Galeria Nuno Centeno is pleased to present the first solo show in Portugal, of the Berlin-based Welsh artist Dan Rees (1982), titled “Civic Pride”.
‘Civic Pride’, refers to the pride a person has in the city or town they are from or inhabit, generally speaking, the worse the town, the greater the pride. Dan Rees presents an entirely new body of work, these include paintings made with pebble dashing, an outdoor material used to insulate brickwork, part of the decorative matrix that makes up Swansea city, the artist’s hometown.
The show also features a video titled lavabread, which depicts the artist in his Grandmother’s flat, eating Welsh seaweed on toast, talking to his grandma about the downfall of the city’s new bendy buses and the nextdoor neighbour who regretfully has to take his car to the scrap yard. A series of photographic prints on canvas made in collaboration with Jonny JJ Winter portray some of Swansea’s philanthropists and general men, women and dogs of note, e.g Henry Evans Charles, died 1907, ‘He went about doing good’.
Rees cites Robert Tressell’s novel The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists, as part of the inspiration for the show, in the book the philanthropists are not the wealthy businessmen patronising the arts, instead they are the average underpaid employee ‘giving away’ his or her time and labor at such a low cost. Civic pride then becomes more about the idea of how a positive energy witnessed at an every day local level becomes exploited by councils and government on a wider basis.
Dan Rees (1982) has been involved in projects and exhibitions all across Europe and USA. Solo exhibitions includes: 2013 – The National Museum of Wales (upcoming); The Goss-Michael Foundation, Dallas (upcoming); Tanya Leighton Gallery, Berlin (upcoming); ‘Civic Pride’, Nuno Centeno, Porto; 2012 – ‘Ogni cosa a suo tempo | Capitolo V’, Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, Bergamo; ‘Merthyr Rising’ New Galerie, Paris; 2011 – ‘Cryogenic Blue’, T293, Rome; ‘Philanthropy’, Jonathan Viner, London; ‘Ventricles’, Andreas Huber, Vienna, 2010 – ‘Shakin’ Peg Rails (And The Sunsets)’, Wallspace, New York; ‘French Cricket’, Tanya Leighton, Berlin; 2009- ‘Art Statements’, Art 40 Basel (with T293, Naples)
Group Exhibitions includes: 2013 – ‘The Glass Show’, Jonathan Viner, London; 2012 – ‘CARA DOMANI opere dalla Collezione Ernesto Esposito’, MAMbo, Bologna;‘Accidentally on Purpose’, QUAD Gallery, Derby 2011- ‘Segalega’, Giò Marconi and Zero; ‘Anti-Photography’, Focal Point Gallery, Southend-on-Sea;2010- ‘Exhibition, Exhibition’, Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Rivoli; ‘Before and After’, Galerie Balice Hertling, Paris; 2009- ‘Berlin-Los Angeles, A Tale Of Two (Other) Cities’, Massimo De Carlo, Milan