Daniel Silver

25 Jul 2019 — 11 Jan 2020

Exhibition overview

Located on the ground floor of the London Mithraeum, Bloomberg SPACE aims to showcase the best in contemporary art whilst bringing fresh perspectives to the history of this unique site.

Our second commission of 2019 was Human Activity by Daniel Silver, a set of monumental, figurative works that spoke to Silver’s fascination with the psychology and history of sculpture-making as well as his profound interest in ancient cultures and archaeology.

Daniel Silver’s practice is deeply influenced by the art of the classical world, Modernist sculpture, and psychoanalytic theory. Using natural materials such as bronze, marble, wood and clay, Silver’s works often appear as monuments or totems, as if belonging to an archaeological excavation.

Silver’s installation for London Mithraeum Bloomberg SPACE created a surprisingly intimate encounter between the viewer and the artwork. Here, one met these huge, uncanny forms which spoke of the past but were very much of the present. Adding to this sense of temporal blur, Silver also applied the same colour used in the gallery’s artefact display case to the surrounding walls – creating an apparent archaeological context for the works. Beneath one’s feet, the Temple of Mithras acted as a constant dreamlike space between then and now.

Daniel Silver
b. 1972, London

Daniel Silver was born in London in 1972. He studied at the Slade School of Fine Art and The Royal College of Art. His work was the subject of a major solo exhibition at The New Art Gallery Walsall earlier this year. Recent group exhibitions include Bumped Bodies, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London and Loss, Hydra School Projects, Hydra, Greece.

Bloomberg SPACE

A series of contemporary art commissions responding to the site’s rich archaeological history.