ART PRACTICAL / DAN PAZ: the sun never knew how great it was until it struck the side of a building

Dan Paz.  Credits , 2019; video; installation view,  The sun never knew how great it was until it struck the side of a building , HOLDING Contemporary. Courtesy of HOLDING Contemporary, Portland. Image by Mario Gallucci

Dan Paz. Credits, 2019; video; installation view, The sun never knew how great it was until it struck the side of a building, HOLDING Contemporary. Courtesy of HOLDING Contemporary, Portland. Image by Mario Gallucci

There is a direct correlation between race, poverty, and imprisonment; surveillance and national educational frameworks play a role in eliciting the behaviors they supposedly seek to prevent. Ultimately, the video and sculptural works in Paz’s exhibition meditate on the buildings where society has placed its youths at a formative time in their lives. These buildings and questions surrounding the modes of community support they advertise lie at the heart of contemporary criticism for our prisons and schools alike.

-James Knowlton for Art Practical