Daniel Sinsel
28 January 2011 – 13 March 2011
Opening: Friday 28 January

Chisenhale Gallery presents a new body of work by London based artist Daniel Sinsel with his first solo exhibition in a public gallery. Sinsel’s small handcrafted paintings and sculptures explore classical themes of space, volume and illusion and combine art historical references with a personal iconography. He focuses on the nature of painting and the particular qualities and associations of the materials he uses – including silk and gold, as well as terracotta, pasta and nutshells.

While the depiction of the male form and sexual symbols were frequently deployed in Sinsel’s earlier work, a selection of these newer works focus on the architectural spaces used to frame these figures. Minimal architectural forms such as windows (with views), grids and columns are established as recurrent motifs and Sinsel traces out a folding out of planes and surfaces from the paintings to the three dimensional works. Shifting between illusory perspective and embellished surfaces, the new paintings become both sculptural and fetish objects, using established pictorial devices to reveal a form of dormant eroticism in the materials themselves.

In his precise compositions the artist makes use of a wide variety of materials and craft techniques, from fabric weaving to metalworking. Linen is often present as an explicit material component rather than as support for the painted image, complicating the function of the trompe l’oeil effects employed by Sinsel. As much as these mediums are chosen for their material characteristics, Sinsel is also interested in making evident the labour required to manipulate them. The intricate works become an index of the time invested in their making, the result of mental and meditative activity, rather than an emphasis on physical exertion or virtuosic ability.

Sinsel has spoken of living at the end of time and the associated questions this raises of ‘over production’ and entropy frame his key concerns of how value and meaning can be ascribed today. Sinsel’s work is intimate and revels in the pleasure of looking, consistently returning to a sense of the profane, which in these new works is somehow domesticated and tempered with gentle humour.

Daniel Sinsel (b. 1976, Germany) is based in London. Recent solo exhibitions include Galerie Micky Schubert, Berlin and Sadie Coles HQ, London (both 2009). Recent group exhibitions include ‘Jerwood Contemporary Painters’, Jerwood Space, London; ‘The Concrete Show’ Galleria Franco Noero, Turin; ‘Matthew Brannon, Matthew Cerletty and Daniel Sinsel’, Office Baroque, Antwerp (all 2010); ‘Nus, Nudes’ Galeria Fortes Vilaca, Sao Paulo (2009) and ‘Beck’s Futures 2006’, ICA, London.

A limited edition print by Daniel Sinsel has been produced to accompany the exhibition. For more details please visit our online shop, here.

Daniel Sinsel in converstation Jennifer Higgie 05/02/11 by Chisenhale Gallery
Nicholas Cullinan leads Daniel Sinsel Exhibition Tour 01/03/2011 by Chisenhale Gallery

Jennifer Higgie in conversation with Daniel Sinsel

Saturday 5 February, 2pm

Jennifer Higgie, critic and co-editor of frieze, in conversation with Daniel Sinsel.

Daniel Sinsel
Saturday 5 February

Saturday 5 February 2011
Jennifer Higgie, critic and co-editor of frieze, in conversation with Daniel Sinsel.

Tuesday 1 March 2011
Nicholas Cullinan, Curator of International Modern Art at Tate Modern, leads a tour of the exhibiton.

Daniel Sinsel

Polymer Gravure on Zerkall Smooth 225g paper
38 x 31.75 cm
Edition of 50 + 5 AP

Standard price: £250 (unframed)
Chisenhale Friends' price: £225 (unframed)*

*Please note that Chisenhale Friends price is only available to those who have supported the gallery via the Benefactors scheme. For more information on the scheme please click here.

Please note that, as is the norm for limited edition works, prices will increase as an edition sells out.

Chisenhale Gallery presents a new body of work by London based artist Daniel Sinsel with his first solo exhibition in a public gallery. Sinsel’s small handcrafted paintings and sculptures explore classical themes of space, volume and illusion and combine art historical references with a personal iconography. He focuses on the nature of painting and the particular qualities and associations of the materials he uses – including silk and gold, as well as terracotta, pasta and nutshells.

To accompany his exhibition Daniel Sinsel has produced a limited edition photo gravure print, based on a photograph taken by the artist on a recent trip to Bangaldesh. A young man poses in front of a section of a painted metal gate. The print is reminiscent of both earlier portraits of young men by Sinsel and his more recent works detailing spaces and architectural features, the grid pattern in the edition specifically referencing a work shown in his Chisenhale Gallery exhibition, Untitled 2010.

Telling of his encounter with the young Muslim man, Sinsel recalls an awkward cultural clash and uncomfortable voyeurism on both sides but also innocent curiosity and good humour. Unable to communicate in a common spoken language, sympathy was expressed through smiles, musical recitals (the young man played the bamboo flute), exchange of gifts and the taking of this photograph.

Daniel Sinsel (b. 1976, Germany) is based in London. Recent solo exhibitions include Galerie Micky Schubert, Berlin and Sadie Coles HQ, London (both 2009). Recent group exhibitions include ‘Jerwood Contemporary Painters’, Jerwood Space, London; ‘The Concrete Show’ Galleria Franco Noero, Turin; ‘Matthew Brannon, Matthew Cerletty and Daniel Sinsel’, Office Baroque, Antwerp (all 2010); ‘Nus, Nudes’ Galeria Fortes Vilaca, Sao Paulo (2009) and ‘Beck’s Futures 2006’, ICA, London.

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Siôn Parkinson Workshop

Saturday 12 February, 7.30

Artist Siôn Parkinson leads a free drop-in workshop inspired by Daniel Sinsel’s exhibition.
This event takes place in the studio. All welcome, children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Nicholas Cullinan leads a tour of the exhibiton

Tuesday 1 March, 7.30

Nicholas Cullinan, Curator of International Modern Art at Tate Modern, leads a tour of the exhibiton.

This event is followed by a reception in the studio to celebrate the launch of a new monograph, Daniel Sinsel, produced by Mousse Publishing in association with Sadie Coles HQ, London