Daniel W. Coburn: Domestic Reliquary
Daniel lives and works in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He received his BFA with an emphasis in photography from Washburn University where he was the recipient of numerous honors including the Charles and Margaret Pollak Award. He is currently an instructor and graduate student studying photography at the University of New Mexico. His work has been featured in exhibitions at the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art and the Chelsea Museum of Art in New York. Coburn’s prints are held in many public and private collections including The Mulvane Museum of Art, The Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art, The Mariana Kistler-Beach Museum of Art and the Moraine Park Museum. His writings and photographs appear regularly in regional and national publications including Fraction Magazine and Photo-Eye Magazine.
I use the salted paper process to reproduce a series of found objects and photographs. This antiquated printing technique is linked directly to the domestic environment because it employs simple household chemicals that combine to make the printing paper light sensitive. The imperfections and technical artifacts of the process allow me to simultaneously deconstruct and repair the image. This method is cathartic and has become a metaphor for my own personal healing process. By working into each print using a variety of mixed media, I create a series of one-of-a-kind domestic artifacts.
This work explores concepts related to gender, loss of innocence, and the small tragedies that occur within the confines of suburban dystopia. I correlate domestic to religious symbolism, reinterpreting objects and icons to create my own sacred visual vocabulary.
5 Rooms 5 Photographers at the Guthrie Contemporary GalleryDecember 7th, 2013
Yann Datessen: Le LéthéDecember 4th, 2013
Marjorie Salvaterra: HERNovember 29th, 2013
Sara Belleau: Holy LandNovember 27th, 2013
Rachael Jablo: My days of losing wordsNovember 26th, 2013