Daniel Zeller Bio

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Daniel Zeller was born in San Rafael, California.

The visual language of Zeller’s drawings “is borrowed from many places, among them satellite images, electron micro-graphs, topographical maps, anatomical and schematic diagrams—representations which might be generally categorized as two dimensional translations of the three dimensional world. There is no direct reference to anything in particular, it is more as if all of these sources are thrown together in a pot, forming a kind of soup that is constantly being stirred and sampled. In a sense the drawings become an act of digestion and regurgitation; reconfiguration driven by information overload.” (Zeller)

His process is dynamic and very direct—it is a fluid series of spontaneous choices governed by self-imposed rules and conditions. The main rule is to always respect what has already been put on the page, as if every line is sovereign territory, not to be crossed or obscured. Other conditions might dictate how color is used or topography rendered. These rules are flexible and serve to mediate and mould what might otherwise result in chaos. Spontaneous motion and rhythm occur in relation to past experience and repetition, guiding the mark in ways that can become increasingly predictable. This tension (or perhaps contradiction) between spontaneity and predictability is central to the process. The goal is to discover new vocabulary and new rules which can be incorporated, thus allowing the cycle to expand and evolve.

Zeller’s work is included in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art (NYC), Whitney Museum of American Art (NYC), Albright-Knox Art Gallery (Buffalo, NY), Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LA, CA), among others.

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BORN  San Rafael, California.  1965. Currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY

EDUCATION                   

1993         MFA/ Sculpture University of Massachusetts, Amherst
1988         BFA/ Sculpture   University of Connecticut, Storrs

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2015
Immiscible Cohesion, Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY (October 16–November 15)
Drawing Now, Michel Soskine Inc., Paris , France (March 25–29)
2014
Chronozone, Gleichapel, Paris, France (May 1–June 22)
2013
Universos Intimos, Michel Soskine Inc., Madrid, Spain (December 12–January 13)
Based On a True Story…, Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY (May 31–June 20)
2012
Lateral Diffusion, Lora Reynolds Gallery, Austin, TX (October 27–December 1)
2010
Incomplete Analysis, Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY (October 15–November 14)
Daniel Zeller, Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (January 9–February 13)
2008
Geomorphical Fluxitosis, Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY (April 18–May 19)
From the inside and towards the inside, Michel Soskine Gallery, Madrid, Spain (November 19–January 17)
2007
Daniel Zeller, Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (May 26–June 23)
2006
Erreur Infinie, G-Module, Paris, France, (November 9–December 23)
Daniel Zeller, Michel Soskine Gallery, Marseille, France (May 24–July 15)
2005
Cyclical Redundance, Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY (October 14–November 14)
2004
Daniel Zeller: Recent Drawings, Dan Weinberg Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (November 20–January 15)
Biodegradable, G-Module, Paris, France (May 13–June 19)
2003
Empirical Cryptosis, Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY  (November 14–December 22) (Catalogue)
Daniel Zeller, Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Los Angeles, CA  (January 11–February 8)
2001
Drawing, Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY (March 17–April 16)
1999
Lost, a+a company, New York, NY (May 7–29)
1993
Systematic Interconnection, Hampden Gallery, UMass, Amherst. MFA Thesis, (May 9–14)

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2016
50 Shades of Red, Herter Art Gallery, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, MA (February 26–March 24)
Rage for Art (Once Again),
Pierogi, New York, NY (February 21–March 27)
Dialogues: Drawings and Works on Paper, Satellite Contemporary, Las Vegas, NV (January 9February 12)
2014
PIEROGI XX: Twentieth Anniversary Exhibition, Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY (September 5–October 5)
Group Exhibition, Michel Soskine Inc., Madrid, Spain  (February 6–March 23)
2013
Antonio Crespo Foix: Sculptures. Daniel Zeller: Drawings. A dialogue, Michel Soskine Inc., Madrid, Spain (December 12–January 18, 2014)
40 Years at the Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Ambach & Rice, Los Angeles, CA (November 23–January 11)
Unknown Entity, Michel Soskine Inc., Madrid, Spain (March 31–July 23)
Unhinged, Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY (July 5–July 28)
Summer Show, Lora Reynolds Gallery, Austin, TX (July 13–August 10)
Approaching Infinity, Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA (January 26–May 5)
2012
Decade: Contemporary Collecting, Albright-Knox Gallery, Buffalo, NY (August 21–January 6)
Graphomania, Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, MA (June 30–July 21)

