LIONFISHING

2019

Lionfish, Chinese ink on paper, 9 x 12 inches [22.86 x 30.48 cm], 2019. Set of 20, each edition of 1.

Lionfish are an invasive species that were introduced into Florida waters by people who released them for aquaria. On average, 45% of sea life is lost when lionfish inhabit a reef. With few predators in the Western Atlantic, and with reproduction rates as high as 30,000 eggs every four days, lionfish are considered one of the worst invasive problems facing biodiversity. In the last decade, this venomous fish has spread as far north as South Carolina and as far south as Brazil, ravaging the marine life of coral reefs.

While competing in the South Florida Diving Headquarter’s annual Lionfish Derby, I descended a hundred feet into the Atlantic to remove lionfish.

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POKÉMON

2019

Pokémon, 7 inch [17.78 cm] diameter, polymer with 18 lionfish venomous spines, 2019

Set of 9, edition of 1 and artist proof.

Lionfish originate in the Indo-Pacific Region, including the waters of south east Japan. These pokémon sculptures merge the mass-produced characteristics of global trade, which has resulted in the spread of invasive species, with the biological material–the 18 venomous spines–taken from the lionfish.

ILLINOIS RIVER PROJECT

2006-Present

Catching invasive fish in Illinois River, Invasive fish decomposition, fishbone meal, soil testing, environmental remediation in South Bronx, 2006-2018

Artist photobook, 100 pages, 17 x 11 inches [43,1 x 29,7 cm], 2017

The Illinois River Project is an interdisciplinary project that aims to better the lives of individuals with a criminal record through confronting the ecology of the Illinois River, generating compost and clean up polluted soil. These seemingly disparate issues are actually intimately related and, I believe, are cyclically intertwined. It is my artistic advantage to work with and across different sectors and constituents that I believe will make a meaningful impact to each of these circuits.

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ILRP : DISTRIBUTION PROTOTYPE #1.1 PLAYGROUND 134

2017-2018

Fishbone meal intervention in polluted toxic soil in the South Bronx

Playground 134 is adjacent to a congested freeway and soil tests reveal almost four times the maximum level of lead that the EPA deems safe. Children play here, exposed to toxic soil, a modest improvement from the decades of exposure to leaded gasoline fumes. By integrating fishbone meal at this site, the lead molecules become no longer bio-available. However, much more fishbone is required to address the problem of urban soil exposed to decades of pollution. 

DISINTEGRATING TROPHY

2017

Gyotaku (ink on Japanese rice paper), 33.5 x 18 inches [ 85 x 45.75 cm], series of 5, 2017

ILRP : ACQUISITION PROTOTYPE PROTOTYPE #3.1 VÓ BÈ

2016

Bamboo, fishing net, 28 x 6 x 18 feet [8,53 x 1,82 x 5,48 m], 2016

Traditional Việt fishing apparatus constructed and donated to a community pond in Củ Chi, Việt Nam

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ILRP : ACQUISITION PROTOTYPE #2.1 NEAR-SIGHTED PORCUPINE

2016

Football pads with fishing spears, jetski helmet, 3D camera, 50 watt megaphone, media player with sine wave audio track, fishing net, 2016

Prototype #2, River Rat, is a wearable solution to invasive carp in the Illinois waterway. Part defense, part solution for reducing the overpopulation of invasive carp that jump from the water, River Rat is an inexpensive and practical suit.

Presented

Redneck Fishing Tournament
Bath, Illinois
July 2016

 

AGRO-ALCHEMY

2017

Black soldier fly larva and flies in resin, 11 dia x 0.5 inches [29,5 dia x 1 cm], 2017

Black soldier flies have gained status as a rapid waste processor, replacing other forms of composting and vermicultures at agriculture sites. The byproduct is applicable as soil amendment; the larva serve as chicken feed; as a source of protein, they are being tested for human consumption.

