I have teamed with my long-time collaborator, renowned lighting designer Howard Brandston, to develop a dramatic lighting installation for Jefferson Street in downtown Syracuse, NY. It is based on work we began to develop ten years before while creating a temporary installation for the City of Cork in the Republic of Ireland during its celebration as the European Capital of 2005. The present installation is larger, more complex, and more fully realized as a new paradigm for urban street lighting. It is sponsored by Syracuse University with the support of New York State, the building owners adjacent to the site, and the City of Syracuse. Our task is to attract pedestrians to stroll and join the evening street-life from City Hall at Columbus Circle to Armory Square.
Our long-term aim is to eliminate existing streetlights designed to illuminate roadways. Rather, we put our focus on illuminating the walkways, storefronts and landscaping. In doing this we create a safer, more appealing environment for the city to become a comfortable “living” space.
2012 Invited contributor to Antwerp's Royal Academy of Fine Arts jubilee folio celebrating its 350th anniversary
2011 Blythedale Children's Hospital Installation for interior garden Valhalla NY
2010 NJ Transit Meadowlands Rail Station NJ Transit and NJ Sports and Exposition Authority Giants Stadium, NJ unrealized project
2009 Arthur Squre Sculpture Commission Government of Northern Ireland Department for Social Development Belfast, NI permanent installation
2005-2007 Tobin Street Redesign with HM Brandston & Partners Triskel Arts Centre & City of Cork Ireland permanent installation
2003 M7 National Roads Authority Kildare County Council Kildare Co Ireland permanent installation
2002 N25 National Roads Authority Wexford County Council Wexford Co Ireland permanent installation
1999 MTA Brighton Line Brighton Beach Station New York City permanent installation
1996 DVT Dance Urban Artworks Pace University New York City set design
1990 New Jersey Department of Motor Vehicle Services Southampton NJ permanent installation
1990 MBTA Orange Line Forest Hills Station Boston permanent installation
2013 Industrialism Artfactory Patterson, NJ Matthew Gosser curator
2010 Artpark University of Buffalo Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
2003 Byrdcliffe Centennial Exhibition, Woodstock, NY
1997 Artists Choice Lake George Arts Project, Lake George, NY
1988 On Site/New England: Public Art in Perspective Bank of Boston Gallery
1988 Dan George: Sites and Sequences Lake George Arts Project Lake George NY exhibition Susan Cooke curator catalog
1986 Sculpture by Dan George Children's Museum of Manhattan, NYC
1984 Installation Penn Treaty Park Port of Philadelphia
1983 Installation Columbus Circle, Department of Cultural Affairs, New York City
1982 Artpark Lewiston, NY major project catalog
1981 PS 1 Institute for Art and Urban Resources Long Island City, NY
Selected Grants and Residencies
2005 Crossing Waters Boomerang Theater Company Cork Ireland international multi-disciplinary invitational residency
2004 Public Art Symposium Triskel Arts Centre Cork Ireland featured speaker Going Public
1991 Resident Fellow The Hambidge Center Rabun Gap Georgia
1985 Artist-in-Residence Children's Museum of Manhattan, NYC
1983 & 1984 New York Foundation for the Arts grants
1983 Artist-in-Residence Artpark Lewiston, NY
1980 Visiting Guest Artist Clayworks, New York City
2006 Folklore volume 117 number 1 April 2006 cover photograph International Journal of The Folklore Society London, UK
1996 Jennifer Dunning 4 Women, a Garden, Speeches and Gossip, New York Times, August 27 1996 p C 13
1995 Oscar Riera Ojeda (ed) Hariri & Hariri with essays by Kenneth Frampton and Steven Holl Monacelli Press 1995
1994 Myrna Margulies Breitbart; Pamela Worden; Creating a Sense of Purpose: Public Art and Boston Orange Line Places Journal volume 9 number 2 Summer 1994 pp 80-86
1993 Craig Harris (editor) The Leonardo Almanac MIT Press 1993 p11
1993 Marty Carlock A Guide to Public Art in Greater Boston Harvard Common Press revised 1993 p 116
1991 Carol Vogel Material Matters New York Times Magazine January 6 1991 pp 48-49
1988 Susan Cooke Dan George: Sites and Sequences exhibition catalog Lake George Arts Project Lake George NY
1986 Dan George Sculpture Approaching the Speed of Light Leonardo volume 19 number 3 1986 pp 117-121
1983 Edward J Sozanski Art/Architecture Philadelphia Inquirer August 12 1984 p 55
1981 William Kennedy O Albany Viking Press 1983 p 174
1981 Ronny H Cohen Reviews Artforum vol XXl no 4 Dec 1982 p82
1979 John Ashbury Go Tell it on the Mountain New York Magazine August 28 1979 pp 83-84
1972-1973 Henry Schnakenberg Merit Scholar Arts Students League
1970-1971 Koning Academie v Shone Kunsten Antwerp Advanced Sculpture
1968-1973 Arts Students League of New York Merit Scholar
BA SUNY Albany political theory
Columbia University School of Engineering digital design classes
My primary consideration is to energize the site while mediating and integrating the space between human scale and architectural scale.
Color, the speed and movement of cinema, and images that stimulate the imagination have long been the means for bringing the viewers of my work more deeply into the realm of their imagination. The imagery used in these works hovers between illustrated reality and the abstract. This allows viewers to discover their own imagery, meaning, and understanding of the work, to gain the personal richness of emotional and intellectual complexity.
A couple of examples:
-Race of the black Pig presents a highly colored sequential work. Images transform, morphing from one to another.
- wing >leaf > oak tree > pinwheel > horse legs-- these are arrayed upon the structure of St. Bridget’s cross.
-Spirit of Belfast engages images from the site’s history while respecting the circular flow of pedestrian traffic and not obscuring sightlines along the streets.
- concertina razor wire > four arcs evolving from closed to open describe the change in community relationships.