11th National Drawing Invitational:  New York, Singular Drawings, Arkansas Arts Center (April 20–September 9)
2011
6:6 Hyper-Space, West Collection, SEI Corporate Campus, Oaks, PA (August 5–Aug. 4, 2012)
Microwave, eight, Josee Bienvenu Gallery, New York City, NY (June 30–September 3)
Subjective Objective, Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY (June 24–July 31)
Idée Fixe:  Drawings of an Obsessive Nature, Winkleman Gallery, New York, NY (May 6–June 11)
Untitled. 9, Michel Soskine Inc., Madrid, Spain (January 20–March 12)
2010
On the Mark, Steven Zevitas Gallery, Boston, MA (November 11–December 11)
Drawing Systems, Grossman Gallery, Lafayette College, Easton, PA (August 31–October 23)

Wall To Wall, Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (June 5–August 1)
Works on Paper, Big & Small/Casual Gallery, Queens, NY (May 22–23)
Obsession, Heather James Fine Art, Palm Desert  (January 15–March 10)
Intense Concentration, UTSA (University of Texas at San Antonio), TX (January 14–February 15)

2009
Body Language, Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, MA (October 24–November 21)
Brooklyn Painters, Rebecca Randall Bryan Gallery, Coastal Carolina University Conway, SC (October 22–November 30)
Trail Blazers in the 21st CenturyContemporary Prints and Photographs published by Exit Art, Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, New Brunswick, NJ (October 3, 2009–March 7, 2010)
Mark-Making: Dots, Lines and Curves, Lora Reynolds Gallery, Austin, TX (July 11–Sept. 5)
Cream, no sugar, Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY (June 26–July 26)
Mindscapes: New work by Karen Margolis & Daniel Zeller, Dieu Donne, New York, NY (2 Person) (June 4–July 24)
DRAWINGS, Pablo’s Birthday, New York City, NY (February 21–April 8)
Sight Mapping, Herter Art Gallery, Amherst, MA (January 29–March 1)
Une Collection, Oeuvre choisies dans la collection de Vincent Bazin, Espace Valles, Saint-Martin-d’Heres Cedex
2008
The Labyrinth Wall: From Mythology to Reality, Exit Art, New York City, NY (December 14–February 7)
Another Damned Drawing Show, Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (December 6–January 31)
Drawn to Detail, DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA (August 30, 2007–January 4, 2009)
Summer Exhibition, Lora Reynolds Gallery, TX (August 2–September 20)
Pierogi et al: Another Damned Drawing Show, Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (July 12–August 23)
Apocalyptic Summer, Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY (June 27–July 28)
Landscape: Landscape and Contemporary Drawing, Drawing Space at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France (June 11–July 26)
Midnight Full of Stars, Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Summit, NJ (April 11–June 6), Curated by Sara Lynn Henry
G-salon: a group show, G-Module, Paris, France (March 15–April 26)

2007
On LineAdam Baumgold Gallery, New York, NY (Dec. 15–Jan.26)
Twenty-TwentyGeoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, MA (September 7–29)
More Possible Moves than in Chess, Pluto, New York City, NY (July 14–September 9)
Block Party II: An Exhibition of Drawings, Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (June 30–August 25)
Three Part Harmony: Definition, Delicacy and Detail in Drawing, Curator’s Office, Washington, DC (June 2–July 14)
(Un)Natural Selection, Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY (June 1–July 30)

Flatfiling, Pierogi / Artnews Projects, Berlin, Germany (May 18–June 23)

