I translate photos into paintings that call attention to implicit political and social narratives transcribed in the built environment. The architectural image is represented to introduce a dialogue about changing political power structures, failed utopias, the impacts of ideological struggles, war and natural upheavals. I am interested in the highly symbolic role architecture plays in politics and its power to function as an icon of our lived experience, a portrait of an existential phenomenology whose features manifest where society is at one particular moment in history. My paintings point to the shifting of the significance and meaning in both images of places and the places themselves. The potential divergence and duality of images and the media’s role in covering and presenting issues to the public is closely tied to a pictorial architecture, and its ability to act as an icon for political, religious and social systems and belief.
Daniel Rich was born in Ulm, Germany and moved to the United States in 1996. He received his BFA from The Atlanta College of Art in 2001 and an MFA from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Tufts University in 2004. Upon graduating, he received a full fellowship to attend the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and he was awarded a Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation Studio Grant for 2010/2011. He will be an artist in residence at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha, NE in 2012. Rich has exhibited his work at Mario Diacono Gallery, Boston, Peter Blum Gallery, Perry Rubenstein Gallery, Elizabeth Dee Gallery, and at Horton Gallery/Sunday LES in New York, Andrew Rafacz Gallery, Chicago and The Maramotti Collection, Reggio Emilia, Italy. He currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.