Inviting a prominent artistic personality from a little known side of the world to an urban intervention such as antipodes café DEG15 and moreover to a context with a spoiled timorous contemporary art scene, was with no doubts a challenge. But a nice one to go throughout and keep exploring boundaries of the doing with the whole context. Precisely, if an Uruguayan –born in Tacuarembó during times of the Operation Condor; raised in a Catholic family dedicated to ecumenical activities; passing through Jesuit school, and arrived to Montevideo to study art in the middle of the 90s’ without any economical support but the opposite– could achieve all that so far Daniel Umpierrez has done from early times at the pathfinder “movimiento sexi” (artistic group he formed with the megalomaniac Martin Sastre), to his prolific and multifaceted career build from his alter ego “Dani Umpi” –which is a writer, singer/performer and visual artist–, there is still hope for every child growing up between safety boxes.
The first solo show of Dani Umpi in Norway attempts to introduce the colourful artist with a measured intensity, presenting multifarious works related to those three main areas of work with an specific narrative. From city to the frame and from it to the wall and then to the space. From those static lights, reading corner and internet television to a lift as a temporary stage in the city under construction.
The exhibition was mounted in several open-door days with the artist, who also participated in the gathering “Kaffe med…Dani“, and it counted with a homemade catalogue including rests from collages in its cover and printed on demand (+300 copies)
“In the beginning there was performance, and then everything else. This principle not only applies to 20th century avant-garde performers, but also to promiscuous, pagan symbolists like Dani Umpi.
In a rare synthesis, Dani Umpi engenders characters with an approach analogous to Cindy Sherman, explores the conceptual-sensorial participation of the audience in the vein of Lygia Clark, while scrutinizing the mainstream, folk, and avant-garde world in a manner akin to Helio Oiticica.
Dani’s world is a Tropical Neo-Concrete repertoire amalgamated by a glitzy conceptualist. Dani is not only a popular iconographer, but also aspires to become a “mainstream experimentalist”, an oxymoronic, genetic crossover between Yoko Ono, and Cris Morena.
Dani’s work encompasses collage, cabaret, music, literature, and visual art which modulate between the culture industry, and popular culture. The manufacture of a pop-star persona has enable Dani Umpi to compose songs, while melodramatic procedures sets a framework for writing novels that most certainly will share book shelves with authors such as Manuel Puig and Hebe Uhart.
Dani’s poetic sensibilities have enable him to style paintings and installations out of paper, which become interwoven on stage through a kaleidoscopic turmoil to form his onstage costumes, and scenography. His books, which serve as the basis of his songs, deal with subject matters such as love, friendship, and the ridicule.
Dani Umpi overflows with pop-culture references, geometric motifs, archetypes, and esoteric symbolism. Dani’s process deconstructs the ideological discourse while replacing it with chromatic scales, and random speech patterns.
Dani Umpi transmutes the cut and sew of his costumes from the inane discourse present in glossy magazines further devoiding them of both shape, and meaning. The easiest way to categorise Dani’s universe is within the realm of pop, even though; he is without a doubt a romantic revivalist of glam-trash, pastiche, and carioca. Truly a Duchamp of artistic self-help.”
Syd Krochmalny, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2016
[Artist and writer. He is involved in the Center for Artistic Investigation and was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship by the Argentinian Research Council CONICET at the Institute of the Theory and History of Art Julio Payró in the Faculty of Philosophy and Arts at the University of Buenos Aires. (more)]
|Presentation||2016||Collage||69 x 49 cm, curved white frame, acrylic (made in antipodes café DEG 15)|
|Shiny dead||2016||Collage||Dyptich 70 x 38 cm, squared white frames, glass (made in antipodes café DEG 15)|
|Cones||2016||Collage/Installation||Dyptich 65 x 65 cm, squared white frames, glass (made in antipodes café DEG 15)
Shelf (150 x 15 cm) with hundreds of cones.
|Untitled||2o16||Site specific collage||240 x 445 cm.|
|Videos||2008-2016||Installation||Videos of Dani Umpi currently on Youtube -selection by the author-|
|Parangolés rígidos||2016||Collage||Installation in the storefront window “Utstillingsvindu”. Parangoles used as attire during his performance the day before opening the show, in the second Concert for machines that took part of antipodes café DEG15 (2016.06.25)|
|Books||2008-2016||Publications & Albums.||Selection of text by Dani Umpi belonging to antipodes cafés Bookshelf.|
Born in Tacuarembó, Uruguay, 1974.
