Daniel Cummings

Nickels and Pennies

New solo exhibition at Light & Wire Gallery.



Coins are miniature low relief classical sculpture that we handle and carry with us daily, yet their quality exists only as legal tender, not art. We finger and select them blindly, never making the effort to really look at them. They pass from person to person, circulating endlessly, their lines slowly eroding as they rub against each other in a pocket. Likewise their imagery has almost ceased to matter, a vague recollection of something once learned.

"A scene illuminated by a lightning flash (of the order of magnitude of a thousandth of a second) is seen even in this brief moment to have depth. Objects are seen in relief, in actual relation as to distance and in normal perspective, even under the extremely brief illumination of an electric spark."
-M. Luckiesh

What I have painted: five pennies and seven nickels. I stopped at twelve as it totaled nicely to forty cents. This equaled three works on a wall with even, open spacing: letting each painting breathe; subtle to more iconic while retaining a sculpturality. The coin paintings are objects close to home, a simple narrative, a desire for a fine focus.

"It has been shown that at least part of the information received by the optical nerves is routed through and affected by the memory before it reaches the part of the brain that deals with visual impulses (input). Now Rene Dubos discusses the distortion of stimuli: we tend to symbolize stimuli and then react to the symbol rather than directly to the stimuli. Assume this to be true of other senses as well…"
–Bruce Nauman

Daniel Cummings
July, 2009