Dhiren Dasu, under his moniker Shapeshifter7, has been making art since 1996. He works in photography, collage, film, animation, drawing, poetry and music. He makes artworks that echo and recompose the architectural spaces he photographs, turning them into immersive spaces while exploring the nexus of photography, collage, symbols, and perception.
His early works were published in the seminal San Francisco/Tokyo culture and lifestyle publication:
Zavtone: Magazine for digital age of new future, spacey & dance.
In collaboration with artist Jan Lange, Dasu animated and creative directed a series of short films for Martin Lawrence Galleries. Animations were of works by Takashi Murakami, Salvador Dali, Mark Kostabi, Kerry Hallam, Robert Deyber, Philippe Bertho, and Douglas Hoffman.
He has worked with surrealist feminist artist Penny Slinger since 2000 on animation, sculpture, film, installations and music. He has collaborated with legendary pop artist Derek Boshier on films, animations, books, and NFTs.
Notable collaborative works with Penny Slinger include:
The audio installation, Timepiece, at the Institute of Contemporary Art, London.
The scenography for the 2019 Autumn/Winter show for Christian Dior Couture in Paris. Dasu worked with Slinger on creating the photographic collages, sculptures, prints, and design elements for the show.
He worked with award winning filmmaker Richard Kovitch on sound and filming for the documentary film: Penny Slinger—Out of the Shadows which was a jury selection at the Newport Beach Film Festival and Raindance Film Festival–London, with showings at the ICA–London and Tate St. Ives.
He was the director of animation for An Exorcism—The Works, a collage film directed by Penny Slinger that premiered as part of Blum & Poe Gallery’s Broadcast series.
He was a contributor to the XR panel for The Art Newspaper and reviewed VR, AR and immersive digital fine arts.
His project titled Simulacre is a synthesis of his photography practice, collage and character design. He is developing an immersive presentation of this body of work for augmented reality, virtual reality and dome theaters.
He is currently the Artist In Residence at LemonTree Studios in Los Angeles.
Dasu lives and works in downtown Los Angeles, California.
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