Daniel M Levin, mfa
History is as relevant to the present day, as the present is inextricably tied to the future. Learning a history is easy. Ignoring history is hard for many, but unfortunately not for all.
I consider myself to be a curious person, a person who hopefully listens more than speaks. I am interested in cultures… in differences. At times, I am taken by just how beautiful many can see differences. At others, I can be concerned. I wish to experience more of the former.
When it feels like the right time to contribute through my art process, I may use; metal, fabric, wax or glass to communicate. Sometimes I’ll use time-based video, a camera, or simply a pencil.
Often it is not the time to do any of this. Sometimes observation is all that feels right. At other times, it may be the moment to clean it all out, to go for a hike, or to attend a regular yoga class. I find these activities important in my artistic process.
As a Professor of photography, I regularly find myself at a podium far from my home studio or within my own community. At other times I may be found in a four hour intensely rich critique. As one might feel vulnerable when sharing at this level, I feel fortunate that my students trust me enough to risk sharing their deepest held beliefs with me and with their fellow students.
I have been fortunate to have had numerous art projects and commissions across the country and abroad. I see this as an extension of my youth, when I would leave my home on my bike and return sometime that evening. Along the way I would explore new destinations. When possible, I would not return home using the same route that I had used that morning.
My art practice can be broken down into four groups. At times I’m a conceptual artist, a social documentarian, an author, or an art based portraitist. I suppose if there is an umbrella over it all, I would say that I am a person who is a student of people, of society, and I’m definitely a student of joy.
Daniel M Levin, mfa
portrait location: the Netherlands