Discussion on Dash Snow
May 2nd, 2016
The Brant Foundation Lecture Series and Hunter College Presents:
A Discussion on Dash Snow with:
Dan Colen, Nate Lowman, Hanna Liden, Kunle Martins Jr., and Blair Hansen
A Discussion on Dash Snow follows the exhibition Freeze Means Run at The Brant Foundation Art Study Center. Artists and curators offer insight into Snow’s artistic practice and creative process.
“Dash’s great talent was to construct perfectly on the fly, to manipulate his materials and his environment and the energy of those around him just enough to reflect something that feels even more true. I can’t think of anything harder to do than that – nudging the art just enough, laughing a little at the idea of trying to ‘make something raw,’ and extracting rawness in the process. How do you acknowledge the impossibility of trust while eliciting trust? It seems like a skill from a different time.”
– Blair Hansen, the Dash Snow Archive
About Dash Snow:
Dash Snow was born in 1981 in New York, and the city remained at the center of his life and his artwork until his death in 2009. He was a street kid from his mid-teens, writing graffiti with the IRAK crew and becoming part of a group of artists who would define the post-9-11 art scene in New York: Dan Colen, Ryan McGinley, Hanna Liden, Agathe Snow, Nate Lowman, and others. His output as an artist began with Polaroids of the city and of his friends, and soon expanded to 35mm photography, free zines and posters, neo-Dada psycho-political collage and assemblage sculpture, and finally haunting Super8 films. Across all of these artistic modes,Snow’s anachronistic style and poetic, anti-establishment paranoia provided a bracing connective tissue.
Snow’s artwork was included in the 2006 Whitney Biennial, as well as in exhibitions at the Pergamon Museum in Berlin, the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, the MACRO Museum in Rome, the New Museum in New York, and most recently at the Schirn Kunsthalle in Frankfurt and the Staatliche Kusnthalle in Baden-Baden.