Danny Treacy - BA Photography Associate Lecturer
Danny Treacy’s work is all about surface; the outer surfaces of clothes as an extension of the body, and the surface of the photograph as a veneer that encapsulates tension, anxiety and desire.
Treacy’s practice is to construct sculptures or object assemblages from found clothing and mysterious weather-worn garments discovered in public parking lots or cemeteries, then photograph these.
His subjects are often surrounded by a black void, to enhance the motif’s performative and theatrical qualities. In Treacy’s ongoing series Them, his interest in found apparel as an intimate connection to the original owners is amplified to extreme fantasy, inspiring his creation of characters who are fetishistically corporeal and psychologically monstrous.
Treacy’s work is regularly exhibited in the UK and internationally, featuring at major museums such as Rise Berlin, The Photographer’s Gallery (London), Blue Sky Gallery (Portland, USA), American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center (Washington DC), PhotoMuseum Antwerp and Galleria Civica di Modena (Italy).
Treacy has also received the Man Group Photography Prize in 2009, and the Inaugural Jerwood / Portfolio Photography Award in 2003.