The earth spins at roughly 1,000 mph as we move within it, keeping us bound and tethered to its surface. We are often not aware of the vibrant motion we live in. It’s humbling to know that in order for us to stay still, it all needs to be moving so fast.
In this collection of work, I poetically investigate the body’s relationship to the cosmic world. Photographs depict plumes of suspended bone dust, celestial movements of the stars and disappearing bodies in motion. Unique silver gelatin prints enlarge the residues of my bodily fluids and marks rendered upon smoke soot and exposed to fire light. These works are paired with poems and collages sourced from a vintage scientific book which speculates on the aging of distant planets. The redacted words of these found poems in turn become thoughts, ruminating on our own human mortality.
Created in many different locations over time ranging the New Mexico landscape, to residencies with The Penumbra Foundation in New York City and LATITUDE in Chicago, IL. This exhibition brings together moments of performative happenings for the camera, text based works and atmospheric gestures of painting using the cliché verre printing method.
About Daniel Hojnacki
Through experimental approaches to the apparatus of the camera and alternative printing techniques, Daniel investigates the quietness of being an observer within the world. Creating work that explores ways of recording the body and materiality with the image through emotional responses to the medium of photography. Daniel Hojnacki received his M.F.A from the University of New Mexico in 2022. He currently lives and works in Chicago, IL.
Daniel is a recipient of The Penumbra Work Space Artist In Residence, LATITUDE Artist in Resident, Lenscratch Student Prize Honorable Mention, The Patrick Nagatani Photography Scholarship, The Phyllis Muth Arts Award. He has exhibited work at the Museum of Contemporary Photography and The Chicago Cultural Center. Daniel has hosted public workshops and lectures with the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago and the Smart Museum of Art. His work has been featured in Phases Magazine, Aint-Bad and Southwest Contemporary Magazine’s 2022 fall issue “Inhale/ Exhale”.