SACI Alumnus, Daniel Dallabrida (2007-08) gives talk at his exhibition at Anderson Ranch Arts Center: February 26, 2015


Daniel Dallabrida: Building the Noble Ruin

Anderson Ranch Arts Center – Snowmass Village, CO

February 2-27, 2015

Artist Reception/Talk: Thursday, February 26, 2015 from 5 – 7 pm

“We celebrate ruins because they offer a doorway into the past.  If we use our imaginations to supply the missing elements, we can step into a majesty which once was. We can experience a brief and shining moment, a whisp of fleeting glory without the knowledge of what comes next. Standing among the ruins we know that out of them rises a nobility that could not have been realized otherwise. Ruins simultaneously share the past, present and future.”  – Daniel Dallabrida

Exploring a dramatic interplay between ceramic, projection, photography and painting Dallabrida shares two related bodies of work.  In each, he applies and excavates layers of material to uncover the nobility that rises from ruin. Building the Noble Ruin is on view through February 27, 2015.

An artist reception/talk will be held Thursday, February 26, 2015 from 5 – 7 p.m.

There will also be a special reception in association with AspenOut, a non-profit that provides support and services to the Roaring Fork Valley’s diverse LBGT population. The AspenOut reception will be held on Friday, February 27 from 5:30 — 8 p.m. Refreshments provided.

With the series Upon Reflection, Dallabrida starts with found and iconic photographs from the gay community’s Golden Age—a brilliant flash of deliverance, impunity, sovereignty and immunity that characterized San Francisco before it was devastated by AIDS. With installation and projection Dallabrida pulls the essence of these historic images into the present using a manipulative technique he calls “Sympathetic Photoshop.”

The Ruins series starts with the creation of multi-layered ceramic tablets offering  a personal language of symbols and textures. Dallabrida then uses high resolution, macroscopic photography to pull us deep into the ceramic, presenting an intimate new geography for the viewer to investigate. Both the ceramic tablets and photographic details are on display.

Speaking to each other, the works presented in Building the Noble Ruin consider the characteristics of nobility as well as the metaphoric and very real aspects of ruin.

“What is a noble ruin?” Dallabrida says. “Every morning when I shave I greet my noble ruin. My most honest memoir.”

Ruins and Upon Reflection were initiated during Dallabrida’s time as an artist-in-residence at Anderson Ranch in the fall of 2012. 

Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass Village, CA celebrates artists, art-making, critical dialog and community. For more information on programs, call 970.923.3181, email, or visit the website

Daniele Dallabrida

Daniel is introducing his new website and invites new subscribers. Check it out:

See images from his exhibition here.

At SACI: Studio Art Centers International Florence there were many fine instructors who helped me find my way forward and who taught me that my best path was made by walking. – Daniel Dallabrida

About SACI

SACI is a US non-profit College of Art and Design in Florence, Italy, for undergraduate and graduate students seeking accredited instruction in studio art, design, conservation, art history, and Italian language and culture. Founded in 1975, SACI offers the following programs: Academic Semester/Year Abroad, Summer Studies, Venice Summer Program, Post-Bac in Conservation, MFA in Studio Art, MA in Art History.

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