Acrylic resin, mousse polyurethan foam, steel, clothes, objects
224 x 131 x 146 cm
Daniel Firman’s first sculpture was made by moulding his body. Gathering (1999) was initially a performance in the course of which Daniel Firman piled a great number of objects on his body. Then the performance was turned into a series of sculptures, as a testimony of the experience.
With his Gathering sculptures, Firman combines and fits objects into one another. The body acts as a magnet, it gathers tools around it (as extensions to its limbs), which allow it to model the surrounding world. Thus, every work is connected to a specific environment translated by the typology of the collected and gathered objects. Accumulation preserves the dimension of disorder, chaos even, and if some kind of order is suggested it is only by the fact that the body is there carrying this disorder and conferring on it a simple structure that we might call « carrying ».