The black soldier flies are positioned in the alchemist symbol, the squaring of the circle, from larva to pupa to fly. The lifespan of a black soldier fly is about 6 weeks. The specimens used were non-vital.

ILRP : CONVERSION PROTOTYPE #1.2 ACQUATIC VERMICULTURE

2016

Mosquito net, black soldier flies, plastic container, Speedrail, 35 gallon aquarium, convict cichlids, sump pump, PVC pipe, fluorescent daylight bulbs, fluorescent black light, light timer, heart-shaped philodendron, refrigerator, invasive carp, extension cords, 2016

A system that breaks down invasive carp bodies, feeds fish, cleans water with hydroponic plants

 
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Don Hải Phú Daedalus (b. 1983) grew up in the shadow of country's largest public observatory—an area so remote and sparsely populated that it served as the first plutonium-processing plant for the Manhattan Project. Shortly after the oldest human remains in North America were discovered near his hometown, Daedalus attended the University of Washington, where, coincidentally, the remains were to be held during the decade-long legal dispute between the native Kennewick tribe and anthropologists. In that time he completed studies in Continental and Applied Philosophy and interdisciplinary art degree. He was a Ferguson and Richardson Fellow.

In the post-911 climate that re-elected George W. Bush, Daedalus voluntarily expatriated to Spain, where the housing bubble ripened. Living in Barcelona, he studied Ildefons Cerdà's l'Eixample through painting, and drawing. Don returned to the U.S. to complete his graduate studies at the San Francisco Art Institute, where he focused on new media, film and performance.

In New York, Daedalus was commission by Franklin Furnace to create Doppelgänger Effect, (2010/2011) which merged his interest in sight, urbanism, and sound. In 2012 he staged Doppler Shift, commissioned by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council as a the continuation of the inquiries of Doppelgänger Effect. Concomitantly, he participated in Sound Development City's first expeditionary residency in Berlin, London, and Zurich, in which he presented Bottle Vox. Returning to New York, he joined Critical Practices, Inc., founded by the first generation Conceptual artist and art critic, Saul Ostrow.

In the fall of 2012, Don founded Lugubrious New York, a digital artist book publishing platform later that year. The first publication was with British artist Steve Rosenthal.

In 2013 Daedalus held his first solo show in Latin America at LA Galeria in Bogotá, Colombia, entitled Imagined Bonds, Impossible Escape. He created glass sculptures for the exhibition, each capturing a stage in the evolution of the representation of black holes. The sculptures were made while in residence at Campos de Gutierrez, in MedellÍn, the former home to the notorious Pablo Escobar. While there, he was invited to document the world’s largest escalator, located in the impoverished Commune 11, which is the focus of his upcoming book on power and ambulation, and continuation of Waging on Aging Centurions.

A scholarship and residency at The Center for Book Arts brought Daedalus back to the U.S., where he presented bookEnd, a sculptural and digital meditation on the transference of information formats in the consumer economy. His 2014 work The Digization Of Information And Its Physical Components, led to a panel discussion on archival practices with D. Graham Burnett, Matt Wolf, Lyle Shaw, and Emilio Chapela.

The 2014 Whitney Biennial invited Critical Practices, Inc., to facilitate three round table discussions for the Whitney Biennial. Later that year Daedalus curated three discussions at First Street Green park, concerning public space. In 2016 he transitioned to archiving consultant for CPI. 

In 2015, Daedalus presented Acquisition Prototype 1.2 at the Bronx Biennial held at the Bronx Museum of Arts. Acquisition Prototype 2.1 launched at the Redneck Fishing Tournament in Bath, IL, in 2016. Acquisition Prototype 3.1 is permanently installed at a community pond in Củ Chi, Việt Nam.

