New York Nature: Photographic Composites By Daniel Root

Daniel Root Apr11 opening NYU


Moscow 57 is excited to announce that one of its featured artists, Dan Root, will be having an exhibition presented by The Spiritual Life Galleries, in part with Kimmel Galleries of New York University called New York Nature: Photographic Composites. This exhibition includes photographic works that contemplate the landscape of New York. Included in the exhibition are 8 large-scale composites and 6 smaller details of these works.Dan’s work has been shown at the M57 Pop Up Urban Salons, and one of his works hangs at the restaurant Moscow 57 on Delancey Street on New York’s Lower East Side.

Originally from Binghamton, New York, photographer and artist Daniel Root began his career in 1984 doing production stills, video shoots, and portraiture for theater, television, entertainment and corporate clients. In 1987, Daniel began experimenting with fine art photography, photographing abstract forms found in nature and exploring the printing process, using multiple negatives and repeated images on large paper. By 1991, he had eliminated the camera from the process, creating abstract images directly on sheets of color film, on the surface of glass, and recently on copper. Within the last few years Daniel has revisited photography, exploring shadows, non-traditional printing surfaces and composites.

Influenced by, and evoking Ray Metzker’s composites, Root’s photographic arrangements find a satisfying wholeness at a distance; with closer regard the wondrous everyday ornaments of our world are revealed.

Root first photographs details of greenery throughout NYC, and upstate New York, before methodically assembling them into beautifully intricate mosaics reminiscent of the rich imagery found in Persian and Turkish rugs; a myriad of controlled repetitive patterns that play on the density and space of his images, creating a kaleidoscope of convergences and intricacies. The resulting composites convey a lace-like mosaic of rich, subtle colors, whose impact on the viewer is at once powerful and introspective.
Root builds variegated, yet disciplined patterns comprised of a grid of 12 photographs, 3 across and 4 down, which are repeated and reversed, creating beautiful tapestries that meditate on concepts nature with regard to an understanding of the organic building blocks which comprise our universe. In using an almost abstracted image of organic forms to create structured patterns, Root’s work reveals the complex beauty of nature within our urban landscape.NEW YORK NATURE Curated by Pamela Jean Tinnen, is on view through June 12th, 2012, with reception on April 11th, from 5:30 to 8pm.
The reception and exhibition are free and open to the public.

About the Spiritual Life Galleries and Kimmel Galleries: Established in 2003, Kimmel Galleries are dedicated to providing visually dynamic and thought provoking exhibitions. They are free and open to the public. For more information, or a tour of the gallery please contact the Curator, Pam Jean Tinnen, at 212 298 4950, or

Past exhibitions include: HOUSE: HOME; Field Season: records, wandering perspectives, side notes, a selection of photographs from Abydos, by Greg Maka, Amanda Kirkpatrick and Gus Gusciora; Preconceived Notions; and Perspectives: A photography exhibit about traveling and living in our world; among others; DITTO: WORKS IN BLUE, Shira Toren, among others.