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The artist and his dancers

Daniel Silver has to be Acne Studios’ favourite artist. His new CFHILL show is all about dance, space, the body and motion.


Curated by Sandra Weil, art gallery CFHILL’s new show All Movements Have Memories includes works by Sheila Hicks, Jockum Nordström/Marcel Dzama, Noa Eshkol, Ohad Meromi, Gadi Dagon, and Daniel Silver. The British artist is showing two large bronze sculptures as well as marble busts and fabric cut outs.

— The large bronze sculptures have been made for the show, he says. The process is that I first make small clay works created in collaboration with dancers in my studio. I then choose the best ones, sculptures that really ”want” to be big. These are enlarged and cast in bronze, this process of enlargement completely alters one’s relationship with the object. The marble sculptures are carved from Italian Statuario marble and are titled Looking at Dancers. I’m very happy with the way they greet the viewer as you enter the gallery.

Born in London, Silver lived in Jerusalem until he was 21. Back in the British capital, he studied at the Slade School of Fine Art and at the Royal College of Art.

— My work is mostly sculptural, I am interested in the different ways forms can occupy space and our physical relationship with sculpture. I make sculpture in clay marble and bronze as well as fabric cut outs. I’m really fascinated by the history of objects and the memory certain things carry within them, such as the way a sculpture from ancient Greece has picked up so many different stories and kinds of information since its creation 2000 years ago.

His collaboration with Acne Studios started more than ten years ago when his very good friend, Thomas Persson, Editor-in-chief of their biannual publication Acne Paper, came to do a shoot in his studio in Hackney.

— After the shoot, Acne’s Creative Director Jonny Johansson and I started a dialogue and a great friendship. We since have collaborated on a booster collection after that a large marble sculptures for the Acne shop in Paris and also a fabric construction for their LA store. The collaboration is evolving; sometimes it’s me looking back at their catalogue of fabrics and making fabric cut outs which they then use as prints or some other sort of inspiration. Then other times it’s been very much about pure sculpture. Jonny and I understand and trust one another — he’s a great door opener and the whole relationship is very liberating and creative.

Tell as about your work with their recent retail space in West Hollywood.

— I made a large sculpture made of metal and fabric. The piece occupies the center floor, you can walk around it. It consists of three large fabric cut outs, each is different and only when you walk around do you really understand it. The sculpture interacts with the street outside and the cars passing by as well as with the garments on display.

And you’ve also worked with their new head office in Stockholm.

— Yes, I’ve made three large scale fabric cut outs using the Acne back catalogue as well as smaller fabric work for the studios, I can’t say too much about this project as it opens next month.

Will you continue to work together?

— We are actually working on some projects. These are still very much embryonic, but I’m really excited. Right now I’m also making life size marble sculptures in Italy, I have a museum show coming up, and I am continuing to work with dancers making sculptures in clay in my studio in London.

All Movements Have Memories is open until November 16.