Daniel Bertalot: The Distancing Effect
October 8 – December 4, 2016
Until recently, emerging artist Daniel Bertalot’s practice most frequently explored the ways in which human beings’ experiences of the natural environment are predicated on some form of mediation. Noting that we usually do not have “raw” encounters with flora and fauna, his works in drawing, video, and sculptural installation wryly document and reveal how our interactions with nature usually involve some degree of artifice or fabrication that removes us from direct and immediate engagements with the natural world. These studies of human interaction with built environments emerge with a new focus in The Distancing Effect. A site-specific mixed media installation, the work comments on the role that technology plays in facilitating most aspects of human experience. Observing how contemporary life is lived under the gaze of multiple forms of surveillance and electronic documentation, Bertalot uses painting, video, and drawing to underscore how cameras, television monitors and various other forms of technology alter not only the ways that we receive and understand information, but how the act of disappearing becomes virtually impossible under their watch.
IMAGE: Daniel Bertalot, Humdrum in Hodgepodge, 2016. Site-specific installation.