Addo, Glandŵr Cymru – the Canal & River Trust in Wales, along with the Arts Council of Wales are pleased to announce the appointment of Dan Rees as Venice and Cardiff Artist is Residence.
The artist will be provided with space in both cities in order to investigate the past and present relationship between the port cities and their hinterlands. Based at Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff http://www.chapter.org he will explore South Wales and the inland waterways of Cardiff. In Venice, he will research the less well known history of the waterways and canals that surround and feed Venice from the surrounding areas of Northern Italy and the port links to the rest of the world. The artist will be based at the Bevilacqua La Masa Foundation. http://www.bevilacqualamasa.it
He has begun his residency at Chapter with an in conversation event in which he launched his new publication ‘Road Back to Relevance’ which includes texts by Dieter Roelstraete, Saim Demircan and Ben Gregory. Published on the occasion of the eponymous exhibition at Nomas Foundation, Rome, Road Back to Relevance gives insight into the last decade of Dan Rees’ practice.
Dan Rees (b. 1982 Swansea, U.K.) lives and works in London and Berlin. Rees studied at the Staatliche Hochschule fur Bildende Künste Städelschule, Frankfurt am Main 2007-9, and graduated from Camberwell College of Arts, London in 2004. He has exhibited internationally in solo and group exhibitions, solo shows include ‘Road Back To Relevance’, Nomas Foundation, Rome (2016); ‘Think Local, Act Global’, MOT International, Brussels (2015); ‘Stimulate Surprise’, Tanya Leighton, Berlin (2015); ‘Kelp’, National Museum of Wales, Cardiff (2013); ‘Gravel Master’, Goss Michael Foundation, Dallas (2013); ‘Top Heavy’, T293, Rome (2013); ‘High Tea’, Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago (2013); ‘Kelp’, MOSTYN, Wales (2013). Group exhibitions include 13th Fellbach Triennial of Small-Scale Sculpture, Germany (forthcoming); Atlante delle immagini e delle forme, GAMeC, Bergamo, (2016); Le Nouveau festival / Extension du domaine du jeu, Espace 315 – Centre Pompidou, Paris, (2015); THE GO-BETWEEN, Museo Nazionale di Capodimonte, Naples, (2014).
“I am delighted to take part in the Venice Cardiff Artist residency; the cultural significance of the waterways in the two cities offers a hugely rich source of material from which to begin an important reexamination and reinterpretation of their respective legacies and futures.” Dan Rees