lechatnéon

Bio: From 2008 onwards, Daniel Chagnon studied music pedagogy and professional performance at the Folkwang University of the Arts, Essen, with S. Hilker, N.Lehn, and V. Niehusmann, Advanced Music Performance Studies: Classical and Contemporary Instruments at the Escuela Superior de Música de Catalunya, Barcelona, with L. Young, and Contemporary Western Music through Non-Western Techniques, where he studied the application of South Indian rhythmic techniques to Western music, at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, with R. Reina. Together with Julian Schlitzer he formed the guitar duo Mi contra Fa, which offers a repertoire of Renaissance and Baroque music, classical, romantic, and modern pieces, flamenco, tango and jazz. In 2014 he was selected for the interdisciplinary project Feldstärke International, which took place in Germany, France, and Japan. In the same year he gave several concerts with the mezzo-soprano Diatra Zulaika, among others for the Goetheinstitut Jakarta. In addition, he writes and arranges for his band exit A head whose 2017 album VOID has won several prizes at the Global Music Awards. Apart from music, the bilingual artist is enthusiastic about learning foreign languages, learning about foreign cultures, and is generally fascinated by borders and spaces in between.

Website: http://danielchagnon.com

Instagram: @lechatneon

An almost entirely white canvas. In the middle there is a circle or sphere. Behind it is a shadow that looks an awful lot like elephant skin. There are black specks scattered trhoughout the canvas.

lesson 17 - I suck

Amber-coloured curves expand from the bottom left towards the top right. The lines are of different thickness and brightness, dispersed with darker, almost black ones. They all eventually fade into a black area that takes up roughly one sixth of the canvas.

lesson 16

In front of a pitch black background there is a red and orange, irregular structure. Its edges are fading in and out of the blackness. It has a clothlike quality to it.

lesson 15

A structure made up of countless circles. Its left half looks like painted with a broad brush, its right half more like it is knit together out of some sort of organic material. The left half is bright orange, bathed in light, the right is darker, more red and fades into black, vanishing before the circle can complete. A black triangular shadow covers the bottom left of the circle’s left half. There’s a small black triangular shadow in the top left corner as well.

lesson 14

The picture consists of three parts. A white background with a black shape on the left. A black background with a white shape on the right. Both shapes are made up of a straight line descending from the top. Their second half consists of a curved line bending leftwards and upwards at the end. Both shapes have thorny growths. Their edges aren’t clearly defined. These two areas are separated by a thick straight line descending from top to bottom at roughly one third of the canvas. This line is full of chaotic bright red, yellow, and orange, with a few black specks.

lesson 13

The picture consists of three parts. A black background with a white shape on the left. A white background with a black shape on the right. Both shapes are made up of a straight line descending from the top. Their second half consists of a curved line bending leftwards and upwards at the end. Both shapes have thorny growths. Their edges aren’t clearly defined. These two areas are separated by a thick straight line descending from top to bottom at roughly one third of the canvas. This line is full of chaotic bright red, yellow, and orange, with a few black specks.

lesson 12

Entirely white background. The foreground is made up of parallel rows consisting of parallel lines, tilting left or right alternatingly. The lines are equidistant and of different colors. The eye is drawn to focus slightly tight from the center through motion blur.

lesson 11

A greyish, vortex, spinning right. It is darkest in the bottom left getting lighter in the top right until it vanishes into white light in the top right corner. Apart from its curved lines that give it direction it seems to be made up of cloudlike structures that crack open with white light. A reddish and yellowish tint appears along their lines here and there.

lesson 10

A black swirl extends from the middle of the picture towards its edges. It is most dense in the center and towards the left. It becomes more transparent towards the other sides. The lines it is made of show more or less colorful edges, mostly leaning towards blue tones. Red, yellow and green are predominant at the bottom. The background is of a blue hue. In the foreground are six equidistant black, zeppelin-shaped bars with blue glowing edges.

lesson 9

An almost entirely white picture. Small shapes, specks and lines are dispersed regularly across it, becoming most dense at roughly one third from the left. They grow fainter towards all edges until they finally vanish. The shapes are mostly black, some with a colourful glow around their edges.

lesson 8

Three large areas make up this picture. The biggest one is white and there are two smaller, black ones. The smallest is on the left and has an irregular shape. The other one is on the right and extends outside the picture frame. The outlines have shades of different colors. Smaller, irregular shapes, like drops of water on a glass surface stretch across the whole foreground.

lesson 7

The picture is almost entirely white. Two lines, made up of irregular black spots, one horizontal, one vertical, intersect at a ninety degree angle in the bottom right. The horizontal line continues across the canvas until it eventually fades. Where that is, is impossible to decide. There’s a second vertical line descending at roughly one third on the left. It, too, dissolves into nothingness. Small, black dots of different shapes and sizes appear across the whole picture.

lesson 6

Diagonal, straight and parallel lines reminiscent of sand dunes traverse the picture from top left to bottom right. The top left corner is lit up in glaring bright light. The bottom right corner is obscured by a shadow, almost black, yet clearing up a little in the very corner.  Where the light and dark mix all kind of fluorescent colours and shades are created. On top of it all we can make out some sort of structure, like clouds and the eye of a tornado, faintly covering everything.

lesson 5

An abstract photograph. Traversing it are six straight white lines ascending from the bottom left corner towards the top right. They are separated by thicker red lines. Light seems to come through the white lines, bathing the whole image in brightness. There’s a lot of movement as a few lines are turning clockwise and creating loops.

lesson 4

We see a wooden mirror hanging on the wall. In  its glass is the reflection of a Puscifer-poster. The poster is a gradient turquoise to orange, top to bottom. The rest of the image is black and white.

lesson 3

On a marble surface we see three spheres. In the background: a dark one, inside an old ashtray, blurred, and another one with black and white stripes, only partly inside a bird shaped vase, blurred as well. The sphere in the foreground is white, in focus and inside a square ashtray made of glass, turned to face us with one of its corners. We can discern a structure, like stone. The left side of this sphere is covered in a crescent shadow.

lesson 2 - spheres

A white piece of A4 paper on top of a wooden table top takes up most of the image. Written on it by hand: "I just got my FIRST decent camera and I'm going to learn ho to operate it." Roughly half the page is bathed in golden sunlight, the other one is obscured by a shadow, running across it diagonally from the top right corner to the bottom left. The word "just" lies in a shadow coming from a slightly conical object outside the shot that logically must have an uneven oval whole its top end.

lesson 1