9 May - 5 June 2008
Lemmings is a personal comment on the current situation of conflict and fear being faced by society. These military figurines are engaged on a long march, as per orders, onwards on an upwards spiral, passing repetitive landscapes, towards an inevitable impending doom.
Dorall’s current art practice is informed by his fascination with the formal properties and possibilities of creating miniature maze-like constructions. Dorall’s interest lies in employing the maze as the conceptual medium of his artwork. The maze represents a constructed space stripped of its functional value. It is in this space that the figures in his work seek some form of resolution. The theme of his work therefore suggests self-exploration, memory, mythical/historical enactments, allowing various layers of human dramas, foibles and strength, comedy and pathos, to take place.
Daniel Dorall completed a Bachelor of Architecture at the University of Melbourne in 2005 having previously earned a Bachelor of Science in Architecture with honours at the University of Malaya in 2002. He held his first one-person exhibition Maze at the George Paton Gallery in 2005 and was awarded the University of Melbourne Student Union arts grant. Since then he has held solo exhibitions in Melbourne including Lemmings at Mailbox 141, Corridor at Red Gallery and Slide at Gertrude Street Contemporary Art Space. Recent group exhibitions include Artefact at Melbourne City Museum, Size Matters at Albury Regional Art Gallery, Something Old Something New: The Sculpture Show at John Buckley Gallery, Behind the Scenes at the Museum at Yarra Sculpture Gallery and Small World at Blindside A.R.I. He is currently undertaking the Master of Fine Art in sculpture at Monash University.
Daniel Dorall is represented by Dianne Tanzer Gallery and will be having his solo show there in September 2008.