Staring at First Sight - study (2019)
Size: 42,5 x 52 cm (unframed)
Medium: Acrylic and oil on panel
Signed on the back
This artwork is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity
The painting is a study for a large diptych entitled “Staring at First Sight” and part of the project “Staring in Place”, wich was exhibited at the Galerie IN SITU in Paris in 2020.
“Staring in Place reminded me of both staring in space and standing in place, implying (respectively), a kind of indefinite but specific act of prolonged looking, and a kind of substitution or placeholder (something stands in place of something else- for some time, forever, for now)...These new paintings do not represent specific places, nor even particular geological landscapes as such, but are rather concerned with a way of looking, one that absorbs time and creates space, through an act of suspension or staring. This suspension occurs as the eye is fixed or caught in a dominant dimension in space and held there indefinitely: images seem to exist at a specific depth in the painting, and as you look at them, you find yourself staring at the foreground, hovering in the middle of a valley, or being pulled deep into the horizon of a tenuously painted picture.[...]” (Daniele Genadry)
Daniele Genadry works with painting, photography and print, to examine conditions and contemporary forms of seeing, particularly those present in postwar Lebanon. Her practice considers the potential of an image to generate its own temporality (light), and to create a mediated field of vision that sensitizes our consciousness. Often based on landscape motifs, the paintings seek, through their material surface, to act physically on the viewers’ eyes, requiring a time of focus and adjustment, in order to apprehend the (painted) image. Their aim is to give a heightened and intense view - and an image form to a particular quality and force - of presence, fragility and disappearance.Genadry studied at Dartmouth College, NH and at the Slade School of Art, London. She has participated in residencies at the Bronx Museum, US, Anderson Ranch Art Center, US, Fondazione Ratti, Italy; and Frans Masereel Centrum, Belgium; and was the Abbey Scholar at the British School, Rome (2013-14); a fellow at the Bogliasco Foundation,Italy (2019); and at the Camargo Foundation (2021). Recent exhibitions include: Artist Rooms at Jameel Arts Center, Beirut Art Center, Centre Intermondes, Sharjah Biennial 13, Biennial del Sur, SMBA, Bronx Museum and Fondazione Pastificio Cerere. Genadry is an assistant professor of studio arts at the American University of Beirut.