We had the good fortune of connecting with Daniel Kersh and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Daniel, can you talk to us a bit about the social impact of your business?
Studio Daniel Kersh offers art induced meditative experiences to the world as opportunities for deep looking and conscious insight. We believe that experiencing art liberates us from habitual ways of thinking and patterns of perception. Our work acts as an invitation for active participation by viewers to engage in art induced meditation, dreaming, hallucination, and contemplation. Our vision is to create art experiences globally that connect us to the depths of our human experience in order to embrace the preciousness of life. This extends the capacity of our innate human potential as part of our journey to heal, transform, and liberate ourselves, our communities, our humanity, and our planet. 

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I founded Studio Daniel Kersh in 2020 as a collaborative studio for my experimental practice in contemporary art and performance. We are prioritizing investigative practices and research as we deep dive into the outer limits of technology and our human experience. I use Artificial Intelligence as a tool and collaborator to construct abstract works of art. I have started calling this medium Generative Abstraction. What sets Generative Abstraction apart from human generated forms of abstract art, is the combination of hyper-realism and deep abstraction within the same image. It is the combination of ambiguity and realism, unique to Generative Abstraction, that makes the art viewing experience so engaging! We’re exploring conditions of consciousness, perception, and sensation, inviting active participation for viewers to engage in art induced meditative experiences. By creating a gateway of imagery that gives access to inquiry and liberation, the function of my artwork is to produce the presence of one’s true self, to relieve suffering, and to induce the practice of deep looking for discovery. I am incredibly proud to be launching this studio next month (January 2021)! It has been an incredibly difficult, yet rewarding journey. I have had to stand face to face with my deepest fears, doubts, and self-limiting factors. Every day I must practice in healing and transforming mental obstacles, past trauma, and internal entanglements that stand to keep me from being able to serve the people I care so deeply about. It has been difficult work, but it has also brought me more intense joy than I even know how to handle! This project was only made possible by the disruption caused by the pandemic. It gave me the time and space to build something that really reflected my deepest desires in life both for my work and life as a human being. Seeing this vision come to life after years of dreaming of the possibilities and many months of daily work has truly been a dream come true. I am so grateful to be surrounded by support, energy, and love as I continue this journey through my work.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
The top of Camelback mountain to get an aerial view of the landscape and sky. I am so deeply inspired by the skies of our Arizona desert. I have always felt such awe and wonder watching the sunrises and sunsets over the geography, With such little cloud cover on most days, the light pours across the city, soaking the landscape with color. The sunsets are particularly beautiful as well painting wildly colorful gradients across the sky, you can really feel the power of all that heat, warmth, and energy wiping away, slipping into the night.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’d like to dedicate my shoutout to one of my mentors, Robert Wierzel. He taught me to never stop learning and to read, listen, watch, and experience everything I could get my hands on. To follow my interests and curiosities, but to not be limited by narrowing my experiences and research to any one topic. Most importantly, he taught me how studying and experiencing anything will inform everything.

Website: studiodanielkersh.com
Email: info@studiodanielkersh.com
Instagram: @danielkersh
Facebook: @studiodanielkersh
Youtube: Studio Daniel Kersh

Image Credits
Raul & Beatriz Valverde On White Wall, inc.

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