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     veridical shadows, or the unfoldings of a deceptive physicality, the first exhibition by Daniel de Paula in our Brussels space, juxtaposes a variety of objects, including sculptures, a museological artifact on loan from the collection of the Centre Céramique in Maastricht, collages, and a video installation, in attempt to give continuation to the artist’s critical investigations upon the abstract forces within capitalism that produce infrastructural space and reproduce violent social relations. The show’s title itself, veridical shadows, or the unfoldings of a deceptive physicality, alludes to two entwined realities — the material reality that surrounds us, and an opaque phantasmagorical structure, informed by the omnipresence of labor and the production of value in our society, and which is indissociable from materiality itself. de Paula’s works grasp such duality by way of artistic maneuvers such as the appropriation of carefully sought for contextual objects and images, as well as by means of interventions into mechanisms of economic transaction and exchange of his very own work.

     

    Click here to read to full exhibition text written by the artist.

     

  • obscuration (2021)

    This work, seen by Daniel de Paula as a "video-negotiation", is a compilation of appropriated drone inspection footage for ballast water, oil, and gas tanks within cargo ships. Although the muted video now has the length of 38 minutes, it has an open-ended duration. Technical footage has fascinated Daniel for some time exactly because it brings to light hidden (although vital) parts of the enormous infra-structure required to maintain our economic system. To Daniel, the phantasmagoric aspect of these footages is not coincidental. They precisely translate the shadow in which these high-cost structures are kept. A shadow designed to create the deceitful illusion of a wire-less economy. 

     

    € 4,500,00

    • Daniel de Paula power-flow, 2021 156 x 21,5 x 17,5 cm unique
      Daniel de Paula
      power-flow, 2021
      156 x 21,5 x 17,5 cm
      unique
      €8,000.00
  • The juxtaposition of different artifacts that, together, could shed light on hidden aspects of their materialities, precedence and socio-political use has been Daniel de Paula's modus operandi throughout his whole career. Works developed within the power-flow series set together fragments of infrastructural subterranean (or submarine) data cables – responsible for the fast circulation of information that control our economical system and media communication – and fulgurites, natural masses of vitrified or fused soil that result from the discharge of electrical lightings over sand, evidence of the natural flow of time inside geological formations. What both of these elements physically display are tactile manifestations of high powered forces. What they hide is their individual significance and how their artificial or natural origins can provide a glimpse on our current relation with time.

     

    • Daniel de Paula power-flow, 2021 15 x 31 x 13 cm unique
      Daniel de Paula
      power-flow, 2021
      15 x 31 x 13 cm
      unique
      €5,000.00
  • social continuum reflection (2021) social continuum reflection (2021)

    For this work, Daniel de Paula has purchased a box of decommissioned road reflectors in a Dutch governmental auction. They were all previously spaced out  on a public highway segment equivalent to 1 kilometer. What's at stake here is not the materiality of the road, but its function as an infra-structural axis designed for the constant circulation of workers and commodities. Highways, although frequently seen as symbols of freedom and possibilities, also carry a paradoxical duality within: at the same time they allow, they restrict. The alleged progress they promisse can also materialize as restrained control. 

     

    € 7,000,00

  • The work below consists of a sale agreement, plus the certificate of authenticity of a shadow. The shadow in question is produced by a copperplate utilized for indirect printing on ceramic previously in use at the Petrus Regout & Co. porcelain and glass factory in 1865 during a speculated visit of philosopher Karl Marx to the factory facilities. As Daniel de Paula explains, "my interest lies not on the copperplate itself, not on the materiality of the object, but instead on what its physicality conceals, on the ideological essence that lies behind its explicit appearance, on its phantom, its shadow, and on the violent inhuman and abstract categories of capitalism —time, labor, and value – that rule over everything and everyone. Finally, through a self-critical posture aware of the commodification of my own work, which unescapably reproduces capitalism’s abstract forces, I fetishistically transform the physical and metaphysical shadow of the exhibited copperplate into a commodity, into a unique sellable and collectable artwork, available for purchase via Galeria Jaqueline Martins, by means of a certificate and contractual language that asserts its ownership, in like manner to any legal document that validates a commercial exchange and upholds proprietorship, be it of land or of one’s own soul".

    • Daniel de Paula fetiche-feitiço, 1865-ongoing immeasurable dimensions unique
      Daniel de Paula
      fetiche-feitiço, 1865-ongoing
      immeasurable dimensions
      unique
      €5,000.00
    • Daniel de Paula power-flow, 2021 130 x 40 x 25 cm unique
      Daniel de Paula
      power-flow, 2021
      130 x 40 x 25 cm
      unique
      Sold
    • Daniel de Paula power-flow, 2021 14 x 102 x 8 cm unique
      Daniel de Paula
      power-flow, 2021
      14 x 102 x 8 cm
      unique
      €7,000.00
  • OTHER EXHIBITION VIEWS
  • deceptive physicality, veridical shadows (2021) deceptive physicality, veridical shadows (2021)

     

    In deceptive physicality, veridical shadows, Daniel de Paula once again uses juxtaposition as a strategy to reveal hidden symbology embedded into the materials he appropriates. For each work in this series, the artist has collected and set together two commonly used templates for watch advertisements. While the images on the right allude to the natural shadows cast by ancient solar watches, the ones on the left use geomorphological and mineral imagery to construct a sense of trust, precision and immutability. Both, nevertheless, demonstrate how the abstract time of capital societies (for which the status of high-priced watches is very symbolic) has dominated our bodies, and conscience, over what used to be a more nature-driven life, where the time of seasons, crops, day and night would guide us - not the abstract time of work schedules and global time-zones.

     

    By using images of highly seductive publicity to sell his own work and ideas, the artist also acknowledges his position as a producer of valuable objects and ironically uses these forces for his own advertisement. 

    • Daniel de Paula deceptive physicality, veridical shadows, 2021 18,5 x 27 cm unique
      Daniel de Paula
      deceptive physicality, veridical shadows, 2021
      18,5 x 27 cm
      unique
      €2,800.00
    • Daniel de Paula deceptive physicality, veridical shadows, 2021 25,5 x 34 cm unique
      Daniel de Paula
      deceptive physicality, veridical shadows, 2021
      25,5 x 34 cm
      unique
      €2,800.00
    • Daniel de Paula deceptive physicality, veridical shadows, 2021 31 x 52 cm unique
      Daniel de Paula
      deceptive physicality, veridical shadows, 2021
      31 x 52 cm
      unique
      €2,800.00
    • Daniel de Paula deceptive physicality, veridical shadows, 2021 27 x 41,5 cm unique
      Daniel de Paula
      deceptive physicality, veridical shadows, 2021
      27 x 41,5 cm
      unique
      €2,800.00
    • Daniel de Paula deceptive physicality, veridical shadows, 2021 25,5 x 34 cm unique
      Daniel de Paula
      deceptive physicality, veridical shadows, 2021
      25,5 x 34 cm
      unique
      €2,800.00
    • Daniel de Paula deceptive physicality, veridical shadows, 2021 28,5 x 41 cm unique
      Daniel de Paula
      deceptive physicality, veridical shadows, 2021
      28,5 x 41 cm
      unique
      €2,800.00
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