Biography

Daniel González was born in Argentina in 1963; he lives and works in New York and Verona (Italy).

His work results from the research into celebration rites and cross-boundaries and it takes the form of public projects, sequined banner-painting and wearable one-off pieces exhibited in high-impact performances. González creates irrational and energetic worlds, areas of freedom in which existing conventions collapse.

González develops public art projects since 2007. These ephemeral pieces of architecture are fantasy installations for reality. Made with un-usual and light materials, they are ephemeral because they are intended to last for a short time and change the semantic value of the space or architecture for which they have been conceived. Like Bernini’s baroque frameworks, these ephemeral architectures are the tools for celebration which, like fairytales, influence the urban context and involve the community. They are contemporary structures because they catalyse new thoughts, reflections, and values about the concept of the community, belonging, and social sharing to generate emotions and activate new interpersonal relationships. These ephemeral architectures take part in the creation of an entertainment, typical of our society of information and virtual connections.

Morover, González submits art to life consumption: his artworks can be used, like the flower pots, conceived as unique packaging for potted plants with hand-sewn sequins on canvas, or passed through like curtains or simply hang on the wall, like the Mylar wallpaper and collages. Daniel González takes the mylar collage technique to a further step in order to create wonder inside the living space, like ephemeral works to celebrate every moment of our lives, pondering through their dazzle the hand-made minimalist compositions.

In 2007 Daniel González developed, in collaboration with artist Anna Galtarossa, two large-scale public projects. The first one, Chili Moon Town Tour, a utopic floating city produced by Maco México and Jumex Foundation, curated by Andrea Lissoni, premiered in Chapultepec Lake in Mexico City. The second one was privately commissioned, Homeless Rocket with Chandeliers, an installation centered on a crane 35 meters high in use on a building site in Lambrate, a suburban area in Milan. While on service during the daily hours, it transformed itself into an artwork at sunset, turning on neon lights, smoke machines and alarms.

González continues his “ephemeral architectures” production with Pop-Up Building during Witte de With Festival in Rotterdam in 2010, where he presented his first pop-up work, covering an historical church with cut-out cardboard, like a gigantic pop-up book, curated by Ruud Reutelingsperger.

In 2011 he participated in the Biennale of the Museo El Barrio in New York with the special project Pop-Up Museo Disco Club, a sculpture-installation that transformed the museum’s 5th Avenue façade and its lobby into a block party lasting six months, curated by Rocío Aranda-Alvarado, Trinidad Fombella and Elvis Fuentes.

In 2013 the artist presented the public installation Romeo’s Balcony, an idea of balcony installed mirror-like in front of Juliet’s House balcony in Verona, thanks to the collaboration with ArtVerona art fair, City Museums and Teatro Stabile di Verona.

In 2014 the artist was invited to the design fair Ventura Lambrate during the Milan Design Week with the projects Criminal Aesthetic Fashion Soundsystem and his artist-run fashion project, Daniel González D.G.Clothes Project, founded in 2004 in Berlin. In the same year, Noah Khoshbin, curator of Robert Wilson Watermill Center (Long Island, NY, USA) invited Daniel González to the Luminaria Festival in San Antonio, TX, USA, with the performance Bohemian Texas Street Home Fashion Show. In 2015 the D.G.Clothes Project presents the following performances: Aaaaaaahhh Anthology of a Liar, designed for Marsèll showroom in the exhibition space Marsèlleria, Milan, followed by Cheaper Fast Love, performance for the design fair Ventura Lambrate in Milian. In Rome the artist realized the performance, Portrait Fashion Factory, hosted in Santo Spirito in Sassia Monumental Complex.

Following to that the artist presented the solo show Super Reality at Valentina Bonomo Gallery and in September 2015 Pop-Up Building Milan, public art installation for Marsèlleria permanent exhibition in Milan, transforming the façade of the building in a cardboard fairytale, a dynamic structure inspired by children pop-up books over 250 square meters. In 2016 the artist presents Paper Building a site-specific project that premieres the Foundation La Fabbrica del Cioccolato in Tessin, Switzerland. The ephemeral architecture on the facade of the former Cima Norma chocolate factory takes to the zero degree the history of its architecture. In Paper Building the application of white billboard paper to the external facade of Cima Norma is complete; it annuls the history of industrial architecture to discover a new identity through the paper interruptions and breaks at each door and window.

