Danny First

These imaginary portraits consist of subtle variations on a pared down face: two holes for eyes, a nose, and a horizontal line for a mouth. By slightly altering the arrangement of these four elements, the subjects of First’s work each take on their own personality. Their blank gaze is haunting and uncanny. Each of these characters is a little pathetic, which makes them all the more human. By working with such a strict visual language, First leaves room for the viewer to recognize himself in the sculptures.