Daniel Canogar, the internationally respected Spanish artist, recently held a creative experimentation and project development workshop at the Quintanar Palace in Segovia. The workshop was a joint venture between IE School of Architecture and Design, the architecture school of IE University where Canogar teaches, and the Quintanar de Segovia Palace, a center of innovation and development for design and culture under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the regional government of Castilla y León.
The workshop was attended by second-year students from IE University’s Architecture degree program, along with exchange students from Northeastern University in Boston. During the three-day workshop, which began on November 28, students produced a series of artistic installations that came together in a final project presented on the final day. All work was created in the Quintanar Palace, where they are still on display, most of them on the first floor.
Canogar’s work is on show at Madrid’s Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, the Museum of Natural History in New York and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Lyon. In addition, he has created installations for public spaces such as Storming Times Square in New York or at the headquarters of the Council of the European Union.
“This workshop addressed the practice of artistic installations; this medium is especially suitable for architecture students, as it allows them to “build” in a freer, more experimental, and more risky way, which is what the professional world will require from them later,” said Canogar.
“Because these are temporary installations, students have been able to focus on conceptual considerations and social issues, instead of the technical concerns normally required by the profession,” added Canogar, explaining that three elements defined the workshop: the use of found or waste materials, the rapid execution of projects and teamwork, “which is essential to ensure that projects come to fruition.”
The aim of Canogar’s experimentation workshop was to generate an exchange of ideas around creative projects in process. “The synergy of several knowledgeable, respectful but critical perspectives is an invaluable instrument for the development of any creative activity,” the organizers noted. “This allows students to their work from the outside, listening to ideas and connections that perhaps were inherent in their work but that they were not fully aware of.”
He has created numerous public art pieces, including Pulse, at Zachry Engineering Education Complex Texas A&M University (College Station, 2018); Tendril, a permanent sculptural LED screen for Tampa International Airport (Tampa, 2017); Travesias, a sculptural LED screen commissioned for the atrium of the European Union Council during the Spanish Presidency of the European Union (Brussels, 2010); Constellations, the largest photo-mosaic in Europe created for two pedestrian bridges over the Manzanares River, in MRío Park (Madrid, 2010) and Asalto, a series of video-projections presented on various emblematic monuments including Storming Times Square, a projection screened on 47 of the LED billboards in Times Square (New York, 2014), the Arcos de Lapa in Rio de Janeiro, the Puerta de Alcalá in Madrid and the church of San Pietro in Montorio in Rome (2009).
His recent solo shows include “Melting the Solids” at Art Bärtschi & Cie gallery (Geneva, 2018), “Fluctuaciones” at Sala Alcalá 31 (Madrid, 2017), “Echo” at bitforms gallery and
Max Estrella Gallery (New York, Madrid, 2017), “Small Data” at bitforms and Max Estrella Gallery (New York, Madrid, 2014); “Quadratura” at Espacio Fundación Telefónica (Lima, 2014); “Vórtices”, an exhibition exploring issues of water and sustainability at the Fundación Canal Isabel II (Madrid, 2011); Synaptic Passage, an installation commissioned for the exhibition “Brain: The Inside Story” at the American Museum of Natural History (New York, 2010) and two installations at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City (Utah, 2011).
He has exhibited in the Reina Sofia Contemporary Art Museum, Madrid; the Wexner Center for the Arts, Ohio; the Offenes Kulturhaus Center for Contemporary Art, Linz; the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein Westfallen, Düsseldorf; Hamburger Bahnhof Museum, Berlin; Borusan Contemporary Museum, Istanbul; the American Museum of Natural History, New York; the Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh; Mattress Factory Museum, Pittsburgh; the Palacio Velázquez, Madrid; Max Estrella Gallery, Madrid; bitforms gallery, New York; Art Bärtschi & Cie Gallery, Geneva; Eduardo Secci Contemporary, Florence; the Alejandro Otero Museum, Caracas and the Santa Mónica Art Center, Barcelona.
He has published “Ciudades Efímeras: Exposiciones Universales, Espectáculo y Tecnología”, Julio Ollero Editor, Madrid, 1992; “Ingrávidos”, Fundación Telefónica, Madrid, 2003; and several architecture and image, contemporary photography, and new media art essays.