SMOKE & MIRRORS
Daniele Albright is a multidisciplinary artist and designer whose work, often characterized by a desire to bridge form and intangibility, is deeply influenced by minimalism and conceptual art movements.
Interested in collapsing the contradictions between form and formlessness, her art practice often focuses on the immaterial as the indeterminate and shifting space between perception and the material world. In the Smoke & Mirrors series, the seemingly formless material of smoke is manipulated using the slightest shifts in atmospheric pressure, air movements significantly lighter than a single breath. The resulting ephemeral forms are captured photographically.
Working from the opposite direction in her design work, she focuses on solid and often hard edged forms, exploring their most essential, critical elements to find resonance in simple but compelling geometries. Many of the design projects are done under the name Videre Licet, which is Latin for "to be able to see."
In academia, her graduate research focused on the 1985 Paris exhibition Les Immateriaux, an experimental and groundbreaking exhibition curated by Jean Francois Lyotard documenting the rise of the immaterial as a defining factor of contemporary life. The themes and implications of that exhibition, which explored technology's role in creating new understandings of spatial configuration and inhabitation across multiple practices and disciplines, continue to be a guiding influence on her work.
She received a BFA from Parsons/The New School, an MFA from CalArts, and two additional Masters degrees from UC Irvine (in literary critical theory and visual studies).