I primarily make large scale ink on paper drawings. They fall into a couple of separate but related categories, Men, Flowers and landscapes. All of my work is about survival, the inherent competition that that entails and my underlying love and hope for humanity.
The landscapes fall under the title: Testimonies Against Obliteration. They are comprised of several parts, dying plant life, struggling human life and the remains of our civilized society littering the landscape. The 21st century is entering into a post-human period where our humanity is losing out to our increasingly mechanized digital world. These drawings explore our chaotic world of speed, information, status, power and the waste that’s left in our wake. The drawings often evolve from one vignette to the next until a complete scene has been created.
The aging, dying and dead flowers found throughout my work explore the simultaneous stillness of dying and the explosive violence of rebirth. These drawings are meticulous meditations on existence. They show the beauty of aging and they are celebrations of living.
The series of men under the title: I Said You FCKN Die! are drawings of competing capitalists. They are pictures of internal struggles seeking to denounce violence and the aggressive nature of man.
I work almost entirely with an old fashioned nib dipped in ink because I enjoy the purity the black line on the page. With no mechanized parts between the ink from my fingers meeting the page I am able to deal directly with every fractious grain of the paper. It is a love to create beautiful images that moves me to work this way. There are no illusions within an ink drawing, every line the hits the paper is left there, it cannot be erased and the inks’ blackness cannot be blackened any further. The evolution of the drawing is transparent, there is nowhere to hide and any lies that I make are left in plain sight. The indelible power of ink drawings resides in this truth telling ability allowing me to create these testimonies to our humanity.
Artist Bio / CV
1979 Oceanside, New York
The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art New York, NY B.F.A. 2001
Daniel Cooney Fine Art: I Said You Fckn Die! March 20th-May3rd 2008
Maurice N. Flecker Memorial Gallery At Sufflok County Community College: Testimonies Against Obliteration October 7th – November 7th 2008
The Cooper Union 2001 Houghton Gallery
Daniel Cooney Fine Art: Drawings April 30th – June 10th 2009
Wonderland Art Space, Copenhagen Denmark: Human, Nature, Machine April 24th –May 30th 2009
1997-2001: Four Year Full Tuition Scholarship to Cooper Union
Recipient of the 1999-2000 Benjamin Menschel Fellowhship
Harper’s Magazine, November 2007, p.25
The L Magazine, Benjamin Sutton Review April 2008, p.52
Interview for ArtSlant.com April 2008,
New York Magazine, Vulture Blog, Art Candy Pick March 2008,
Citadel September 2008 (Denmark) p.28-29
Wonderland (Denmark) September 2008 p. 54, 56-7