Since I get bored so much here is something else. Please come down and support with high fives and such.
Fort Wayne, Indiana- November 17, 2014
To celebrate the world premiere of Color in Silence, a program of art, music and food has been planned for the night of November 28th in Cinema Center’s Spectator’s Lounge. The documentary will screen at 7, 8 & 9pm in the theater, with food by Affine Food Truck on Berry Street and special musical guest Heaven’s Gateway Drugs in the Spectator Lounge. A pop-up gallery of works by Daniel Dienelt, Tanner Wilson, Dusty Neal, Jason Swisher, Josef Zimmerman will be on display. This event is all ages with a cash bar, event ends at 10pm.
Daniel Dienelt works in a variety of formats and visual mediums and has been actively involved in the Fort Wayne art scene for more than a decade. His recent works explore how the atmospheric sounds of the world around us can be visually translated using photography and color. Themes include the relationship he has built with his deafness over the last eleven years, and the challenges of living in a hearing world.
Color in Silence is a personal look into the life of an artist through the eyes of his colleagues and friends.
My next curatorial effort is coming to fruition. “Crossing Lines: Austin, TX” is be opening to the public on November 8th at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art.
This exhibit is the first in a series that will explore contemporary art in cities. The documentation of the art and city will hopefully produce emerging movements and trends as they are happing. This exhibit will include art by:
Adrian Landon Brooks
Austin, TX will be tentatively followed by Oakland, CA, Rochester, NY, Savannah, GA, and St. Louis, MO.
Many things are going down folks. Many projects have been in the works and they are now all coming to light. First off is Kay Gregg’s “Beautiful and Obsolete” at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art. The exhibit will open to the public on October 18th and runs through January 4th. Here is a small taste of the art that will be on display.
Daniel’s studio is located at his residence and consumes it almost entirely. The living room is a fine art studio. His garage is his rough-cut/wood shop studio. The customization has been thought out to the last detail. An artist and a private collector, he is surrounded head to toe by visuals that asks your brain questions.
Daniel has been in the art scene in one way or another for the last 20 plus years and has no signs of stopping. Each step back brings two carefully considered steps forward.
His studio is calm except for the low-battery chirp of the smoke detector. Every five minutes it pierces through the rooms and bounces off the walls. It does not register to Daniel at all. Why, because he is deaf. I think about the oddity that a deaf man has a smoke detector and decide pointing it out is moot.
Daniel offers me a glass of whiskey and I decided to start with the obvious question:
How did you lose your hearing? Were you born deaf?
No, Something happened when I was around three. I do not know what happened. No one will tell me. Nobody has ever given me the facts. I lost partial hearing then and then 30 years later I lost all of it in a skateboarding accident. I have been fully deaf for the last 11 years and one month.
You do not use sign language at all. You read lips and body language. Some people never actually know as long as you can see their face. How do people react when they find out you are deaf?
People’s attitude and behavior changes and they start treating me differently. They start doing their weird ass sign language and talking really slow. It’s kind of funny. It use to make me angry but now I am just indifferent and do not care. People do not believe that I can read their lips.
Would you say your art is autobiographical?
I won’t deny it. It is. I try to get away from it but it is an extension of my communication. It’s what I hear and absorb. The ideas come back out in the communication I have with my art. It will probably always be that way. It is the way I process and think.
Art for me is the communication to the non-existing world that I do not have anymore. It gives me a sense of security. It’s like a soldier without a gun. I do not feel human without my art. I do not feel restricted with my art and I can express who I am.
What mediums do you work with?
It depends on my ideas. I am a very tactile person. I like to work with multiple mediums. I like to discover new process with paint and photography. Right now I am using a router to draw on my geometric wood canvas. It is a great feeling. Just the sensation of working with certain tools and working with my hands is amazing. It gives me the security of the vibration of the machinery. It’s why I like working with paint or anything in my hands that I can feel. I would be really bummed out if my hands got chopped off.
I like to get physical with my work. I do not like working digital technology too much. It’s so still, It makes me feel distant.
When people ask what you do, how do you respond?
I tell them I am an artist. I try to take the initiative to educate people about art and broaden their minds. I feel it is a sense of responsibility. Whatever your passion is, it is in our duty to inform and lay down the facts.
As an artist, has there been a person that has influenced you?
Robert Rauschenberg, skateboarding culture, war photographers. Skateboarding culture for the last 25 years has influenced me and led me on a path.
What that culture brought in taught me to see things differently. It was a path that showed me a lot of different influences that led me to where I am today.
But in terms of an actual person I would say my grandma. She was never a practicing artist. I never understood her role as an artist. She called herself one but I never saw it. I mean that in terms of a working artist of someone who really dove into it. She had a scholarship to go to the Art Institute of Chicago to study fashion design but she passed that up. She painted then in the 80s and they were very Bob Ross style paintings.
She would sit down with me and the “How to draw a portrait” book. It was the first time I had held charcoal. It was a big block of it. It was gnarly going from crayons and markers. She was a terrible teacher but a great influence. She gave a book on how to draw marvel superheroes back in the 80s and another one on perspective. Those had a big impact on me.
I also went to summer classes at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art School when I was kid. The school is no longer there but it had a lasting impression.
What are you currently working on?
I am currently working on two site-specific installations and paintings for the Urban Institute of Contemporary Art in Grand Rapids, MI. It’s an exhibit that has been curated by Katie Moore. It’s a group show of 15 artists. My installation will be the most challenging and frustrating space to ever work. I am incorporating my love for my deafness. I want to embrace it. I have not allowed myself the opportunity to love it without people telling me how I should feel about it. I do not want to be told about the culture around it or how I should feel about it. I want it to be about my relationship I have built with my deafness over the last 11 years. This installation deals with my history and revolves around my deafness.
It deals with my fear of losing my ability to communicate with my voice and on a tactile level. I want to love my deafness but I am stuck in a hearing world.
I am very excited to announce Kay Gregg’s upcoming exhibit at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art in October 2014. “Beautiful & Obsolete: The Post-functional Object” is Kay’s first solo exhibit and I am very glad to be curating it. I will be doing a studio visit shortly and very happy that this contemporary artists is from Fort Wayne. Here is a taste of what we have to look forward to seeing:
Thank you everyone for your support and genuine questions/interest. We all had a great time after the talk as well hanging out afterwards at the 1835 Bldg. Great conversations and high-fives were had by all.
The ArtScene was this last weekend and while Yis Goodwin was in town. Yis was kind enough to bestow Fort Wayne with an amazing mural to help promote “Biological Canvas” and art in general. It was a great experience and I am looking forward to the next time.