Artist-in-Residence, Fall 2013:
Sept. 24- Nov. 24 2013
On view in the Jaffe-Friede Gallery this fall Daniel Heyman presents 5 monumental print projects as well as sketches and studies that lead to their creation. In 3 of the projects Heyman explores non-traditional supports for prints, most notably wood veneer and plaster. The earliest of the works on display is the monumental anti-war etching on plywood, When Photographers are Blinded, Eagles’ Wings are Clipped, 2009-2010 stretching to almost 11’x12’ when fully displayed; the other four works are more recent and consist of four large-scale, seasonal self-portraits, entitled: Summer: Artist Sleeps 2010; Fall: Artist Eats Pho 2011; Winter: Artist Engages 2012; Spring: Artist Contemplates (Inheritance) 2012. Using unusual printmaking materials, Heyman has explored etching and woodcut on plaster in the monumental 75 plaster tile work Winter: Artist Engages as well as etching on wood veneer in Spring: Artist Contemplates (Inheritance). Preliminary sketches, notebooks and working drawings for “When Photographers are Blinded…” and the self-portraits will also be on view. An illustrated exhibition catalogue with essay by John Yau will be available.
From 2004 until 2010, Daniel Heyman concentrated his art on making images about the war in Iraq, specifically the abuse and torture of innocent Iraqis at Abu Ghraib and other prisons. Heyman traveled with a team of American lawyers to meet these survivors in Jordan and Turkey where he talked face to face with over 45 former detainees, painting or drawing their portraits, painting directly onto the artwork their own versions of what happened to them at the hands of their American captors. He has also met and drawn the portraits of survivors of the September 16, 2007 Blackwater USA attacks at Nasoor Square in Baghdad. In 2009/10 Heyman summarized many of the ideas from these works in a monumental etching printed on plywood, entitled When Photographers are Blinded, Eagles’ Wings are Clipped, 2009-2010. Closer to home, Heyman has drawn portraits of US Veteran Survivors of Military Assault, African American men in Philadelphia emerging from troubled youths in and out of prison, and homeless Veterans living in a shelter in north Philadelphia. Most recently Daniel Heyman’s Iraq-based work was exhibited this past spring at Brown University, David Winton Bell Gallery, List Art Center, in a solo exhibition entitled “It is Difficult to Start....”.
Daniel Heyman lives in Philadelphia and teaches at the Rhode Island School of Design and Princeton University. He received an MFA from the University of Pennsylvania and an undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College. An exhibition of his Iraqi War images entitled Bearing Witness traveled throughout the states between 2010 and 2012. His work has been exhibited in major institutions including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Princeton University Museum of Art, and the New York Public Library. Heyman is the recipient of grants from the Guggenheim and PEW Foundations, and has held residencies at Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony among others. His work is in the collections of Yale University Art Gallery and Beinecke Library, Yale University; Baltimore Museum of Art; Hood Museum of Art and Rauner Special Collections Library, Dartmouth College; Columbia University Rare Books & Manuscripts Library, New York; Davidson Art Center, Wesleyan University; Davis Art Museum, Wellesley College; Getty Research Institute; Library of Congress, Mead Art Museum, Amherst College; Philadelphia Museum of Art; Princeton University Art Museum; Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, among others. Daniel Heyman is represented by Cade Tompkins Projects, Providence, Rhode Island.