In Your Head
3 person exhibition with Keeley Haftner & Chris Zain
Chicago Artist Coalition, Chicago, IL 2017
"A song can quickly trigger recollections of a memory once forgotten. A melody can bring forward poetry that mouths stumble over, recalling a tune long filed away. Searching interiorly for that one thing, the mind leads us through a process of connecting time and space. Guided by voices. Tumbling around in your head, a million images procure a randomized narrative. The exhibition, In your head, considers memory as information transformed by material and time. Developed out of conceptual practices, each artist approaches their material through a process of experimentation by which they generate artworks that bare traces of a former life or a moment past."
Daniel Hojnacki’s images and installations respond to the study of cognition, with particular interest in the biography of a historical figure in the field of psychology and neuroscience commonly known as patient HM. Through a practice predominantly centered around experimental photographic techniques while incorporating basic construction materials, Hojnacki’s new body of work emulates elements of memory games in a series of photograms, employing repeated shapes, mazes and patterns. The mazes navigate like consciousness with no clear direction, wandering the surface of the paper. Materially, they come full circle — the image produced is simply the memory of the paper once resting on its surface, eidetic by design. A large scale installation yields faint tracings of representational images, signaling elements of domestic space. Between the varying sharpness of the edges within each photogram and the buried layers of photographs hidden in textured wall paint, there is a reminiscence for time and place mixed with confusion as images come in and out of focus.