A name can tell you a lot about a person, like presumed ethnic background, preference for formality, and whether or not their parents hate them enough to name them Elbert. Telling you a lot about the art he's making, Daniel Danger.
Comfortably nestled in the sticks of rural western Mass, Leverett-based DD is an illustrator/printmaker whose intricately drawn line of ominous dusk/night-set screen prints and band/movie/TV posters reflect his "perfectly healthy obsession with ghosts, crashed ambulances, art theft, elk, and nurses", (Danger's his last name, his middle's Charlie Sheen). Recent prints include the five-color silkscreen "I didn't hear you arrive, I didn't hear you go" (an eerie red-skied scene that depicts a giant black ephemeral figure marching through a desolate rural townscape), the green/yellow/black, "Has thou slain the jabberwock?" portraying a massive human figure over a tiny sword-wielding ghost girl in a silhouetted forest, and a black/blue wide-angle nightime Fenway print diptych, which comes from the Greek for "two-fold" and the American for "Google it". Movie and gig posters include an elaborately detailed purple print of a quiet neighborhood street for the band Why's 2009 US tour, and "Jacob's Cabin", a dark scene from LOST where a flashlight toting Locke approaches a cabin above the words, "And that's why the hand is shaking. Because this is not a man you go and see, this is a man who summons you", and then... you go see him.
Other eye-stimulating prints include a Mogwai at the Wilbur Theater poster featuring a smoke-plumed overturned car on fire; a red/black Sonic Youth pic of two rural radio towers; and a 24x24-inch blue scene entitled "I came to know an archer", reminiscent of Wyeth's famous "Christina's World" but with an archer atop the lonely farmhouse shooting at approaching figures, an act that tells you a lot about the emotional impact of being named Elbert.
Published: March 16, 2010 at 4:00am EDT
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