraham to the twentieth of Jerome’s own emperor Constantine (A.D. 326), linking the Macedonian king-lists and Greek Olympiads with the regnal years of Roman emperors.

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

About Daniel Gustav Cramer

Daniel Gustav Cramerʼs (*1975) exhibitions often consist of an installation of individual elements that together unfold as one single body.


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