The fluid and fragile nature of memory is extremely important to Daniel Canogar. Within his studio practice Canogar frequently posits technology as reflective of society’s shared consciousness in that technology is constantly changing; the new replacing the old at such a pace that recollections of some things once so important are virtually forgotten. Echo, the work on view, gives physical form to this process. Using innovative flexible LED tiles of his own design, Canogar’s screen forms can be shaped into curls and waves, their luminescence reaching beyond the confines of Echo’s sculptural form, giving viewers a physical object they can move around, as well as, to some degree, through and within. Stunningly beautiful, the work is alluring and unavoidable, much like many memories themselves. Whether the work in this installationwill live on by achieving some degree of immortally or fall victim to cultural amnesia is too speculative to consider. Simply, Echo is not necessarily a clarion call to remember something specific. It presents to us a fascinating metaphorical anatomy of how technology, something ostensibly cold, hard and empirical, reflects our humanity back at us.
Daniel Canogar holds an M.A. in photography from NYU and the International Center for Photography. Among his many exhibition credits are Jonathan Ferrara Gallery as a P.2 Project in New Orleans, LA; Joel and Lila Harnett Museum of Art, Richmond, VA; Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando, FL; Borusan Contemporary, New York, NY; Chronus Art Center, Shanghai, China; Times Square, New York, NY; Museo de la Universidad de Navarra, Pamplona, Spain; and bitforms gallery, New York, NY. (Hilliard art Museum press-release)