In 2017 González receives the Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant, presents the solo show Your Stories in Milan at Boccanera T Gallery and premieres Imaginary Country, the site-specific project for Made in Lambrate Association, a public art installation that uses the traditional “pasacalles” street banners from Argentina and the language from most common social networks. The artist takes back to real life the digital sphere, inviting passers-by to imagine that their neighbourhood – Milano-Lambrate – possesses all you can imagine but cannot have. Fantasy becomes the very first virtual reality device, before the Internet-era.

In 2018 the artist presents Mi Casa Tu Casa the ephemeral architecture produced by Mondello Italo Belga, located in Mondello Palace Hotel garden in Palermo, collateral event for Manifesta 12 Palermo. The artist returns to his home-land country Argentina invited by MAR Museo Arte Contemporaneo in Mar del Plata for the developement of a community-based ephemeral architecture entitled Mi Casa tu Casa #Whatsupargentina? 

He exhibited in Zabludowicz Collection in London, Musée d’Art Contemporain de Bordeaux, Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich, Viafarini gallery (Milan), Neuer Kunstverein in Aachen, Second Prague Biennale and Manifesta 7 Trient/Bozen and in the following art galleries: Studio La Città (Verona, Italy), Diana Lowenstein (Miami, USA), Galleria Valentina Bonomo (Rome) and Spencer Brownstone (New York City). His works are included in several private collections, among them the Zabludowicz Collection, London, Fondation pour l’art contemporain Claudine et Jean-Marc Salomon (France), Luciano Benetton (Venice, Italy), Patrizia Pepe (Prato, Italy).

 

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Ephemeral Architectures

2018

Mi Casa Tu Casa #whatsupargentina?, Museo MAR, Mar Del Plata, Bueno Aires, Argentina
Mi Casa Tu Casa Magna Grecia, curated by Giacinto Di Pietrantonio, Contemporary Art Museum, Cosenza, Italy
Mi Casa Tu Casa, Fondazione Volume! & Mondello Italo Belga Sa, Manifesta12 Palermo Collateral Event, Mondello Palace Hotel, Palermo, Italy

2017

Imaginary Country, Made in Lambrate Association, Milan-Lambrate

2016

Paper Building, Fondazione La Fabbrica del Cioccolato, Cima Norma, Valle di Blenio, Kanton Tessin, Switzerland

2015

Pop-Up Building Milan, Marsèlleria, Milan, Italy

2013

Re-Set Building, Diana Lowenstein Gallery, Miami
Romeo’s Balcony, Juliet’s house courtyard, produced by ArtVerona art fair, City Museums, Teatro Nuovo Verona city repertory theatre, Verona, Italy
Door to the Origin of the World, Masseria Torre Coccaro Art Project, Brindisi, Italy

2011

Pop Up Museo Disco Club, public installation, El Museo’s Bienal / The [S] Files 2011: The Street Files, curated by Elvis Fuentes, Rocío Aranda-Alvarado and Trinidad Fombella, El Museo del Barrio, New York City, USA
Transportable Square Zordan, workshop with the employees of furniture company Zordan in Valdagno per A Beautiful Day – Art&Co. curated by Chiara De Cristan and Silvia Ferri de Lazara, Fondazione March

2010

Pop-Up Building, curated by Ruud Reutelingsberger, De Wereld van Witte de With Festival, Arminius church, Rotterdam, Holland

2007

Homeless Rocket with Chandeliers, Chili Moon Town Tour Productions (Anna Galtarossa & Daniel González), Lambrate, Milan, Italy
Chili Moon Town Tour, Chili Moon Town Tour Productions (Anna Galtarossa & Daniel González), curated by Andrea Lissoni, Chapultepec Park, Mexico City, special project for México Arte Contemporáneo, in collaboration with Spencer Brownstone Gallery, New York City, USA