Lives and works in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
SOLO SHOWS (Selected)
|2014||Dani Umpi||Galerie Xippas||Paris, France|
|2014||Dani Umpi||Xippas Arte Contemporáneo||Punta del Este, Uruguay|
|2013||Informática||Xippas Arte Contemporáneo||Montevideo, Uruguay|
|2011||La evolución del ser||Galería Soa||Montevideo, Uruguay|
|2011||Eterna||Galería Daniel Abate||Bs. As., Argentina|
|2010||Todo Incluido||Galería Jacob Karpio||San José, Costa Rica|
|2010||Nem Luxo, Nem Lixo||Galería OZ||Bs. As., Argentina|
|2009||Superbacana||MEC – Plataforma||Montevideo, Uruguay|
GROUP SHOWS (Selected)
|2012||El Gran Sur||First Biennial of Montevideo||Montevideo, Uruguay|
|2010||Sao Paulo Biennial||SP, Brazil|
|2013||Un poquito tarada||Novel||Editions Planeta, Argentina|
|2011||El vestido de mamá||children’s book (illustrations: Rodrigo Moraes)||Editions Criatura, Argentina|
|2010||La vueltita ridícula||Poems (selection)||Editions Vestales, Argentina|
|2010||Niño rico con problemas||fairy tales||Editions La Propia Cartonera, Argentina|
|2006||Sólo te quiero como amigo||Novel||Editions Interzona, Argentina
Editions Estruendomudo, Perú
|2004||Miss Tacuarembó||Novel (Movie based in this book)||Editions Interzona, Argentina|
|2003||Aún soltera||Novel||Editions Eloisa Cartonera, Argentina
Editions Mansalva, México
INSTALLATIONS, ACTIONS, MUSIC PERFORMANCES
|2014||A Rainha da Beleza (with Gustavo Bitencourt)||Itaú Cultural||Sao Paulo, Brazil|
|2014||Parangolés rígidos||MALBA||Bs. As., Argentina|
|2014||Parangolés rígidos||Casa de la Cultura Mario Quintana||Porto Alegre, Brazil|
|2014||Piano||Yoo||Punta del Este, Uruguay|
|2012||Marta, la musical (author and director)||Teatro Argentino de La Plata||La Plata, Argentina|
|2012||Dani Umpi Piano||First Biennial of Montevideo||Montevideo, Uruguay|
|2010||FODA||Sao Paulo Biennial||SP, Brazil|
|2009||Nena, no robarás, (author and composer –with Javier Vaz Martins–)||Centro Cultural Rojas||Bs. As., Argentina|
|2017||Rosario Bléfari y Dani Umpi en Casa Brandon||Contrapedal||Uruguay|
|2016||More Maxo -Remixes Mormazo-||Contrapedal||Uruguay|
|2015||Piano Vol. II (with Álvaro Sánchez)||Contrapedal||Uruguay|
|2014||Piano Vol. I (with Álvaro Sánchez)||Contrapedal||Uruguay|
|2013||Hijo único (with Sofía Oportot and Ignacio Redard)||Chile|
EMI Music / Crack
|2009||Dramática (with Adrián Soiza)||Contrapedal
Los Años Luz
EMI – Labels
|2016||La Yuta||Lechiguana||by Emilio Bianchic|
|2013||Sambayón||Mormazo||by Fredo Landaveri|
|2013||Mi charles Manson||Mormazo||by Tin Tan|
|2012||Tan Divertida (w/Dios del Pop)||by Dita Deren|
|2012||Johnny Depp/Deep (w/Portadores de Hip Hop)||Polémico||by Superio|
|2011||Tres Pasos feat. Marabish||Mormazo||by Luciano Demarco|
|2011||¿Qué diría tu madre? (w/Denise Murz)||Gran conquista||by Bárbara Vespa & Agustin Ratti|
|2009||Killer||Dramática||by Martín Rivero & Matías Paparamborda|
|2009||California (el cielo existe)||Perfecto||by Gustavo Marras|
|2008||Dark room||Perfecto||by Matías y Agustín Ferrando|
|2007||Atracción||Perfecto||by Oliver Garland|
|2006||Nueva Generación||Perfecto||by Matías y Agustín Ferrando|
|2006||Atracción||Perfecto||Juan Iervolino & Martín Irrutia|
|2006||No hay cómplices||Perfecto||Silvia Giusto|
MORE VIDEOS (by us)
|2016||Tres Pasos (Sexydance remix)||Concert for machines #2: Dani Umpi, antipodes café DEG15, Oslo, Norway.||antipodes café + Borowiak Photography|
|2010||Como eu quero||Hágalo Usted Mismo, Itinerant BBQ, Montevideo, Uruguay (1 shot)||By Felipe Ridao for sonidoambiente TV, Argentina.|
|2011||California (poem by Esteban García)||Album: Perfecto. Recorded in Helsinki and named “desires” (1 shot)||By Felipe Ridao|