YIRI ARTS 伊日藝術計劃

Daniel Sueiras Fanjul 丹尼爾.蘇維勒斯.范弗

“We expected the executioner’s axe to fall at any moment, but the truth was we would die ignorant and enslaved.”
-Isle of Dogs

Compared with our more dexterous primate cousins, humans have been able to utilize superior intellect, modern medicine, and technology to significantly extend our lifespans. Through natural selection and survival of the fittest, mankind has come to dominate the Earth, taking and exploiting the natural habitats of other animals in our self-interested quest for more living space. And now, after we have driven others to extinction, extreme climate caused by global warming is striking back at us, and ironically, it appears that nature may have the last laugh.

“Nobody’s giving up around here, and don’t you forget it. Ever.”
-Chief “Isle of Dogs”

Renowned American director Wes Anderson’s stop-motion film “Isle of Dogs” is true to its name, featuring dogs as characters and subjective narrators. Behind the imaginative story is an exploration of humanity’s habitat, and reflection upon our actions. Telling the tale of a boy’s efforts to rescue his dog, viewers are treated to a cutting yet non-preachy metaphor for the ways we try to sugarcoat and justify our destructive struggles for domination. Conservation, racism, classism, chaotic media, strays… Anderson utilizes these topics in his trademark humorous style, challenging and poking at the system through a roundabout cautionary fable.

Looking at me? I’m inspecting you too.As one of cinema’s great auteurs, Anderson’s distinct visual style and color palette leaves an easily recognizable mark on his creations. Likewise, Daniel Sueras Fanjul’s anthropomorphized animal portraits – complete with bourgeois taste in fashion and lifelike expressions – have become a distinct trademark of his, drawing us in as if a distorting mirror, planting a seed of doubt in our minds: aren’t people just animals with a different appearance? In comparison to other species, what exactly have we contributed? What have we taken from them? Despite being the self-proclaimed masters of dominion, only a thin line separates the noble human from our animal nature.

Moral depression underneath exquisite frames Suits and leather, round-frame glasses, fancy crowns, retro mosaics, Prussian blue, light yellow, light pink… like Anderson, Daniel has an affinity for nostalgia, demonstrated by the old-school serene composure of a hipster seen in their protagonists. Further strengthening the coherence of theme in each work is Daniel’s painstaking effort in collecting old items from bazaars and frames from antique shops, favoring those with a sense of age and grandiose baroque style. Sometimes he works in reverse, allowing the frame to determine composition for a portrait. Each painting is a stage showcasing humor and whimsy, and as we enjoy his body of work, it’s like flipping through a colorful book of fairy tales that encourages us to ponder: in a world dominated by flashy packaging and lofty titles, computer windows and cell phone screens, are we becoming narrower in our never-ending pursuit of sophistication? Are we losing respect for the world and life?

The universe is a gigantic puzzle, in which everything has its place, naturally making its way forward. A single piece in the wrong place, no matter how small, may serve to tear the whole thing down. By telling fables with art, Daniel encourages us to break free from the prejudices and arrogance of human supremacy, finding ways to respect and coexist with nature. Only then will we deserve the title “hominid primates”.

「我們以為屠刀很快就會落下,然而真正的答案是:在懵懂中被奴役至死。」- 《犬之島》
“We expected the executioner’s axe to fall at any moment, but the truth was we would die ignorant and enslaved.”
-Isle of Dogs

相較於四肢靈巧、腦容量大的靈長類動物,智商較高的人類因現代醫學和科技進展大幅延長了生命週期。在「物競天擇,適者生存」的演化下,人類成了地球上強勢的主宰者,為了爭取生存空間、滿足己利,對其他物種進行大規模的掠奪。強取棲息地、侵略大自然,加劇了其他物種與生態滅絕的危機,如今全球暖化造成的極端氣候,正一步步向人類反撲。

「給我記好了,在我這裡不允許任何狗說放棄。」-首領(《犬之島》上的領袖狗)
“Nobody’s giving up around here, and don’t you forget it. Ever.”
-Chief “Isle of Dogs”
美國鬼才導演魏斯安德森的定格動畫電影《犬之島》一如它的片名,狗狗不僅是全片的主角,更是主觀的敘事者。天馬行空的故事背後,探討的是人類的生存環境與對自身行為的反思。透過小男孩搶救心愛家犬的歷險記,以犀利卻不說教的方式,暗喻人類在權力鬥爭下,以各種糖衣美化自己的荒謬行徑。生態環保、種族歧視、階級對立、媒體亂象、流浪動物…,魏斯以他一貫幽默諧趣的童話奇想,戲而不謔地衝撞體制,宛如一則警世寓言,留給觀眾迴旋的空間。

你在看我嗎?我也正在檢驗你
如同魏斯電影鮮明的辨識度、馬卡龍般的影像調色盤,以動物肖像建立「作者論」*註的西班牙藝術家丹尼爾,藉由擬人化的逗趣表情、布爾喬亞的穿搭品味,讓我們在賞畫的同時被栩栩如生的眼神和突梯的趣味給吸引,宛如對著一面哈哈鏡,意識到自己何嘗不是披著人皮的動物。相對於不同的物種,我們究竟給予了什麼?對牠們又掠奪了什麼?自詡為萬物之靈、高高在上的人類,人性與獸性有時只是一線之隔。

