Gina Dawson: We Can’t All Have Good Taste and a Sense of Humor
April 5 – May 5, 2016
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 9, 1–5 pm
Artist Talk: Thursday, April 14, 2–4 pm
Monday – Wednesday, 10–2, Thursday 12–4
Friday, 10–1, Saturdays by Appointment
These sculptures have been made over the past two years with a variety of materials. Each starts with a shaped animal puzzle and grows from there, incorporating parts of sculptures I no longer consider good but can't throw away, random objects I acquire even though I know better, and labor-intensive new objects that I’m committed to making by hand despite the time and physical toll of making them.They explore the labor of being an artist, the desire to believe, and owning up to bad ideas. Some of us have a tribal angel lower back tattoo we were certain would always be cool. Some of us were wrong. This work is my glass half-something, situated somewhere between my desire to believe in God, aliens and Sasquatch and my first-hand knowledge that bed bugs are real.
Gina Dawson was born in Dallas, TX and lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She received a BFA from the University of North Texas and an MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She has shown in the US and abroad, with solo exhibitions in Paris and Boston as well as multiple group exhibitions in Texas, Boston, Baltimore, and New York. Her work was featured in Leanne Prain's Strange Material, and has been reviewed in the New York Times, Boston Globe, and Artforum.