Daniel Wurtzel is a Brooklyn-based artist best known for his kinetic sculptures and installations using air and lightweight materials that fly. Daniel's work is currently featured on Broadway in Finding Neverland and with Cirque du Soleil in Amaluna. His paper tornado was center stage at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony in front of a worldwide audience. He has shown his artwork at the Musee Rodin, the Grand Palais in Paris, the World Expo, the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC, The Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya, the Museu do Amanha in Rio de Janeiro, the Phillips Collection, Swiss Science Center Technorama, Copernicus Science Center, and Phaeno Science Center. Daniel has also worked with some of the world's most highly regarded theater directors including Julie Taymor, Diane Paulus, Robert Lepage, Zhang Yimou, Daniel Ezralow and Michel Laprise. Artist Statement: On its most basic level, my work is an attempt to transform ordinary matter into something extraordinary, to bridge the conceptual realm to the material world. My point of entry into art making has been through using materials in ways that distill and re-present various aspects of their inherent physical properties, revealing an unexpected beauty in a previously un-seen way. I am interested in creating art that is experiential, interactive and constantly changing, and in these ways may bring about a state of reverie or trance in the viewer, much like watching a fire. Though mostly poetic in conception, my work has a strong scientific bent, and resolving technically difficult problems in sculpture making has been a hallmark of my career. Flight has been a persistent theme for me throughout my life, and as my work has matured, its manifestations have taken on ever more ethereal forms. In my most recent work, I am interested in finding or imposing order on chaotic airflow systems. The Air series of sculptures and stage to stadium-sized installations involves various lightweight, humble materials such as bird feathers, balloons, flower petals, paper, Styrofoam peanuts, fabrics, fog, fire or ordinary litter from the street that are trapped, and continuously fly in columns, vortices or waves of open air. Propelled into motion by something that is invisible, the aerodynamic properties of these materials, and the underlying order within these inherently chaotic airflow systems are revealed in a way that can be continuously observed. *For more detailed information about pieces in the Air series and other works, please visit www.danielwurtzel.com
daniel's ArtPrize Entries
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daniel's Past Work
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