‘Disguised as a Dog’ a solo presentation of new works by Dan Rees, brings together sculpture, painting and photography. The works look at the paradoxical relation of the modern and ancient understanding of being a ‘Cynic’. In its ancient form the ‘Cynics’ displayed an unparalleled earnestness and commitment in their doggedness (‘cynic’ derives from ‘kunikos’ a Greek word meaning ‘dog-like’) towards freedom of the self from institutionalised forms of power. In its modern form cynicism can be understood as resulting from a levelling of values, personal and objective, leading to nihilistic tendencies permeating culture which is predominated by the escapist mechanisms of the culture industry.
Dan Rees (b, UK, between London and Berlin) He practice spans a variety of different mediums, painting, sculpture photography and video. He studied at Camberwell College Of Arts, London Institute (2001-2004) and at Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste Städelschule, Frankfurt (2007-2009). Recent exhibition include: Ruins of the Cambrian Age, Tanya Leighton, Berlin, Depressed Earth, Múrias | Centeno, Lisbon, Road Back To Relevance, Nomas Foundation, Rome, both 2016; Stimulate Surprise, Tanya Leighton, Berlin, Think Local Act Global, MOT International, Brussels 2015; Top Heavy, T293, Rome, Kelp, National Museum of Wales, 2013.