About the Work
Dan Attoe offers us glimpses into the sublime, ineffable qualities of our physical world. Demonstrating an intimate grasp of interconnectedness fused with deftness of technique, Attoe creates dream-like visions in succinct atmospheres, imbued with ethereal poetics. Rendered in his characteristic scrawl, these textual whispers aren’t entirely dissimilar from Jenny Holzer’s Truisms or Ed Ruscha’s snippets, though the separation is tonal — Attoe’s one-liners read as conversational, passing thoughts, plucked from the subconscious quality of the image. Whether executed through tranquil painted landscapes, his dedicated drawing process, minimalist neon sculptures, or burgeoning tattoo practice, Attoe’s approach echoes with authentic adoration for the natural world.
In our new collaboration with Attoe, a hand-finished series of 20, his painting practice merges with his neon concepts, resulting in a compelling narrative of unique works.
“We used one of my neon paintings as the printed foundation. I make these types of paintings because some drawings that might inspire a neon sculpture have elements that instead work better as a painted faux-neon. I’ve designed neon for 17 years now and come up with ideas all the time but some of those ideas don’t fit entirely into the constraints of the medium. For example, Poodle and Universe, the painting on which Star Poodle is based, has an element of a swirling galaxy that I wanted hovering in the night sky.
The folks at Exhibition A digitally removed the original text from the painting so I could create differentiated faux-neon phrases on each of the 20 prints. Using an airbrush to create the glow, I then painted lines on top, mimicking the effect of neon tubes.
The text I choose arises from my drawing process. Daily, I’ll draw one image that could become a painting, one more cartoonish image — which is typically where the neon sculpture designs come from — and there’s almost always text within or nearby the drawings. The wordings I selected for Star Poodle play on different qualities inherent in the image; a phrase someone might say to a dog, something referencing the celestial quality of the composition, the imagined psychological state of the poodle, or references to movie posters and album covers.”
Dan Attoe (b. 1975, Bremerton, WA) has mounted solo exhibitions at The Hole (Los Angeles, New York), Western Exhibitions (Chicago), Half Gallery (New York), and Peres Projects (Berlin, Los Angeles), among others. Select group exhibitions include presentations at de boer (Los Angeles), Lubeznik Center for the Arts (Michigan City, IN) Over the Influence (Los Angeles), Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art (Portland), The Hall Art Foundation (Reading, VT) curated by Eric Fischl, MoMA PS1 (New York), and the Zabludowicz Collection (London). Attoe lives and works in Washougal, Washington.
Authentication & Resale
Signed, dated, and numbered on front by the artist. This works ships with a Certificate of Authenticity signed by Exhibition A. Please keep this in a safe place as we are unable to replace COAs.
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