Daniel Pitin: A Race of Peeping Toms

Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles

December 12, 2020 – January 30, 2021

Daniel Pitín: A Race of Peeping Toms
Installation View
Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles, 2020

Daniel Pitín: A Race of Peeping Toms
Installation View
Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles, 2020

Daniel Pitín: A Race of Peeping Toms
Installation View
Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles, 2020

Daniel Pitín: A Race of Peeping Toms
Installation View
Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles, 2020

Daniel Pitín: A Race of Peeping Toms
Installation View
Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles, 2020

Daniel Pitín: A Race of Peeping Toms
Installation View
Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles, 2020

Daniel Pitín: A Race of Peeping Toms
Installation View
Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles, 2020

Daniel Pitín: A Race of Peeping Toms
Installation View
Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles, 2020

Daniel Pitín: A Race of Peeping Toms
Installation View
Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles, 2020

Daniel Pitín: A Race of Peeping Toms
Installation View
Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles, 2020

Daniel Pitín: A Race of Peeping Toms
Installation View
Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles, 2020

Daniel Pitín: A Race of Peeping Toms
Installation View
Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles, 2020

Daniel Pitín: A Race of Peeping Toms
Installation View
Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles, 2020

Daniel Pitín: A Race of Peeping Toms
Installation View
Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles, 2020

Daniel Pitín: A Race of Peeping Toms
Installation View
Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles, 2020

Daniel Pitín: A Race of Peeping Toms
Installation View
Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles, 2020

Daniel Pitín: A Race of Peeping Toms
Installation View
Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles, 2020

Daniel Pitín: A Race of Peeping Toms
Installation View
Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles, 2020

Daniel Pitín: A Race of Peeping Toms
Installation View
Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles, 2020

Daniel Pitín: A Race of Peeping Toms
Installation View
Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles, 2020

Daniel Pitín: A Race of Peeping Toms
Installation View
Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles, 2020

Daniel Pitín: A Race of Peeping Toms
Installation View
Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles, 2020

Daniel Pitín: A Race of Peeping Toms
Installation View
Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles, 2020

Daniel Pitín: A Race of Peeping Toms
Installation View
Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles, 2020

Daniel Pitín: A Race of Peeping Toms
Installation View
Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles, 2020

Daniel Pitín: A Race of Peeping Toms
Installation View
Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles, 2020

Daniel Pitín: A Race of Peeping Toms
Installation View
Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles, 2020

Daniel Pitín: A Race of Peeping Toms
Installation View
Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles, 2020

Daniel Pitín
Ocular, 2020
oil, acrylic, and glued paper on canvas
55.1 x 78.7 in
140 x 200 cm

Daniel Pitín
Ocular, 2020
(detail view)

Daniel Pitín
Swimming, 2020
oil, acrylic, and glued paper on canvas
67 x 86.6 in
170 x 220 cm

Daniel Pitín
Closing Doors, 2020
oil, acrylic, and glued paper on canvas
59 x 70.9 in
150 x 180 cm

Daniel Pitín
Closing Doors, 2020
(detail view)

Daniel Pitín
Closing Doors, 2020
(detail view)

Daniel Pitín
Birds, 2017
oil on canvas
61 x 90.5 in
155 x 230 cm

Daniel Pitín
Birds, 2017
(detail view)

Daniel Pitín
Swimming Pool, 2019
oil on canvas
70.8 x 90.5 in
180 x 230 cm

Daniel Pitín
Swimming Pool, 2019
(detail view)

Daniel Pitín
Swimming Pool, 2019
(detail view)

Daniel Pitín
Swimming Pool, 2019
(detail view)

Daniel Pitín
Goldfinger, 2019
oil, acrylic, and glued paper on canvas
78.75 x 78.75 in.
200 x 200 cm

Daniel Pitín
Goldfinger, 2019
(detail view)

Daniel Pitín
Window, 2020
oil, acrylic, and glued paper on canvas
78.7 x 59 in.
200 x 150 cm

Daniel Pitín
Taxi Driver, 2020
oil, acrylic, and glued paper on canvas
59.5 x 51.2 in
151 x 130 cm

Daniel Pitín
Taxi Driver, 2020
(detail view)