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2018

Boccanera Gallery, Trient, Italy

2017

Your Stories, Boccanera T Gallery, Milan

2015

Super Reality, Galleria Valentina Bonomo, Rome, Italy

2013

Criminal Aesthetic Fashion at the Skyscraper Club, Diana Lowenstein Gallery (Anna Galtarossa & Daniel González), Miami, USA
Juliet & the Forbidden Games Shoes, D.G. Clothes Project, Studio La Città, Verona, Italy
Criminal Aesthetic Fashion Soundsystem, Patrizia Pepe Factory, curated by Ronaldo Fiesoli, text by Marco Tagliafierro, Prato, Italy

2012

Cloud Factory, (Anna Galtarossa & Daniel González), critical text by Giacinto Di Pietrantonio, Studio La Città, Verona, Italy

2010

Officina Italiana di Realtà Anticonformista, Alessandro Marena Project, Turin, Italy
Social & Political Structure of Fantasy, Vernon Projekt, Prague, Czech Republic
Pimp Art History, Diana Lowenstein Fine Arts, Miami, USA
Disco Le Corbusier, Spazio Rizoma, OFF Arte Fiera, Bologna, Italy

2009

A la Mierda lo que Piensen de Nosotros – UFO In My Bed, Vernon International & INSTAGE, Padova, Italy

2008

No Money No Honey, Chili Moon Town Tour Productions (Anna Galtarossa & Daniel González), Spencer Brownstone Gallery, New York City, USA

2006

Sono Incazzato Nero e Tutto Questo Non Lo Voglio Piú, curated by Andrea Lissoni, Viafarini, Milan, Italy

2004

Buy or Die, Play Gallery for still and motion picture, Berlin

Performance

2015

No Time To Waste, performance for Corporate Art Lease Service reception, Diana Lowenstein Gallery, Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Miami Beach
Portrait Fashion Factory, Daniel González D.G. Clothes Project performance for Spirito Due, curated by Valentina Ciarallo, Complesso Monumentale Santo Spirito in Sassia, Rome, Italy
Aaaaaaahhh Antologia di un Bugiardo, Daniel González D.G. Clothes Project performance, Marsèlleria, Milan, Italy
Cheaper Fast Love, Daniel González D.G. Clothes Project performance, Ventura Lambrate 2015, Milan Design Week, Italy

2014

Bohemian Texas Street Home Fashion Show, Luminaria Festival, curated by Noah Khoshbin, San Antonio, Texas, USA

2013

Juliet & the Forbidden Games Shoes, D.G. Clothes Project, Studio La Città, Verona, Italy
Romeo’s Balcony, Juliet’s House Courtyard, Art Verona project, Verona, Italy
Door to the Origin of the World with Grandmother Bag Collection, D.G. Clothes Project, Masseria Torre Coccaro Art Project, Brindisi, Italy
Crash Bar, The Volume of Air, Biennale di Venezia, Serra dei Giardini, Venice, Italy

2009

City of Dreams, artist parade, Chili Moon Town Tour Productions (Anna Galtarossa & Daniel González), curated by Blanca de La Torre, New York City, USA

2008

In You I Taste God, Pulse Miami Contemporary Art Fair, Miami, USA
My Clothes, workshop – performance, curated by Silvia Conta, Manifesta 7, Trentino-South Tyrol, Italy
City of Dreams, Chili Moon Town Tour Productions (Anna Galtarossa & Daniel González), Deitch Projects Art Parade 2008, New York City, USA

2007

Kinky Readymade Live, curated by Micaela Giovannotti, Tina B. The Prague Contemporary Art Festival, Prague, Czech Republic
Homeless Rocket with Chandeliers, performance, Chili Moon Town Tour Productions (Anna Galtarossa & Daniel González), Lambrate, Milan, Italy
Chili Moon Town Tour, performance, Chili Moon Town Tour Productions (Anna Galtarossa & Daniel González), curated by Andrea Lissoni, Chapultepec Park, Mexico City, special project for México Arte Contemporáneo, in collaboration with Spencer Brownstone Gallery, New York City, USA

2006

Sono Incazzato Nero e Tutto Questo Non Lo Voglio Piú, performance, curated by Andrea Lissoni, Viafarini, Milan, Italy
Strip Tradition Aguante Gringo Carajo, México Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City, México
Blow My Car Babe, curated by Stefano Pesce, Kunsthalle L’associazione Interazioni Locarno, Locarno, Switzerland
Pay is Not Enough to Come Into the National Gallery Prague, Tina B. the Prague Contemporary Art Festival, National Gallery, Prague Czech Republic