Double-Edged Abstraction, G-Module, Paris, France, (May 12–June 30)
Monumental Drawings, Blue Star Contemporary Art Center, San Antonio, TX (April 5–June 17)
Drawn to the Edge, Adam Baumgold Gallery New York, NY (March 23–April 28)
Lines, Texas Gallery, Houston, TX

2006
Twice Drawn, Tang Museum Saratoga Springs, NY (October 7–December 30)
Light in August, Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, NY (August 5–26)
Block Party, Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (July 15–August 26)
Factitious, Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY (June 23–July 31)

Inaugural Exhibition, Pierogi Leipzig, Germany (April 29–July 1)
Paramnesiac Landscape, New York Center for Art & Media Studies, New York, NY (March 18–April 23), Curated by Robin Reisenfeld
Selected Fine Arts Alumni, Student Union Gallery, UMass, Amherst (March 6–17)
Fine Line, Adam Baumgold Gallery, New York, NY (February 2–Mar. 11)
The Studio Visit, Exit Art, New York, NY (January 7–28)
Artists from Dumbo, Gathering of the Tribes, New York, NY (January 6–30)
2005
Sideways View with Ear to the Ground, Zito Studio Gallery, New York, NY (December 16–January 15)
The Bermuda Triangle, Ambrosino Gallery, Miami, FL (November 29–December 29)

American Obsessive Drawing, Völcker & Freunde, Berlin, Germany (September 21–October 25)
Radical Vaudeville, Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, NY (July 22–August 13)
Begging a Proper Donnybrook, Archibald Arts, New York, NY (July 8–August 31)
Greater New York 2005,
PS1, Long Island City, NY (March 13–September 26)
De Balthus a Zeller,
Michele Soskine Inc., Madrid, Spain (April 7–May 28)
SAFN In Collaboration with Pierogi,
SAFN Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland (March 5–April 17)
On Paper,
Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (February 26–March 19)
Happy Birthday to Me, G-Module, Paris, France (January 8–February 19)
2004
The Print Show, Exit Art, New York, NY (December 4–Jan. 30, 2005)
Sixth Annual Altoids Curiously Strong Collection, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, NY (October 29–November 20)
Pencil Me In, Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, MA (September 24–October 17)
Phantom Limb, Unit B Gallery, Chicago, IL (September 10–October 3)
Pickup Lines, Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, MA (July 24–August 14)
Vacation Nation, Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY (July 2–28)
Mindscape, Pavel Zoubek, Inc. New York, NY (June 24–August 13)
Finesse, Catherine Clark Gallery, San Francisco, CA (July 1–31)
Radial Gradient, Gregory Lind Gallery, San Francisco, CA (April 1–May 22)
Uncharted Territory: Subjective Mapping by Artists and Cartographers, Julie Saul Gallery, New York, NY (March 5–April 10)
AMP, The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA (February 6–March 15)
2003
Big Cry Baby, Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, NY (November 8–December 14)
Artists and Maps: Cartography as a Means of Knowing, Hoffman Gallery of Contemporary
Art, Lewis & Clark College, Portland, OR  (September 4– October 19)
The New Topography, Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, MA (June 27–July 19)
Online, Feigen Contemporary, New York, NY  (May 29–August 9)
High & Inside, Marlborough Chelsea, New York, NY  (May 1–June 7)
Obsessive Pleasures, Pavel Zoubok, Inc., New York, NY  (April 24–May 24)
Pierogi Presents, Bernard Toale Gallery, Boston, MA   (April 2–May 10)
The Incredible Lightness Of Being, Black & White Gallery, Brooklyn, NY (January 31–March 3)
2002
Locations, Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn, NY  (September 5–October 19)
Need to Know Basis, Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, MA (August 16–September 5)
Boiled or Fried, Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY  (July 5–29)
Déjà Vu, G-Module, Paris, France    (July 4–August 3)
On Paper, Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Los Angeles,  CA    (February 16–March 16)
Selection 1, Made in Brooklyn, Wythe Studio, Brooklyn, NY    (February 9–March 4)
Cascade of Scales, James Graham & Sons, New York, NY  (January 24–February 23)
2001
Lost In Space, Gary Tatintsian Gallery, New York, NY   (November 15–January 5)
7 UMass Alumni, Student Union Gallery, UMass, Amherst, MA   (October 30–November 16)
Drawing (Selected), G-Module, Paris, France   (May 31–July 21)
National Drawing Invitational, Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR  (January 26–March 11)
2000
Blurry Lines, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI  (October 8–January 14, 2001)
Microwave II, 123 Watts Gallery, New York, NY   (September 16–November 11)
Wunderkammer: Wonderworks, Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn, NY  (September 6–October 21)
Back to Nature, Derek Eller Gallery, New York, NY   (July 7–August 4)
Bridges, d.u.m.b.o. Arts Center, Brooklyn, NY   (May 5–June 3)
The End, Exit Art/The First World, New York, NY   (January 29–April 1)
1999
Monumental Drawings, Exit Art/The First World, New York, NY   (September 18–October 30)
Size Matters, Gale Gates et al., Brooklyn, NY   (September 15–December 11)
Familiar Strangers, Galapagos,  Brooklyn, NY  (August 23–September 1)
Environments, Cornell University, Weill Medical College, New York, NY   (July–September)
2nd Annual Portrait Show, Jorgensen Gallery, New York, NY   (June 30–August 25)
1998
The Wide Open Show, Perrelli Fine Art & Design, Baltimore, MD   (October 1–November 28)
Intro, Jenn Joy Gallery, San Francisco, CA   (July 7–31)
Wild, Exit Art/The First World, New York, NY   January  (17–April 2)
1997
First Annual, Two Sculptors, Inc., New York, NY (June 5–21)
Spring Collection, a+a company, New York, NY (April 11–May 2)
1995
30 Pieces, 450 Gallery, New York, NY (October)
Art From the Other Side, 68 Jay, Brooklyn, NY (May)
1994
Fever, Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH (May 13–July 31)
1992
Fever, Exit Art/The First World, New York, NY (December 11–January 23, 1993)
1991
Mixed Media, University of Massachusetts Medical Center Gallery, Worcester, MA
4×4, Art for Public Spaces, Baystate West Center Court Atrium, Springfield, MA
Fall 1990 Exhibit, The Sculpture Courtyard, University Library, Amherst, MA
1990
Exhibit, The Sculpture Courtyard, University Library, Amherst, MA

