Daniel Ortega is a multidisciplinary artist who lives and works in Valencia. Graduated in Fine Arts from the Polytechnic University of Valencia in 2016, he is currently studying an MA in Artistic Production at the same institution. He has received awards in several occasions: he was given first prize in the categories of Painting and Sculpture in the XLVI Plastic Arts Contest of the House of Culture of Quart de Poblet (Valencia, 2017) and was a finalist in the XXXI Competition of Agora Gallery (New York, 2016). He has recently participated in Art Fair Basel, The Art Project Basel 1.0, at the Basel Airport (Switzerland, 2017), and in 2016 at the Spectrum Miami Fair with The Artbox Gallery (USA). In 2018 he will inaugurate his first individual show, Organometría, at the Museum of the City of Móstoles (Madrid).
In his work, Ortega reflects on the dual nature of the human condition, seeking points of encounter between conceptually opposed domains: nature and artifice, origin and evolution, adaptation and impersonation. Influenced by the spiritualist metaphysics of Henri Bergson, which maintains that the evolutionary processes and artistic creativity, the forces of nature and the creative impulse, emanate from the same source, his work is usually articulated around the union between the natural and the artificial. More precisely, in the supplanting of the first by the second, interpreting the latter as vulnerable, incomplete and improvable.
In his sculptures, he usually intervenes natural rocks with industrial resins, transforming them into processed or ‘improved’ objects, sometimes almost erasing their appearance and original form completely. The use of polymer resin as a recurring material, in addition to turning the rock into a foreign and de-natured object, alludes to industrial production and technological dependence in modern society. Ortega’s speech directs our attention to how culture and technology have impacted on the development of humanity, which has sought to alter and transgress its biological and technical limitations when shaping its vital course through time.
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