Bodner, Daniel

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The American painter Daniel Bodner began painting in the mid-1980s in New York. His focus was on the human figure. When he moved to Amsterdam in 1990, he became more involved with the relationship between the figure and the surrounding space. From 2005 onwards, the representation of light and the question of how light can describe space and the human figure, or in certain cases blur or dissolve it, became increasingly important. His paintings increasingly took up formal aspects of photography, whereby Bodner is not concerned with imitating photographs but with the aspect of the transience of photographs. The yellowing of old negatives and the chemical processes in the photographs became central aspects of his paintings. He takes up photographic decay processes such as mould or oxidation as visible metaphors for human experiences such as loneliness, alienation, memory and longing in his paintings.