AWARDS AND HONORS
2007 Civitella Ranieri Fellowship
2005 Artist Pension Trust
2001 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant

BIBLIOGRAPHY
2014
Dunlap, David W., “Along the D Line, Subway Stations Serve as Platforms for Art”, The New York Times, Oct. 16, pg. A26
2013
Daniels, Diana L., “Stepping Outside of Ourselves”, Approaching Infinity, Crocker Art Museum, pgs. 5-9
2011
“Daniel Zeller”, Fukt, A Magazine for Drawing Vol. 10, pgs. 74-81
“Hypothetical Model of the Evolution and Structure of Science, Daniel Zeller, 2007”
Issues in Science and Technology, Volume XXVII, #3, pgs. 50-52, 58
Hofstätter, Amrei, “Daniel Zeller; The hypothesis, the organic and the concept of infinity”, Belio Magazine, Edition: 032, pgs. 8- 19
2010
Ollman, Leah. “Getting lost in intricate doodles”, Los Angeles Times,” February 5, 2010
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2008
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2007
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2006
Bailly, Bérnicé. “La Terre Imaginaire de Dan Zeller”, Le Monde, November 11, p.28
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2005
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2004
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2003
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2001
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2000
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1999
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1998
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SELECTED COLLECTIONS
Princeton Art Museum
Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
Altoid’s Curiously Strong Collection, New York, NY
Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AK
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY (Gift of the Rothschild Foundation)
The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Various Private Collections