Daniel Rothbart, Meditation/Mediation

Daniel Rothbart, Meditation/Mediation

Saturday, October 20, 2012, 7 pm

Performance Collaborations With:

Ivan Boskovic
Micha Das Bach
Elana Katz
Dovrat Meron
Lisa Stertz
Michael Zheng

Meditation/Mediation is an ongoing work conceived by Daniel Rothbart.  Artists are invited to engage and interact with Rothbart’s twelve aluminum vessel sculptures in short performance vignettes.  Through improvisation and unpredictable outside factors, the vessels are filled with transient meanings that open them to new interpretations and effectively shift their meaning as signifiers. The transitory nature of meaning, uncertainty, nomadism, and geographic and semantic uprooting are central elements to Meditation/Mediation.

Meditation/Mediation: Achille Bonito Oliva, July 8, 2003, Rome Italy

Meditation/Mediation: Marina Markovic, July 1, 2012, Jamaica Bay, Brooklyn, New York, 
Photo credit: John Knowles


(Stanford, California, 1966). Daniel Rothbart’s work explores the relationship between nature, urban postmodern identity and metaphysics. Rothbart holds a B.F.A. from the Rhode Island School of Design, an M.F.A. from Columbia University and held a Fulbright grant to Naples, Italy in 1990. During his Neapolitan sojourn, Rothbart produced seminal vessel sculptures inspired by a Kabbalistic creation story. This work later evolved into Meditation/Mediation, an ongoing conceptual project of collaborative performance vignettes by invited participants who intervene with Rothbart’s vessel sculptures in a manner of their own choosing. Daniel Rothbart’s work consists of objects and environments that interpret branchings and growth forms in nature and their relationship to industrialized structures of the urban landscape.  Rothbart’s work also explores American cultural identity, Hollywood and transmutation of meaning through digital collages inhabited by his sculpture.

In 2007, Daniel Rothbart exhibited in OPEN10 with a floating sculptural installation in Venice, Italy. Recent projects include exhibitions at the Andrea Meislin Gallery, Exit Art and the LAB Gallery in New York and the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art in Peekskill.  Recent European exhibitions include projects at the Galerie Depardieu in Nice, France, the Galleria Il Ponte in Florence, Italy, and the Cultural Centre of Belgrade in Serbia. He has participated in numerous international artists’ residencies and was awarded a New York Foundation for the Arts grant. Rothbart is the author of ‘Jewish Metaphysics As Generative Principle in American Art’ and ‘The Phoenix.’  His work is also the subject of a monograph by Enrico Pedrini published in 2010 by Ulisse e Calipso of Naples, Italy. Recent and forthcoming projects include “Citydrift” in New York curated by Kóan Jeff Baysa, OPEN15 curated by Paolo de Grandis in Venice, Italy, “Enter,” the CR10 inaugural exhibition curated by Francine Hunter McGivern in Linlithgo, New York, and “Everything Flows, Nothing Stays The Same (For Enrico Pedrini),” curated by Wolfgang Becker in the city of Aachen, Germany.  Rothbart’s work can be found in public and private collections including the Museum of Modern Art in New York.