Danny Volk Studio

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

STUDIO NOTE: Raw clay vessels


About a month ago I was preparing my garden for the summer at my mom’s house where I live with her, her brother, her 17 year old dog and my 15 year old dog (who passed away last week.) While working in the garden I found a large deposit of raw clay. I removed some of it, processed it, and now am beginning to work with it. This is a new material in my investigation of this house and the relationships within it. This new material points past the five of us who live(d) here now making me wonder about care as it relates to the history of the land on which this physical home sits.

Wednesday, June 1, 2022

WORK: Test piece for “East”

Polyethylene shopping bags, thread
43” x 30”, 2022

Monday, September 20, 2021


Ravel is an exhibition of two and three dimensional work that attracts with loose references leaving the mind to give up meaning in the pursuit of possibility. Recommended listening to accompany the viewing of the exhibition: Maurice Ravel’s BolĂ©ro.

Above image: Jeremy Burleson, Untitled (D8404), India ink on paper 13 x 19” unique 2019

Friday, May 7, 2021

WORK: The Gap Project (Documents)

 Written documentation of intimate encounters with customers at the flagship Michigan Avenue location of The Gap during the 2013 holiday season.

Sunday, May 2, 2021

WORK: Open Relationship

 Presented at The Honey Hole in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago in 2014

Curator's note:

While working as a curator at Roy Boyd Gallery in 2010, an artist's partner tried to commiserate with me when he found out I was single by saying, "It's so hard our there for a gay man."

A friend recently told me that she used my birthday to do an astrological assessment of my romantic life and found that I have such idealized views of what a relationship and partner should look like that it's very difficult for me to find love.

I offer you the work of men with whom I've dated though, for various reasons, the relationships did not work out. We forge a new relationship here with you, if you decide to include yourself. They forge a new relationship here together without you or me. You and I can come together, without them, and do our own thing. If we want. 

This exhibition is dedicated to the possibility of romance.

Flowers sent to the artist on the night of the opening.

The card reads, "Danny, I hope you find what you are looking for. ❤️"

Mickey Dunner's work above the flowers.

Mickey Dunner's Seams of an Infinite Field of Vision (2008)

Installation view of Brandon Schiflitz's work.

Brandon Schiflitz's Trashfist (date unknown)

Installation views of Chad Brown and Damien Willis' works.

Chad Brown's This Magic Moment (2000)

Video still from Damien Willis' Untitled Object (2013)

Video still from Damien Willis' Untitled Object (2013)

Video still from Damien Willis' Untitled Object (2013)

Friday, April 30, 2021

WORK: The Tomato Show


Early video work for cable access CAN-TV in Chicago, IL.


Friday, February 19, 2021

STUDIO NOTE: NS 02/18/21 19:07


We've won 6 games so far. It's surprisingly harder than it seems. To win, you have to first be very aware of your own needs and covering your own ass. But you also have to keep an eye on the other player's tokens and see where you can help them out with a block. And you have to talk. Especially you have to talk near the end. You have to say how many jacks you've got and how many eyes they have and where you need the other person's help. You talk out how together you can make this work. But even with the best communication, you still need luck.