The Phillips Collection presents a Digital Intersections project by Daniel Canogar in celebration of the museum’s 100th anniversary.
Watch Amalgama Phillips—now being livestreamed on YouTube—and visit The Phillips Collection to see the site-specific projection at The Phillips Collection and Phillips@THEARC.
Amalgama Phillips uses 550 images of artworks from the museum’s permanent collection to create a generative digital artwork that liquefies all the works in a seamless blend of melted imagery. Whether experienced in-person or online, the images of the artworks melt into a rich abstract animation. The piece is constantly evolving, producing new visual configurations driven by an algorithm. The title, Amalgama, or amalgam in English, refers to the process of blending or melting of visuals. Conceptually, Amalgama Phillips explores how digital media is shifting our experience and understanding of art. The swirling visual effects that have altered the original artworks parallel our ever-changing reality as well as the ceaseless flow of information on social media that has also transformed how art is consumed.
The Cultural Office of the Embassy of Spain joins the Phillips’s centennial celebration by presenting Canogar’s Amalgama El Prado (2019), originally screened on the façade of the Museo Nacional del Prado to mark the museum’s 200th anniversary, and now presented for the first time in the United States at the former Residence of the Ambassador of Spain (September 15-November 5, 2021).
On September 14, from 7-9 pm, as part of the University of Maryland’s NextNOW Fest and in conjunction with the opening of the exhibition, Amalgama Phillips will be projected at UMD on the Parren J. Mitchell Art-Sociology Building, with a pop-up performance from the Thalea String Quartet.
Born to a Spanish father and an American mother, Daniel Canogar (b. 1964, Madrid, Spain; lives and works in Madrid, Spain) received a masters degree from New York University in 1990, but soon after shifted his interest toward projected image, installations, and public art. Canogar’s public artworks include Constellations, the largest photo-mosaic in Europe created for two pedestrian bridges in MRío Park (Madrid, 2010), and Asalto, a series of video-projections presented on various emblematic monuments, including the Arcos de Lapa (Rio de Janeiro, 2009), the Puerta de Alcalá (Madrid, 2009); the church of San Pietro in Montorio (Rome, 2009), and Storming Times Square in Times Square (New York, NY, 2014). He has exhibited at Reina Sofia Contemporary Art Museum, Madrid; Wexner Center for the Arts, Ohio; Borusan Contemporary Museum, Istanbul; American Museum of Natural History, New York; Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh; and Palacio Velázquez, Madrid, among others.
IMAGE: Daniel Canogar, Amalgama Phillips, 2021, Generative artwork, dimensions variable, The Phillips Collection, The Dreier Fund for Acquisitions. Photo: Studio Daniel Canogar
Intersections is a series of contemporary art projects that explores—as the title suggests—the intriguing intersections between old and new traditions, modern and contemporary art practices, and museum spaces and artistic interventions. Whether engaging with the permanent collection or diverse spaces in the museum, the projects suggest new relationships with their own surprises. Many of the projects also riff on the nontraditional nature of the museum’s galleries, sometimes activating spaces that are not typical exhibition areas with art produced specifically for those locations.
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