Dan Carabas will exhibit reshaped, human sculptures as physical and digital artworks at Berlin's Kühlhaus from October 27 – 30.
In his exhibition METAMORPHIC SCULPTURES, Dan Carabas deals with the distortion and transformation of the human body. By means of Shibari, a Japanese art of tying and draping fabrics, Carabas creates a paradox: while the ropes restrict the movements of the human body, it is the ropes that give the fabric its own dynamism and three-dimensionality. By deliberately altering the body, the sculptures become dehumanized and appear to the viewer in a trance-like state. This process was captured in photographs as a physical work of art printed on wood, and the random grain of the wood gives each final work its uniqueness.
In addition to the physical artworks, the METAMORPHS* – large scale digital NFT artworks will be on display. While the physical artworks capture the actual and final moment of transformation, the digital animations illustrate the process of transformation in an abstract and dynamic way. Again, Carabas makes use of a certain randomness in the final work, using state-of-the-art software to generate a computerized abstraction.
My work derives from reflection on the perpetual change and transformation of life. In that no two moments are identical, no two breaths are alike, and yet everything merges into one another as if there were only the one big picture. My pieces meditatively persist in the present moment to indefinite sculptures of skin, fabric and rope, at once harmonious and devoted.
The physical works hang in the middle of a dark room on the same Shibari ropes that were used for the sculptures. A sound emanates from each artwork, and these sounds merge in space to create an abstract, meditative symphony composed by sound artist Peter Hayo.
*METAMORPHS are diversely shaped sculptures, which were arranged into animations.
When: October 27, 2022 at
Location: Kühlhaus, Luckenwalder Straße 3, 10963 Berlin
About Dan Carabas
Dan Carabas was born in Romania and moved with his family to Germany during the 1989 revolution. He found his way to photography at the early age of 14 through an old analog camera owned by his father. In 2008, he started his career as a fashion and beauty photographer in Paris, honing his unique style characterized by a high-end aesthetic. He moved to Berlin in 2016, where he further developed this style in the fields of film and multimedia art.
Over the course of his 15-year career, he has photographed countless editorials for international magazines such as VOGUE, GQ, HARPER'S BAZAAR and ELLE. In addition, he shot campaigns and commercials for brands such as GIORGIO ARMANI, RALPH LAUREN, MERCEDES-BENZ, LOUIS VUITTON, THE BODY SHOP, UNIVERSAL MUSIC and more.
His fine art works have been exhibited at the KUNSTHALLE WIEN and the ESSL Museum, among others. Followed by solo exhibitions at GALERIE DURET in Paris and Brussels. Furthermore, his works were presented in the book series BLICKFANG - Germany’s best photographers.
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