Daniel Gordon Gets Physical (USA, 9 min )
Directed by: Wesley Miller, Rafael Salazar & Ava Wiland
What if the Internet had a body? In his DUMBO studio, artist Daniel Gordon photographs paper collages constructed from found images downloaded from the Web. 'I like to think about what I'm doing as an optimistic version of appropriation,' says Gordon, who wonders if he can transport digital images into real life by giving them a physical form.
The artist's paper tableaus, rich in vibrant colors and vivid patterns, are transformed in the process of making a picture with large format cameras. 'It's a fiction and a truth at the same time,' says Gordon, whose early 'Flying Pictures' series (2001-2004) created whimsical illusions of the artist in mid-flight.
The film reveals the behind-the-scenes process of two of Gordon's recent works - a silhouette of Ruby Sky Stiler (the artist's wife) and the still life 'Blue Watermelon and Shell' (2013) - from photographing in the studio to the final printing process with Anthony Accardi at Green Rhino in Williamsburg