Additionally, Don has been a resident at the ISCP, Triangle Arts, Alfred University’s Institute for Electronic Arts, the Betsy Ross Hotel in Miami Beach, Schaumbad Freies Atelierhaus, Flux Factory and Campos de Gutierrez. He has received support from New York Foundation for the Arts, Rhizome, the Foundation for Contemporary Art, Franklin Furnace, the Puffin Foundation, En Foco, and participated in the Buckminster Fuller Institute's Catalyst program and was a finalist for Katerva’s Environmental Innovation award.

ARTIST STATEMENT

 

To arrive to new ideas I invent new tools. A tool can be a workflow, physical instrument or a gamble; the tool may or may not become part of the project which is being assisted. Projects themselves may be tools for a subsequent project or previous endeavor. Art is not bound by taxonomy.

The motivation and inspiration for creative production most closely resembles suspicion. I'm suspicious of what I’ve read, seen or heard and think, "maybe if I visualize it, or visualize it differently, some confirmation or refutation can occur.” In essence, I’m thinking that seeing is believing, or believing is seeing (and that faith, the opposite of suspicion, has nothing to do with either believing nor seeing). At the same time you know it’s easiest to explain a plan by drawing a diagram in the dirt with a stick.

 

Work History (The First Decade)

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masking videogames celebrityworship repetitionvariation notstalgia bacchanal immortality John Kellogg health trends inevitabilty exhibitionconventions re-enactment perception Zeuxis Churchshitler Cold Reading Forever Young(Geary Street) FourwayEscher LOST[Time 1, 2, 3] age& aging narrativestructure Forever Young Bearing Uncool Cry Baby Killer Redux doubling echo urban-psycho-experience urbandesign ManhattanGrid socialrelationsthroughform Germanliterature movement movingimages Doppelganger Effect Buildingon Binaries Metacontrast hearingsoundwaves castle-building Olympics gentrification collaborativeaudio Berlin microphones radio concentrationof power movinglight catastrophe special effects late-nightworkers productionof the urbane Systemsof Physical Defense Bottle Vox Sound Construct(s/ed) Doppler Shift HardcopyTransmission 2012 seeingthe unseeable photography images digitalreaders inquisition models neurotransmittors ‘love’troubador astrophysics Imagined Bonds,Impossible Escape Access Error Tracinga Path of a Rayof Light urbanspace history of book organizationof information 2014 Bookend WagingOn AgingCentrions DiscoveryTo Sprawl authenticity authorship mark making light visibility masterpiece copyingold masters appropriation Signatures Sun Spots culturalappropriation transformationof forms massproduction color onamonapia poetry Canoa/Kenu Light Studies Mediterranean Light Gran Metro (TMB) invasivespecies gestures Fixed 7Deadly Sins beauty pornography production manipulationof images brandinga city biologicalproclivities socialvalues archive correspondence Canoato Canoe If I Were Beautifuland Symmetrical, Too circuityof (digital)information historicalimaginary taboo tourismfinancialmodel ecology consumerismconsumption contemporary (?)deviant acts gametheory penology Alcatraz:Destination Prison Mi-Lieus DumpCycle DirtyOl Dayz PrisonersDilemma zoologicalperception unrehearsedperformances triump systems amateurism abridgement distillation firsttimes duration classwarfare representation ninjas Asians masking videogames celebrityworship repetitionvariation notstalgia bacchanal immortality John Kellogg health trends inevitabilty exhibitionconventions re-enactment perception Zeuxis Churchshitler Cold Reading Forever Young(Geary Street) FourwayEscher LOST[Time 1, 2, 3] age& aging narrativestructure Forever Young Bearing Uncool Cry Baby Killer Redux doubling echo urban-psycho-experience urbandesign ManhattanGrid socialrelationsthroughform Germanliterature movement movingimages Doppelganger Effect Buildingon Binaries Metacontrast hearingsoundwaves