華美框架下的道德憂鬱
西裝革履、圓框眼鏡、尊榮皇冠、復古拼花、普魯士藍、鵝黃、淡綠、淺粉…藝術家丹尼爾同導演魏斯一樣,對懷舊風情有種特別的迷戀,他們鏡頭下的主角有一種老派文青的雍容自若。為了呼應每幅作品的主題,丹尼爾平日精心蒐集從舊物市集或結識的古董商購來的畫框,特別是一些有歲月感、華美貴氣的巴洛克式風格。有時也逆向操作,從畫框本身的性格來構思相對應的動物肖像。每幅畫自成舞台,有幽默,有奇想,當我們面帶微笑細細瀏覽全系列作品,彷彿閱讀一本色彩繽紛的成人童話繪本,同時進一步思索,在華美的包裝、名片的頭銜下;在電腦視窗與手機屏幕的框架中,我們似乎變得世故而狹隘,漸漸丟失了初心的感動,對宇宙生命的尊重。

全宇宙就像一面大拼圖,萬物各得其所、自然繁衍,只要有部分拼錯,哪怕是最小的一片,整個宇宙就崩壞了。藝術家透過作品來寓言,唯有拋開傲慢與偏見的人類本位主義,尊重自然和諧共處,才有資格自詡為「靈長類人科動物」。

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CV
 Will Wilson´s studio lessons, Baltimore USA
2000Spain University of Fine Arts Santa Isabel de Hungria, Seville, Spain Mastered on sculpture
1995II International Painting Course directed by Antonio López García, Jerez de la Frontera
 
Honor
2009FUND Concession FRONTERASUR 2009 Diputación de Cádiz, Spain
20091st Adquisition Prize Certamen Confederación de Empresarios de Cádiz, Cádiz, Spain
20081st Adquisition Prize Ciudad de la Letras de Tomelloso, Tomelloso, Spain
20061st Adquisition Prize Painting Modality Alcalde Zoilo, Rota, Spain
2006FINALIST Sculture Modality, Alcalde Zoilo, Rota, Spain
20011st PRIZE at 1st BIENNIAL of Contemporary Figurative Painting, CLAVE Gallery, Murcia, Spain
Solo Exhibition
2019Daniel Sueiras, Artmundi Gallery, Partis
2018Natural Selection, Bea Villamarin Gallery, Gijon, Spain
2016Natural Selection, YIRI ARTS, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
2016DANIEL SUEIRAS Marita Segovia Gallery, Madrid, Spain
2014NATURAL SELECTION Gallery Juliane Hundertmark, Berlin
2012DANIEL SUEIRAS Marita Segovia Gallery, Madrid
2010SELECCIÓN NATURAL Moret Art Gallery, A Coruña, Spain
2010SELECCIÓN NATURAL CAI Exhibition Space. El Puerto de Santa María, Spain
2007SELECCIÓN NATURAL Gades Gallery, Chiclana de la Frontera, Spain
2002DANIEL SUEIRAS GOMEZ GALLERY, itinerancy exhibit, Baltimore, MD, USA
2002DANIEL SUEIRAS SPANISH EMBASSY, itinerancy exhibit, Washington D.C., USA
2002DANIEL SUEIRAS GLENELG COUNTRY exhibit space, itinerancy exhibit, MARYLAND, USA
2002DANIEL SUEIRAS PAINTING-SCULPTURES 1998 -2001 Clave Gallery, Murcia, Spain
Group Exhibition
2016Zoologist 3.0, YIRI ARTS, Taichung, Taiwan
2014ANIMALS Colective, Gallery juliane hundertmark, Berlin
2013ÁFRICA MoretArt Gallery, A Coruña, Spain
2013CÁDIZ DIPUTACIÓN ART COLLECTION, itinerancy exhibición Cadiz Province, Spain
2012WEARTCADIZ Puerta Tierra Museum, Cádiz, Spain
2011ESPACIO ATLÁNTICO Moret Art Gallery, Vigo, Spain
2011WEARTCADIZ Taidemuseo.Contemporary Art Museum Riihimäki. Finland
2010ESPACIO ATLÁNTICO Moret Art Gallery, Vigo, Spain
2010FORO SUR Marita Segovia Gallery, Cáceres, Spain
2009CÁDIZ NIKITAIDETTA, CÁDIZ NUTIDSKONST Espoo, Finland
2009ALMONEDA Marita Segovia Gallery, Madrid
2008DANIEL SUEIRAS Marita Segovia Gallery, Madrid
2007VICEVERSA Oude Kerk, Amsterdam, Holland
2007VICEVERSA Santa Catalina Castle, Cádiz, Spain
2005INMERSIONES Rivadavia Space, Cádiz Diputation, Cádiz, Spain
2005INMERSIONES Art Centre Alfonso X el Sabio, Puerto de Santa María, Spain
2005DEARTE Gema Lazcano Gallery, Congress Palace, Madrid
2003NATIONAL PAINTING PRIZE ANTONIO LÓPEZ GARCIA Exhibition Tomelloso, Spain
2003DEARTE Gema Lazcano Gallery, Madrid
2003PEQUEÑO FORMATO Gema Lazcano Gallery, Madrid
2002100 X 100 Almirante Gallery, Madrid
2002ONLY DRAWINGS Gema Lazcano Gallery, Madrid
2002CONTEMPORARY DRAWINS Galería Clave, Murcia, Spain