Utah-based artist and professor Daniel Everett has a BFA in photography from Brigham Young and a master’s from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. But the most significant impact on his artistic practice had an internship Daniel did with Edward Burtynsky. After traveling with him for just over a year, Everett got interested in the in-between places that they passed: empty, transitory spaces like subway systems, airports, parking garages, and hotels – areas, where function governs the aesthetics.
Daniel Everett's work draws a thin line between sculpture and photography, reflecting the artist's interested in how a photograph changes when treated as a sculptural object and likewise, how the understanding of a sculpture changes when reduced to two dimensions.
As Daniel said in one of his interviews: "One of the advantages of working digitally, is the ability to endlessly revisit and revise work without ever having to commit ultimately. So even after something has been publicly exhibited in a particular form, I’m still open to letting it evolve and exist simultaneously in multiple states."
In his shows, Daniel presents photography, sculpture, video, and installation elements together, making their interaction an important part of the project. "Despite the differences in medium, everything I do comes from the same place conceptually, and it makes sense to me to bring them all into dialogue. When preparing an exhibition, I’m constructing a kind of constellation – using the individual pieces as building blocks to organize something new that functions singularly. In that situation, I’m very interested in questions of materiality and scale and the reciprocal relationships between pieces."