Daniel Steegmann Mangrané’s Steel Curtains
We first caught sight of one of Daniel Steegmann Mangrané’s colorful curtains at Esther Schipper gallery’s booth at Frieze New York last year, where we couldn’t stop taking pictures of how nicely it framed the crowds rushing by on the other side. But we’d forgotten all about the Spanish-born, Brazilian-based artist until more of those curtains popped up on Sight Unseen contributor Su Wu’s blog I’m Revolting last week. Steegmann appears to have a very philosophically rich practice, full of meshes and grids and insect forms that reference Brazilian oil laborers and the writings of Roger Caillois, but the curtains, from what we can tell, are pure formalism, and the best kind — they completely transform your experience of a space. The curtains themselves are made from steel mesh and produced by a Spanish interiors company called KriskaDecor, but with geometric cutouts lined in laser-cut and powder-coated steel frames. For those of you in New York, Steegmann will take part in the New Museum’s next Triennial, opening February 25, but otherwise keep an eye on this page for a chance to see his work in person.