2005

Falling in Love Makes Me Stupid / Ponchos Collection, D.G. Clothes Project, curated by Stefanie Kreuzer, N.A.K., Neuer Aachener Kunstverein, Aachen, Germany
Freak Out and Get It, curated by Gea Politi, Prague Biennale 2, Prague, Czech Republic
Doll’s Room, Flash Art Fair, Bologna, Italy

2004

Buy or Die, D.G. Clothes Project, Play Gallery for still and motion picture, Berlin

Selected Group Exhibitions

2018

Summer Group Show, Diana Lowenstein Gallery, Miami
Humboldt Forum Berlin, shortlisted project proposals for “Art in Architecture” open competition, BBR, Berlin
Nero e Bianco, Valentina Bonomo Gallery, Rome
Il Marmo, Studio La Città, Verona
Eternity by Maurizio Cattelan, artistic contribution, Art Basel Cities Buenos Aires
Crëp, curated by Mariano Pichler, text by Letizia Ragaglia, Galleria Doris Ghetta, Ortisei, South Tyrol, Italy
Mylar Wallpaper, Ventura Future design show, Milan Design Week, Future Dome, Milan

2015

Urban Hives, curated by Green Island, Fuorisalone 2015, Milan, Italy

2014

Luminaria Festival, curated by Noah Khoshbin, San Antonio, Texas, USA
Ventura Lambrate Design Fair, Milan, Italy
25 Yrs Anniversary Show, Diana Lowenstein Gallery, Miami, USA
DAMN Magazine Anniversary Show, Internationa Biennale Inerieur, Kortrijk, Belgium
Artecho, A Remix of Abundance, curated by Alajandra Esayag and Tam Gryn, Sun West Studios, New York City, USA
Visione Territoriale, curated by Giacinto Di Pietrantonio, Fortezza di Civitella, Teramo, Italy

2013

I have a dream too, Marena Gallery, Turin, Italy
PIN. Auction Party, Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Germany
Babylon Disco Lemon Tree, installation, Tina B Festival, Anacapri, Naples Italy
Tina B. Festival, Anacapri, Naples, Italy

2012

Metamorphosis. Moroso Collections, from Design to Visual Arts, curated by Andrea Bruciati, Museo di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Udine, Italy
Premio Michetti 2012: Popism, L’Arte in Italia dalla Teoria dei Mass Media ai Social Network, curated by Luca Beatrice, Francavilla al Mare, Italy
Rewind. 50 anni di FENDER in Italia, curated by Luca Beatrice, Museo della Musica, Bologna, Italy

2011

Scratch’n’Cut. All Remix Everything, curated by Lukas Feireiss, MADE, Berlin, Germany
El Museo’s Bienal / The [S] Files 2011: The Street Files, curated by Elvis Fuentes, Rocío Aranda-Alvarado and Trinidad Fombella, El Museo del Barrio, New York City
A Painting Show, curated by Aaron Moulton, Autocenter, Berlin, Germany

2010

Kings Zine #1 Life, Curated by KINGS e Guia Cortassa, Assab One, Milan, Italy
Re-Imagining Architecture Between Fact and Fiction, curated by Lukas Feireiss, AedesLand, Berlin, Germany
Insiders, curated by Francine Fort, Charlotte Laubard, CAPC, Bordeaux, France
The Library of Babel / In and Out of Place, curated by Anna-Catarina Gebbers, 176 Zabludowicz Collection, London, UK
A Basic Human Impulse, art & design, curated by Andrea Bruciati, GC.AC Galleria Comunale d’Arte Contemporanea Monfalcone, Monfalcone, Italy

2009

Insiders: Practices, Uses, Know-how, curated by Francine Fort, Michel Jacques, Claire Petetin, Eric Troussicot, CAPC Musée d’Art Contemporain de Bordeaux, Bordeaux, France

2008

City of Dreams, Chili Moon Town Tour Productions (Anna Galtarossa & Daniel González), Deitch Projects Art Parade 2008, New York City, USA
Leftovers, Mariano Pichler Collection, curated by Luca Cerizza and Jennifer Chert, Micamoca, Berlin, Germany
Stultifera Navis, curated by Andrea Bruciati and Marco Tagliafierro, Porta Sant’Agostino, Bergamo, Italy

