Daniel Callahan is a multimedia artist and designer. His work merges various disciplines including but not limited to music, film and video, painting, drawing, collage, animation, photography, and performance to create immersive experiences that seek to reveal that which links us to each other and our world.
His current work centers on his art technique of MassQing; a ritual painting that uses the human face as a canvas to reveal rather than conceal one’s essence and/or state of being. MassQing requires a more intimate encounter between artist, subject and viewer, and is derived from the ancient phenomena of body decoration practiced by nearly all indigenous cultures on the planet.
Callahan uses the art and ritual of MassQing as a platform to engage individuals and communities to make cross disciplinary collaborative works on the subjects of identity, communion, and change--the three core aesthetic concepts of the MassQing.
Callahan is a graduate of the UPenn School of Design, where he received the Fine Arts Chair Award for his thesis exhibit and is a 3rd-year Graduate Fellow in the MFA in Film Program at Emerson College. His work has been shown in the Museum of Fine Arts, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and the Institute of Contemporary Art and has been featured in such publications as Believer Magazine and The Bay State Banner. He is co-founder of the artist collective Fear & Fancy, a recipient of the Donor Circle for the Arts Grant, out of Oakland, CA.