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    • Porcupine Star 2014
    • hardware, miscellaneous found objects: 24.5 x 24.5 x 4 inches
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    • Red Planet 2014
    • book matched sandpaper belts, graphite on board: 48 x 48 inches
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    • Last Coppice, Piet, Iowa 2014
    • Found architectural molding and trim pieces, florist frog, painted wood, found frame: 37 x 26 inches
    • Daniel Stupar
    • Once in a Blue Moon a Green Moon 2014
    • assemblage: salvaged wooden molding, broken furniture bits, painted wood, found frame: 31 x 28 inches
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    • Construction #16, Root of the Function 2014
    • assemblage: 31.5 x 27.5 inches
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    • Construction #19, A Love Supreme(ist) 2014
    • assemblage: salvaged wooden molding, painted wood, found frame: 32 x 24.5 inches
    • Daniel Stupar
    • Plat Aerial View 2012
    • recycled molding, furniture bits and salvaged picture frames: 16 x 20 inches
    • Daniel Stupar
    • Sticks 2012
    • recycled molding, furniture bits and salvaged picture frames: 69 x 7 inches
    • SOLD
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    • Jib 2012
    • recycled molding, furniture bits and salvaged picture frames: 24 x 9.25 inches
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    • Crest (detail) 2012
    • recycled molding, furniture bits and salvaged picture frames
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    • Crest 2012
    • recycled molding, furniture bits and salvaged picture frames: 38 x 25 inches
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    • Duplex 2013
    • recycled wood: 31.5 x 43 x 4 inches
    • SOLD
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    • Three Small Spirals 2013
    • recycled wood: 22 x 20 x 3 inches
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    • Construction #4 with Top 2013
    • recycled wood: 16 x 12 x 3 inches
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Daniel Stupar

American, b. 1959

Daniel Stupar’s  recent work is inspired by the metaphysical concepts associated with axis mundi or cosmic center. In this construct an axis mundi is both a physical and spiritual marker of sorts, designating a point as geographic center of earth as well as a kind of column suggesting transcendence. While axis mundi is typically associated with Hinduism, all cultures throughout history have shared in the mythology. Newari stupa architecture, East Asian pagodas, Muslim minarets, the spires of Catholic cathedrals, May poles and totem poles all serve as types of axis mundi. In the secular world one can think of skyscrapers, lighthouses, copulas even the Washington monument and perhaps most poignant of these, the two beams of light pointed skyward from ground zero.

The work created for this show has a distinctly diminutive stature particularly in relationship to the examples given above. They are intended to serve as a domestic monument imbuing them with a more personal and less cultural implication.  Take for instance, Fountainhead Stupa and 36.92N, 121.76W (Watsonville). The selected materials are amalgams of relatively modern, post-industrial detritus, each piece precariously positioned on the back of the previous, held in suspension by a center axis. These little monuments provide a commentary on material ideals of a recent past while suggesting contemplation of ones limitless potential for reinvention.

Daniel Stupar holds an MFA from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth (2001) and a BA from San Diego State University (1995). Stupar teaches at Brown University and has shown at the David Winton Bell Gallery, Brown University, and Boston Center for the Arts, MA.

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