Daniel Sinsel: Untitled
1. Exploring themes of space, perspective, and materiality, the exhibition features Sinsel’s new paintings and sculptures that harbor subtle notions of erotic desire and repressed violence
2. In this new body of work, Sinsel uses visual framing techniques to transform two-dimensional pictorial planes into illusions of three-dimensional architectural forms
Jason Haam presents Daniel Sinsel: Untitled, the artist’s first solo exhibition with the gallery. Exploring themes of space, perspective, and materiality, the exhibition features Sinsel’s new paintings and sculptures that harbor subtle notions of erotic desire and repressed violence. The title of the exhibition 一 Untitled 一 alludes to Sinsel’s works, which are collectively ‘untitled’. In the absence of an explanatory title, Sinsel does not provide a singular narrative of these works, but instead allows the viewers to freely interpret the dialogue between the visible objects and suggestive images.
In this new body of work, Sinsel uses visual framing techniques to transform two-dimensional pictorial planes into illusions of three-dimensional architectural forms. Reminiscent of the frescoes of the early Italian Renaissance, these illusions of walls, frames, and windows distort the work’s spatial perspective— perpetually shifting the viewer’s gaze between his bawdy objects and architectural edges. The hollow form of Sinsel’s sculptures often becomes the geometric borders within his paintings; and the suggestive objects placed in the center of Sinsel’s paintings, now move to the periphery of his frame- like sculptures.
As the geometric frames mediate the viewer’s experience of the objects, both within and beyond the frame, Sinsel also presents illusions within the symbolic implications embedded within the depicted objects. Through obscuring conventional perceptions and iconographies, Sinsel manifests a crucial intersection between visual expression and symbolic undertone. The artist never reveals any definitive meaning—or conceals for that matter—, but leaves space for viewers to arrive at their own interpretations and conclusions. Thus, these works exist in a state of flux—between pictorial image and materiality, deception and reality, erotic subtext and suggestive symbolism.
Redefining the boundaries of space and materiality, Sinsel creates environments without context, allowing the viewers to define and resolve the objects in their own terms. The artist’s manipulation of space, shape, and objecthood opens up the possibility of multiple interpretations of a single object. In allowing subjective imaginations within the context of illusion, Sinsel invites his viewers to explore an enticing and unrefined primitive fantasy buried within their minds—the untitled.
Born in Munich, Germany, Sinsel graduated with a BA in Painting from Chelsea College of Art and Design (2002) and an MA in Painting from the Royal College of Art (2004). Since then, the artist had held solo exhibitions at Sadie Coles HQ, London; Chisenhale Gallery, London; Galerie Micky Schubert, Berlin; and Office Baroque, Belgium. Group exhibitions include Hayward Gallery, London; Whitechapel Gallery, London; The Hepworth Wakefield, Wakefield, UK; Hauser & Wirth, Zurich; Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York; and the Royal College of Art, London.