Dan Rees

Berlin, Germany
APT London
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  • If you look closely at the reproductions of Fredrik Værslev’s work and at the installation views here, you cannot but notice that there is something decidedly strange and funny about them.

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  • The Fellbach Small Sculpture Triennial has launched its 13th international edition at the historic Alte Kelter in Fellbach, Germany – a former wine production facility located in the wine-growing village of Stuttgart-Uhlbach.

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  • The first thing that comes to mind when walking into Gravel Master, an exhibition of works by Berlin-based artist Dan Rees, is Wassily Kandinsky’s

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  • Seventy-eight artists – from Susan Hiller to Cerith Wyn Evans – have redesigned the classic Tarot de Marseille deck for a new exhibition.

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  • The second solo exhibition of Dan Rees draws together the artist’s associations around the theme of solidarity and is directly inspired by two communities; the small Welsh town of Merthyr Tydfil (near Rees’ hometown of Swansea) and the Central American country of Nicaragua.

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  • Kelp - a new art exhibition which opened at National Museum Cardiff on 9 June 2013, sees Welsh laverbread re-branded and repackaged for the modern,

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  • Following the Moving Image fair, Zatista strolled over to the Independent on Chelsea’s gallery-lined 22nd Street.

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  • The Fondazione MIA – Congregazione della Misericordia Maggiore of Bergamo, founded in 1265, is hosting the fifth and last event

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  • The Goss-Michael Foundation recently announced that British-born Dan Rees had been invited to be the first ‘resident’ artist to live for a selected period of time in Dallas and create original work for the Foundation.

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Born in 1982 in Swansea, United Kingdom, Dan Rees lives and works in Berlin. Rees uses a range of media including painting, sculpture, photography and film. His practice explores the legacy and language of Conceptual Art using a slightly tongue in cheek approach, at times layering autobiographical details with art historical references. Many of Rees' works stem from an exchange – a game of ping-pong, for instance – or a self-reflexive collaboration with more established artists whose practices have influenced his own. In this way, he acknowledges the constant circulation and appropriation of ideas and forms within the arts. Rees often uses humor, wordplay and strategic mis-readings to create new associations around well-known artworks. In doing so, he adopts an approach characterized by genuine curiosity and a down-to-earth engagement that stands in marked contrast to more hermetic contemporary references to the Conceptual tradition. 

Recent solo exhibitions include “Madina Warfare” (with Nicolas Ceccaldi) at Sandy Brown, Berlin (2010), “They Don’t Make Them Like This Anymore” at T293, Naples (2009), “Dan Rees / Fredrik Værslev - Shelf Paintings (Pottery in October) (decorations by Dan Rees)” at Standard (Oslo), Oslo (2009), “Junk On a Thing” at Johan Berggren Gallery, Malmö (2009), “Somewhere Near The Black Mountain Hills” (with Sean Edwards) at Tanya Leighton Gallery, Berlin (2009) and “If It Looks Like It and Feels Like It” at Galerie Andreas Huber, Vienna (2009). His work has also been shown as part of “A Very, Very Long Cat” at Wallspace Gallery, New York (2010), “Richard Prince and the Revolution” at ProjecteSD, Barcelona (2009), “Grey Matter” at Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh (2009), “Without” at Yvon Lambert, Paris (2007) and “Some Time Waiting” at Kadist Art Foundation, Paris (2007).


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