Daniel Aycock, a 1993 BFA in Photography alumus, opened one of the earliest galleries in the Williamsburg area of Brooklyn over 18 years ago, the Front Room Gallery. The gallery has very recently made an exciting move to Manhattan in the Lower East Side, an area that Daniel says has become the “preeminent district for young(er) galleries in New York.”
Daniel described the early days of his gallery in the ’90s to be exciting and a time in which art was beginning to boom in the area.
“People lived in old storefronts and factories and the old industrial area was perfect for artists and performers of all kinds,” said Aycock. “There were tens of thousands of artists living in the neighborhood and it really seemed like a person could do anything they wanted to.”
After 18 years in Williamsburg, Daniel is getting used to the new space in Manhattan and has high hopes for the new location.
Rick Dingus, who taught Daniel during his time at Texas Tech, said he was very proud of the work Daniel has done since graduating and looks forward to everything he’ll do in the future.
“Daniel Aycock was a great student who was always eager to learn and experiment with new techniques and ideas that tested and challenged everyone’s expectations. His artworks were full of surprising conceptual twists and a sly sense of humor,” said Dingus. “He’s carried this same sensibility to other events and initiatives over the years, establishing Front Room Gallery and writing for Wag Mag, both in Brooklyn, NY.”