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Chris Dacs

New York, b.1987

Chris D’Acunto AKA “Chris Dacs” has been reimagining and reinventing the space between consumerism and fine art for the better part of the early 2000’s. He has been taking charge of the Brooklyn art scene with his wide array of characters that both reflect his personal everyday life as well...

Chris D’Acunto AKA “Chris Dacs” has been reimagining and reinventing the space between consumerism and fine art for the better part of the early 2000’s. He has been taking charge of the Brooklyn art scene with his wide array of characters that both reflect his personal everyday life as well as society as a whole. Since his graduation from The School of Visual Arts, his art has entertained and challenged viewers with his vast display of graffiti-influenced neon palette portrayed in a meta-ironically dense context of packaged paintings. With these strides towards satire, Dacs manages to perplex the viewer and...

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Biography

Chris D’Acunto AKA “Chris Dacs” has been reimagining and reinventing the space between consumerism and fine art for the better part of the early 2000’s. He has been taking charge of the Brooklyn art scene with his wide array of characters that both reflect his personal everyday life as well as society as a whole. Since his graduation from The School of Visual Arts, his art has entertained and challenged viewers with his vast display of graffiti-influenced neon palette portrayed in a meta-ironically dense context of packaged paintings. With these strides towards satire, Dacs manages to perplex the viewer and force them to ask what is the value of art and contemplate on the concept of art collecting as a whole.

Chris “Dacs” D’Acunto was born in 1987 in Colchester, Connecticut to a father with a studio practice and a mother working in fashion design. He received his BFA from The School of Visual Arts in New York City, after which he attended classes at The Art Student’s League in sculpture. After graduation, his interest in design and advertising led him to work in some of the leading ad agencies in New York City such as TBWA/Chiat/Day and Saatchi & Saatchi. While working on top brands like Toyota and Johnson & Johnson he was able to hone his skills in typography, composition, and commercial art which he uses extensively in his work today.

Dacs has participated in a wide variety of art shows throughout the Brooklyn art scene specifically in Bush- wick. He has had solo shows in New York City such as The James Richards Salon Gallery (2017), Artlyngo at 33 Orchard Gallery (2017), Slag Gallery (2016) and David & Schweitzer Contemporary (2015) His work has been featured in press pieces like The Creative Bloch Magazine Issue #1 (2016) and to promote Bushwick Open Studios (2013).

Project Statement
Inspired by retail store displays, toy packaging from the 1980-90 era, cartoons from television, automatic Surrealist inspired drawings and mark making and the “collect ‘em all” mentality of contemporary art, these works combine all of these notions into one concept. With the mass commodification of the contemporary art scene, these bizarre, unique, and humorous pieces poke fun at and question the notion of art collecting.

Combining industrial packaging, raw canvas, pastel, housepaint, spraypaint, and corporate printing techniques and labeling, these pieces bring together a look of factory made mass production with a raw DIY mentality and a handmade approach. Using spray paint drips, splatters, scribbles from personal sketchbooks, doodles from day to day events and mixed media like duct tape, found objects from the barn studio and reclaimed silk screened canvas while collaging it all together on industrial insulation foam these pieces were crafted in Dacs’ 1840’s Connecticut barn studio.

Each piece is packaged in industrial polystyrene bags and assembled into large-scale retail-inspired displays. In verso reveals the entire series mimicking the idea of collecting the whole series that is so prevalent in a lot of consumer packaging with barcodes and faux legal copy. Bringing it all together are the K-Mart inspired steel welded piping used for in store displays engineered by Dacs himself and locally welded in Connecticut.

Text and Images courtesy of the artist

RELATED CATEGORIES

Art Collecting / Commodification / Consumerism / Industrial Packaging / Mixed Media / New York / Retail Inspired Displays

CURRICULUM VITAE

Education

  • 2009
    BFA, The School of Visual Arts , New York, NY

Exhibitions

  • 2017
    Packaged Paintings Series #1, James Richards Salon Gallery, New York, NY
  • Paperworks, Gary Giordano Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
  • Van Der Plas Gallery, New York, NY

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Curriculum Vitae

Educations

  • 2009
    BFA, The School of Visual Arts , New York, NY

Exhibitions

  • 2017
    Packaged Paintings Series #1, James Richards Salon Gallery, New York, NY
  • Paperworks, Gary Giordano Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
  • Van Der Plas Gallery, New York, NY
  • This is How my Mind Works Pop-Up Show, Artlyngo at 33 Orchard Street, New York, NY
  • 2016
    Slag Gallery Bloom Benefit Auction, Brooklyn, NY
  • Expressiones Group Show, New London, CT
  • Creativebloch Group Show, Brooklyn, NY
  • David & Schweitzer Contemporary Group Show, Brooklyn, NY
  • 2015
    Buy What You Love, Rema Hort Mann Foundation Group Show, New York, NY
  • Making History, Storefront Ten Eyck, Brooklyn, NY
  • Lorimoto Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
  • Creativebloch Group Show, Brooklyn, NY
  • Bushwick Open Studio, Brooklyn, NY
  • Last Dance, The Old Gem, Brooklyn, NY
  • Centotto Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
  • Live Painting Event Chromed NYC, Brooklyn, NY
  • 2014
    Buy What You Love, Rema Hort Mann Foundation Group Show, New York, NY
  • 2013
    Bushwick Open Studio, Brooklyn, NY
  • Von Benefit Show, New York, NY
  • Buy What You Love, Rema Hort Mann Foundation Group Show, New York, NY
  • 2012
    Bushwick Open Studio, Brooklyn, NY
  • Camel Art Space Japan Tsunami Benefit, Brooklyn NY
  • 3rd Ward Group Show, Brooklyn, NY
  • Lyons Weir Gallery, New York, NY
  • Camel Art Space, Brooklyn, NY
  • Brooklyn Fireproof Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
  • Chelsea Eye Gallery, New York, NY
  • Jackson Hall Gallery, New York, NY
  • Crash Mansion, New York, NY

Grants & Awards

  • 2016
    Starry Night Residency, New Mexico

Collections

  • Timm Chiusano, Vice President, ESPN The Milo Family
  • Joseph Mccombs-Times Magazine The Rema Hort Mann Foundation
  • Masako Somogye, Collector and Dealer Dallas Athent, Writer
  • Adam Lloyd Beckerman, Creative Entrepreneur Matthew Hobby, JP Morgan Chase
  • Shinichi Doi, Metropolitan Museum of Art