The Principles of Aerodynamics is a physical solution to the manifestation of a psychological problem. The pieces collectively form an ongoing pursuit of ‘escape’ through the metaphor of flight, where some may be successful and others may not. Currently up at [MARS] Gallery 7 James Street, Windsor 3181 Melbourne, AU.
Artist Daniel Agdag will tell you that he makes things out of cardboard. He’s modest. This declaration in no way illuminates the delicate form and eccentric narrative of his work. His pieces are created entirely from the unassuming medium of cardboard and PVA glue. To say he pushes the medium to its limits is an understatement. A Melbourne based artist and passionate filmmaker, Agdag has been toiling away in his tiny studio in Melbourne’s South Yarra creating intricate meticulous industrial machines of his own imagination. The work examines the over-engineering of simple tasks with intricate technologies, and subtly hints at the modern culture of persistent surveillance and abject disregard for preservation of beautiful histories. Agdag describes his process as ‘sketching with cardboard’, as he makes no detailed plans or drawings of the pieces he creates. His work has been described as architectural in form, whimsical in nature and inconceivably intricate.
Above Work L-R:
‘The Seventy-Eight”, 2014, cardboard, trace paper mounted on wooden base with hand-blown glass dome, 58.5 x 30.5 cm
‘The Captain’, 2014, cardboard, trace paper mounted on wooden base with hand-blown glass dome, 58.5 x 30.5 cm
‘The 4th Fatality’, 2014, cardboard, trace paper mounted on wooden base with hand-blown glass dome, 58.5 x 30.5 cm