castle-building Olympics gentrification collaborativeaudio Berlin microphones radio concentrationof power movinglight catastrophe special effects late-nightworkers productionof the urbane Systemsof Physical Defense Bottle Vox Sound Construct(s/ed) Doppler Shift HardcopyTransmission 2012 seeingthe unseeable photography images digitalreaders inquisition models neurotransmittors ‘love’troubador astrophysics 2013 Imagined Bonds,Impossible Escape Access Error Tracinga Path of a Rayof Light authenticity authorship mark making light visibility masterpiece copyingold masters appropriation Signatures Sun Spots culturalappropriation transformationof forms massproduction color onamonapia poetry Canoa/Kenu Light Studies Mediterranean Light Gran Metro (TMB) invasivespecies gestures Fixed 7Deadly Sins beauty pornography production manipulationof images brandinga city biologicalproclivities socialvalues archive correspondence Canoato Canoe If I Were Beautifuland Symmetrical, Too circuityof (digital)information historicalimaginary taboo tourismfinancialmodel ecology consumerismconsumption contemporary (?)deviant acts gametheory penology Alcatraz:Destination Prison Mi-Lieus DumpCycle DirtyOl Dayz PrisonersDilemma zoologicalperception unrehearsedperformances triump systems amateurism abridgement distillation firsttimes duration classwarfare representation ninjas Asians masking videogames celebrityworship repetitionvariation notstalgia bacchanal immortality John Kellogg health trends inevitabilty exhibitionconventions re-enactment perception Zeuxis Churchshitler Cold Reading Forever Young(Geary Street) FourwayEscher LOST[Time 1, 2, 3] age& aging narrativestructure Forever Young Bearing Uncool Cry Baby Killer Redux doubling echo urban-psycho-experience urbandesign ManhattanGrid socialrelationsthroughform Germanliterature movement movingimages Doppelganger Effect Buildingon Binaries Metacontrast hearingsoundwaves castle-building Olympics gentrification collaborativeaudio Berlin microphones radio concentrationof power movinglight catastrophe special effects late-nightworkers productionof the urbane 2012 Systemsof Physical Defense Bottle Vox Sound Construct(s/ed) Doppler Shift HardcopyTransmission 2012 authenticity authorship mark making light visibility masterpiece copyingold masters appropriation Signatures Sun Spots culturalappropriation transformationof forms massproduction color onamonapia poetry Canoa/Kenu Light Studies Mediterranean Light Gran Metro (TMB) invasivespecies gestures Fixed 7Deadly Sins beauty pornography production manipulationof images brandinga city biologicalproclivities socialvalues archive correspondence Canoato Canoe If I Were Beautifuland Symmetrical, Too circuityof (digital)information historicalimaginary taboo tourismfinancialmodel ecology consumerismconsumption contemporary (?)deviant acts gametheory penology Alcatraz:Destination Prison Mi-Lieus DumpCycle DirtyOl Dayz PrisonersDilemma zoologicalperception unrehearsedperformances triump systems amateurism abridgement distillation firsttimes duration classwarfare representation ninjas Asians masking videogames celebrityworship repetitionvariation notstalgia bacchanal immortality John Kellogg health trends inevitabilty exhibitionconventions re-enactment perception Zeuxis Churchshitler Cold Reading Forever Young(Geary Street) FourwayEscher LOST[Time 1, 2, 3] age& aging narrativestructure Forever Young Bearing Uncool Cry Baby Killer Redux doubling echo urban-psycho-experience urbandesign ManhattanGrid socialrelationsthroughform Germanliterature movement movingimages 2011 Doppelganger Effect Buildingon Binaries Metacontrast authenticity authorship mark making light visibility masterpiece copyingold masters appropriation Signatures Sun Spots culturalappropriation transformationof forms massproduction color onamonapia poetry Canoa/Kenu Light Studies Mediterranean Light Gran Metro (TMB) invasivespecies gestures Fixed 7Deadly Sins beauty pornography production manipulationof images brandinga