Daniel Morowitz

Daniel Morowitz

Works in Jersey City, NJ
BIO
The best way to challenge authority is put yourself right in the middle of it. That's what Daniel Morowitz does with classical iconography (often evident from titles like Red Dragon): to take its neat divide between good and evil, man and beast, beginning and ending, and turn it into a scene of struggle where even the solidity of outlined bodies is contested. This muddying between bodies and background, in addition to the shadowy and monstrous forms it produces, reflects their view on queerness existing between conspicuousness and invisibility in today's society.
"Queer culture, and visibility are more important than ever in a moment where queer identity and queer bodies are under attack. Painting has a responsibility to its own history, but functions powerfully as a tool to combat the dangers that queerness is facing. My work is fiction that attempts to elevate queer realities to the level of mythological canon. Queer culture mythologizes sex and sexuality as equal parts abject and the ultimate out of reach experience, its normalized, demonized and sometimes beyond reach; in my paintings queer identity is coded to exist hidden in plain sight, coexisting between oppression and desire, a chimeric blending of coexistent realities."
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