Daniel Pitín
Lily, 2020
oil, acrylic, and glued paper on canvas
78.7 x 63 in
200 x 160 cm

Daniel Pitín
Lily, 2020
(detail view)

Daniel Pitín
Phone Call, 2019
oil, acrylic, and glued paper on canvas
78.75 x 70.9 in.
200 x 180 cm

Daniel Pitín
Phone Call, 2019
(detail view)

Daniel Pitín
Still Life, 2020
oil, acrylic, and glued paper on canvas
24.4 x 18.1 in
62 x 46 cm

Daniel Pitín
Still Life, 2020
(detail view)

Daniel Pitín
Bladder Cherry, 2020
oil, acrylic, and glued paper on canvas
21.7 x 25.6 in
55 x 65 cm

Daniel Pitín
Bladder Cherry, 2020
(detail view)

Daniel Pitín
Flying Nurse, 2020
oil, acrylic, and glued paper on canvas
26.4 x 32.6 in
67 x 83 cm

Daniel Pitín
Flying Nurse, 2020
(detail view)

Daniel Pitín
Sunflowers 2, 2020
oil and collage on canvas
28 x 25.2 in
71 x 64 cm

Daniel Pitín
Lovers, 2020
oil, acrylic, and glued paper on canvas
18.9 x 16.5 in.
48 x 42 cm

Daniel Pitín
Lovers, 2020
(detail view)

Daniel Pitín
Broken Windows, 2019
digital video; 6:36 min.
Direction and animation: Daniel Pitín
Sound: Džian Baban

Daniel Pitín
Rotations, 2019
2X HD video projection; 2X Stereo sound; 7:28 min.
Direction: Daniel Pitín
3D design: Ondrej Elijášek
Special effects: Ondrej Elijášek, Daniel Pitín, Magdaléna Kašparová, Michal Jahn
Sound design: Džian Baban
Sound: Džian Baban, Michal Jahn

Press Release

Daniel Pitín thrives in expectation, it is a color in his pallette. He knows we know the fictional characters that populate his canvases via cultural osmosis, that we’re familiar with the archetypes. Even if one has never seen the films portrayed within Pitín’s work, he inherently understands the inferred relations within each piece: Grace Kelly is humoring the overactive imagination of a hobbled James Stewart, Robert DeNiro is asking you talkin’ to me?

 

While Pitín’s primary reference points are classic Hollywood, both his filmic and painted compositions are constructed and choreographed more like sets on theater stages, which in turn recall the early pages of western art history—there’s as much Velásquez in the underpainting as there is Hitchcock on the surface. Each frame is a window positioned with a view towards pending drama. Pitín’s upbringing in communist Czechoslovakia familiarized him with constant outside surveillance from an early age, and the capitalist, post 9-11 iPhone generation has only upgraded this awareness. The architecture of each of his scenes is a constant reminder that his viewer is not dissimilar from a chair-bound James Stewart in Rear Window, voyeuristically waiting for something to happen, while simultaneously reminding us that someone is always watching. 

 

A coming detonation is implicit in each work. Every hue, every brushstroke, every negative space is one of Chekhov’s guns. His scenes thrive in these pregnant moments before the explosion, teasing-out the irony that his audience knows those voids will be filled when they least expect it. 

Daniel Pitín (b. 1977, Prague, Czechoslovakia) is a leading figure among the generation of artists to have emerged since the fall of communism in Central and Eastern Europe. He received his education from the Academy of Fine Arts, Prague, Czech Republic in 2001, and continues to live and work in Prague. Recent exhibitions include A Race of Peeping Toms, Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles (2020, solo); A Paper Tower, Galerie Rudolfinum, Prague (2019, solo); Formal Encounters, Galeria Nicodim, Bucharest (2018); Broken Windows, House of Art, České Budejovice (2018, solo); Grotto, Charim Gallery, Vienna (2018, solo); Crystal Gardens, GRIMM, Amsterdam (2017, solo); The Mechanical Flowers, Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles (2017, solo). Pitín is collected by the the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Knoxville Museum of Art, and his solo institutional exhibitions include Cover Story, Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art (2012); and After the Fall, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill, NY and the Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville, TN (2011).