ARTIST SERIES

Daniel Handal, Java Rice Finch, Bubble Gum
Java Rice Finch (Bubble Gum)
Daniel Handal, Orange Headed Gouldian Finch (Lilac)
Orange-Headed Gouldian Finch (Lilac)
Daniel Handal, White Parisian Frilled Canary (Wild Strawberry)
White Parisian Frilled Canary (Wild Strawberry)
Daniel Handal, Yellow Parisian Frilled Canary (Baby Blue)
Yellow Parisian Frilled Canary (Baby Blue)
Daniel Handal, Russian Canary (Healing Aloe)
Russian Canary (Healing Aloe)
Daniel Handal, Zebra Finch (розовый)
Zebra Finch (розовый)
Daniel Handal, Gloster Fancy Canary (Tidewater)
Gloster Fancy Canary (Tidewater)
Daniel Handal, Yellow Owl Finch (Rice Cake, Looking East)
Yellow Owl Finch (Rice Cake, Looking East)
Daniel Handal, Yellow Owl Finch (Rice Cake, Looking West)
Yellow Owl Finch (Rice Cake, Looking West)
Daniel Handal, Orange Headed Lady Gouldian Finch (Ray Of Wisdom)
Orange-Headed Lady Gouldian Finch (Ray of Wisdom)
Daniel Handal, Paradise Whydah (Ray of Love)
Paradise Whydah (Ray of Love)
Daniel Handal, Yellow Factor American Singer (Hot Pink)
Yellow Factor American Singer (Hot Pink)
Daniel Handal, Yellow Parisian Frilled Canary (Acqua Santa)
Yellow Parisian Frilled Canary (Acqua Santa)
Daniel Handal, Lady Gouldian Finch Mint
Lady Gouldian Finch (Mint)
Daniel Handal, Orange Cheeked Waxbill (Whisper)
Orange-Cheeked Waxbill (Whisper)
Daniel Handal, White Parisian Frilled Canary (Cotton Candy)
White Parisian Frilled Canary (Cotton Candy)
Daniel Handal, Java Rice Finch (Sgt. Pepper)
Java Rice Finch (Sgt. Pepper)
Daniel Handal, White Zebra Finch (Tickle Me Pink)
White Zebra Finch (Tickle Me Pink)
Daniel Handal, Zebra Finch (Buttercup)
Zebra Finch (Buttercup)
Daniel Handal, Yellow American Singer (Springtime Bloom)
Yellow American Singer (Spring Bloom)
Daniel Handal, Whydah Finch, Ray of Peace
Whydah Finch (Ray of Peace)
Daniel Handal, Senegal Fire Finch, Peach Puff
Senegal Fire Finch (Peach Puff)
Daniel Handal, Atlantic Canary (Seze)
Atlantic Canary (Seze)
Daniel Handal, Atlantic Canary (Santa Monica)
Atlantic Canary (Santa Monica)
Daniel Handal, Mule (Blue Bell)
Mule (Pansy)
Daniel Handal, Owl Finch (голубой)
Owl Finch (голубой)
Daniel Handal, Cordon Bleu Finch (Spa)
Cordon Bleu Finch (Spa)
Daniel Handal, Owl Finch (Ray of Truth)
Owl Finch (Ray of Truth)
Daniel Handal, Lady Gouldian Finch (Pink Raspberry)
Lady Gouldian Finch (Pink Raspberry)
Daniel Handal, Paradise Whydah (Ray of Freedom)
Paradise Whydah (Ray of Freedom)
Daniel Handal, Cordon Bleu Finch (First Ray)
Cordon Bleu Finch (First Ray)
Daniel Handal, Yellow Red American Singer (Sixth Ray)
Yellow Red American Singer (Sixth Ray)
Daniel Handal, Orange Headed Gouldian Finch (Cerise)
Orange-Headed Gouldian Finch (Cerise)
Daniel Handal, White Parisian Frilled Canary (New Age)
White Parisian Frilled Canary (New Age)
Daniel Handal, Orange Headed Gouldian Finch (Orchid)
Orange-Headed Gouldian Finch (Orchid)
Daniel Handal, Gouldian Finch (St. Germain)
Gouldian Finch (St. Germain)
Daniel Handal, Gouldian Finch (Ray of Power)
Gouldian Finch (Ray of Power)
Daniel Handal, White American Singer (Master El Morya)
White American Singer (Master El Morya)
Daniel Handal, Society Finch (Paul the Venetian)
Society Finch (Paul The Venetian)
Daniel Handal, Cordon Bleu Finch (Lady Master Nada)
Cordon Bleu Finch (Lady Master Nada)
Daniel Handal, Cordon Bleu Finch (Clear Day)
Cordon Bleu Finch (Clear Day)

The artist writes: “This project consists of a series of bird portraits that celebrate beauty and visual pleasure. Because of their singular ability of soaring into the sky, birds are universally seen as an allegory of freedom. ‘Pajaritos’ (Small Birds) represent the landing place for my life journey and embracement of queer identity. They are also my way of transforming pretty into a statement of rebellion: the angelical beauty of canaries and finches resting on a perch in front of immaculate pastel color backgrounds are as much a statement of grace as a state of defiance.

“I was initially drawn to this idea of internal strife after seeing a painting by the Italian Renaissance Master Paolo Veronese where he portrays the ‘Temptation of St. Anthony.’ Here Veronese shows St. Anthony attacked by a muscular male demon and simultaneously seduced by the devil in the form of a beautiful woman. My favorite detail is the shape of the woman’s fingers, which resemble talons. The way she caresses St. Anthony’s palm implies that no matter what guise temptation takes, one is always able to recognize it by its sharp claw. This reminded me of the struggle with my own sexuality growing up: the fear of not being able to escape from my own self and not knowing whether I could to be true to who I was amid the pressures to conform.

“I grew up in Honduras, where ‘pajaros’ is a derogative term for gay men. With my project I embrace two cultural references: the constrictive idea that in our culture colors define gender—blue for boys, pink for girls—and the liberating realization that I can defy the expected by emphasizing the delicate beauty of birds with the flamboyant use of pastel colors. These conflicting ideas are both reconciliatory and cathartic; they are a deconstruction of gender norms.

“Photographs are printed with archival pigment inks on paper and mounted on Plexiglas. Frames are painted to match the predominant background color of each photo—the dimensions of each piece are 19 x 15 inches.”

Work by Daniel Handal

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