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Reception: An Idle Procession

Daniel Hojnacki has such an intimate relationship with the narrative of memory that he has to tear it apart. As an artist whose practice is primarily informed by photography, Hojnacki’s process is closer to that of painting than the modern mechanized work flow of his digital contemporaries. Dan’s process works in small fragments of acceptance and denial. For three years he’s been feeding paper that is selectively marked with tape and spackle into an archival inkjet printing apparatus. The material naturally accepts and denies the representational images it is programmed to render or is often completely negated by layering gestures of thickening spackle and ink. It’s a process of continually breaking the timelessness of the image, deconstructing the stability of the photographic memory, a departure from the permanence of objects. Like Richter, Hojnacki is trying to get past the image, past time and memory by utilizing photographic images as artifacts of the past to talk about the present. Through recurrent themes of domesticity and nature, the images hang with familiar respite that recalls what we know we have but have not seen before. An Idle Procession gives us pause. It is an exhibition that prompts us to reflect, to stand back and rearrange what’s familiar into new sentence formations and give into the beauty of that which develops.

Fri Mar 8 11pm – Sat Mar 9, 2013 2am GMT (no daylight saving)
The Coatcheck Gallery/David Weinberg Photography, 300 West Superior Ave, Suite 203, Chicago, IL (map)