city biologicalproclivities socialvalues archive correspondence Canoato Canoe If I Were Beautifuland Symmetrical, Too circuityof (digital)information historicalimaginary taboo tourismfinancialmodel ecology consumerismconsumption contemporary (?)deviant acts gametheory penology Alcatraz:Destination Prison Mi-Lieus DumpCycle DirtyOl Dayz PrisonersDilemma zoologicalperception unrehearsedperformances triump systems amateurism abridgement distillation firsttimes duration classwarfare representation ninjas Asians masking videogames celebrityworship repetitionvariation notstalgia bacchanal immortality John Kellogg health trends inevitabilty exhibitionconventions re-enactment perception Zeuxis Churchshitler Cold Reading Forever Young(Geary Street) FourwayEscher LOST[Time 1, 2, 3] age& aging narrativestructure 2010 Forever Young Bearing Uncool Cry Baby Killer Redux authenticity authorship mark making light visibility masterpiece copyingold masters appropriation Signatures Sun Spots culturalappropriation transformationof forms massproduction color onamonapia poetry Canoa/Kenu Light Studies Mediterranean Light Gran Metro (TMB) invasivespecies gestures Fixed 7Deadly Sins beauty pornography production manipulationof images brandinga city biologicalproclivities socialvalues archive correspondence Canoato Canoe If I Were Beautifuland Symmetrical, Too circuityof (digital)information historicalimaginary taboo tourismfinancialmodel ecology consumerismconsumption contemporary (?)deviant acts gametheory penology Alcatraz:Destination Prison Mi-Lieus DumpCycle DirtyOl Dayz PrisonersDilemma zoologicalperception unrehearsedperformances triump systems amateurism abridgement distillation firsttimes duration classwarfare representation ninjas Asians masking videogames celebrityworship repetitionvariation notstalgia bacchanal immortality John Kellogg health trends inevitabilty exhibitionconventions re-enactment perception 2009 Zeuxis Churchshitler Cold Reading Forever Young(Geary Street) FourwayEscher LOST[Time 1, 2, 3] authenticity authorship mark making light visibility masterpiece copyingold masters appropriation Signatures Sun Spots culturalappropriation transformationof forms massproduction color onamonapia poetry Canoa/Kenu Light Studies Mediterranean Light Gran Metro (TMB) invasivespecies gestures Fixed 7Deadly Sins beauty pornography production manipulationof images brandinga city biologicalproclivities socialvalues archive correspondence Canoato Canoe If I Were Beautifuland Symmetrical, Too circuityof (digital)information historicalimaginary taboo tourismfinancialmodel ecology consumerismconsumption contemporary (?)deviant acts gametheory penology 2008 Alcatraz:Destination Prison Mi-Lieus DumpCycle DirtyOl Dayz PrisonersDilemma authenticity authorship mark making light visibility masterpiece copyingold masters appropriation Signatures Sun Spots culturalappropriation transformationof forms massproduction color onamonapia poetry Canoa/Kenu Light Studies Mediterranean Light Gran Metro (TMB) invasivespecies gestures Fixed 7Deadly Sins beauty pornography production manipulationof images brandinga city biologicalproclivities socialvalues archive correspondence 2007 Canoato Canoe If I Were Beautifuland Symmetrical, Too authenticity authorship mark making light visibility masterpiece copyingold masters appropriation Signatures Sun Spots culturalappropriation transformationof forms massproduction color onamonapia poetry Canoa/Kenu Light Studies Mediterranean Light Gran Metro (TMB) invasivespecies gestures 2006 Fixed 7Deadly Sins authenticity authorship mark making light visibility masterpiece copyingold masters appropriation Signatures Sun Spots culturalappropriation transformationof forms massproduction color onamonapia poetry 2005 Canoa/Kenu Light Studies Mediterranean Light Gran Metro (TMB) authenticity authorship mark making light visibility masterpiece copyingold masters appropriation 2004 Signatures Sun Spots

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