Portrait Studio

Assembly presents "Portrait Studio" by Daniel Gordon, a collection of portraits which span over a decade of his career, in which he photographs sculptures made with images collaged from Google image search. These assembled portraits do not depict a single person as much as they portray a collective reflection of our virtual selves. The characters blur the distinction between our lived, physical experiences and our digital, cerebral ones. As such, they articulate a new visual repertoire, one which not only celebrates the internet and appropriation, but also works to push our perception of truth to its maximum—a realm where our distinction between virtual and physical becomes full of new possibilities. As part of the blockchain, these NFT versions of Gordon’s portraits have now come full circle, navigating the shift from the beginnings of the internet to its Web 3.0 iteration.


Daniel Gordon is an American artist who lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Gordon’s work has been published in numerous monographs and he has been exhibited internationally in major art institutions, such as the Museum of Modern Art, New York and the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles. Gordon’s work has also been highlighted in several international publications including: The New York Times, The New Yorker, Frieze, Art in America, PHOTONEWS, and Flash Art. Gordon’s work is held in the permanent collections of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Pier 24, San Francisco, and Foam Museum, Amsterdam among others. (Portrait of Daniel Gordon by Andrés Altamarino)