by Daniel Silvo
When Daniel Silvo first send me Square, I thought he forgot the attachment. The e-mail seemed very much empty. Then I double clicked on the space in the e-mail; it opened; and it looked like an empty document. It took me several conceptual steps and moments of exciting discovery to see what exactly he had made and send me. I loved that journey — if you want to experience it for yourself download and explore the file.
SQUARE is inspired by Malevich’s white square. But what is a digital white square on a white screen? Digital images are just bits, instructions, descriptions. The work is the first conceptual edition on the File Arts, addressing notions on representation and description and communication. But at the same time the work is very visual, if you know, or discover, where to look.
What's in the download?
The download contains SQUARE.PDF. A PDF booklet describes the edition and contains information on Daniel Silvo.
Daniel Silvo works in a wide range of media, from video and photography to installation, drawing and sculpture. More important than the medium is the critical investigation into what is or can be communicated: interferences in verbal and visual communication is a recurring theme in his work, as is the political load of objects (design originating from the Cold War to the ‘communist’ Lada – still the only car brand available to Cubans). He approaches these abstract philosophical and controversial political subjects with a great sense of humour.