2007

Manifesta 7 Trient/ Bozen, Italy
Tina B. The Prague Contemporary Art Festival, Prague, Czech Republic

2006

Tina B. the Prague Contemporary Art Festival, National Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic

Special Projects

2018

Mi Casa Tu Casa Magna Grecia, BO.CS Art, artist in residence, curated by Giacinto Di Pietrantonio, Contemporary Art Museum, Cosenza, Italy
Daniel González D.G.Clothes Project, Pop-Up Shop Milano, Milan Design Week

2015

MARS Marsèll Art Run Space, Padua, Italy

2014

Criminal Aesthetic Fashion Soundsystem, Ventura Lambrate, Fuorisalone, Milan, Italy
Bastardisation Sculpture Shoes Collection, D.G. Clothes Project, Ventura Lambrate, Fuorisalone, Milan, Milan, Italy
The Origin of the Floor, Palazzo Clerici, Gorgonzola, Monza, Italy

2013

Happiness Before Civilization, PIN. Auction Party, PInakothek der Moderne, München, Germany
Bohemian Street Home, installation work, via Ventura 5, Lambrate, Milan, Italy
Babylond Disco Lemon Tree, installation, Tina B Festival, Anacapri, Naple, Italy

2009

Handmade Ride, pimped Mini Cooper for Tina B. the Prague Contemporary Art Festival, Prague, Italy

2008

Honeymoon, lamp, edition of 20 + ap for Plusdesign, Lambrate, Milan, Italy

Lectures & Talks

2018

Master in Urban Heritage and Global Tourism, lecture, professor Marco Ardielli, IUAV University, Venice

2017

Dissertation by Daniel González at FAUD, Faculty of Architecture, Urbanism and Design, University of Mar Del Plata, Buenos Aires. Attendees: Arq. Guilliermo Osvaldo Echiolaza, Decano of FAUD; D.I. Beatriz Martìnez, Vice-Decano of FAUD; Arq. Daniel Villalba, Secretary of Works at UNMDP; Arq. Ariel Magnoni, Academic Secretary of FAUD; Arq. Elvira Garbesi, FAUD Faculty Coordinator; Juan Alberto Bussetti, Constructor in Mar del Plata together with artistic gourp Casa Intermitente; Talk with students of Instituto San Alberto Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina, secondary level, 2A & 2B, topic: why art matters, Professor Daniela Ramìrez; Contemporary Art Phenomenon, lecture, professor Claudio Musso, Fine Arts Academy, Bergamo, Italy

2016

Museums and Cultural Spaces as Motor of Urban and Social Progress, peer member at the international symposium, at the 15th Architecture Biennale Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, September 24th, 2016, an event accompanying the exhibition “V.D.N.H. Urban Phenomenon” organized by Russian Culture Ministry and ANCB The Metropolitan Laboratory, Berlin

2015

Forum Arte Contemporanea, “La provocazione nell’arte” panel curated by Fabiola Naldi, Prato, Italy

2014

The Upcoming Art, conference with students of Accademia Albertina, Associazione Alessandro Marena e Accademia Albertina, Turin, Italy

2013

L’arte come sogno, rivoluzione, cambiamento, debate with Luca Beatrice, Rä di Martino, Anna Galtarossa, Massimo Grimaldi, lecture at Circolo dei Lettori, Biennale of Democracy, Turin, Italy

2012

Porsche Live, Pensieri e Altri Suoni, Le Metropoli, organized by Fondazione March and Porsche Italia, lecture at historical literary venue Sala Rossini, Caffè Pedrocchi, Padua, Italy

2009

Spacecraft 2: More Fleeting Architecture and Hideouts, lecture and panel discussion at German leading bookshop Walther König, Museuminsel, Berlin. Other panelists were Markus Bader (architect, raumlabor, Berlin), Dr. Niklas Maak (art critic, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung), Martin Rein-Cano (landscape architect, TOPOTEK 1) and Lukas Feireiss (curator and editor of book publisher Gestalten)

Grants & Awards

2017

Pollock-Krasner Foundation, New York, grant recipient

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