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Dawn Cerny

County: King County




Fellowship Awards 2004, 2017
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Dawn Cerny is a multidisciplinary based in Seattle. Her recent works on paper and in sculpture examine the formal articulation of value and power—or lack thereof—through everyday gestures, bodily postures, and personal aesthetic choices. Corresponding physically to the body and readily personified, her monochromatic sculptural works also evoke racks, chairs, and cabinets of uncertain purpose, at once amplifying and distorting furniture’s connection to the human form. Amassed together within the gallery, they might comprise a domestic arrangement, a showroom, or a crowd of people, alone together in public space. Like Buster Keaton’s slapstick comedy—a favorite of the artist’s—Dawn’s sculptures can be seen as an absurdist response to the productive rationalism of modern times, one that both represents and is alienated from everyday life. Dawn’s work has been exhibited at many venues including Henry Art Gallery, Seattle; Or Gallery, Vancouver, BC; Night Gallery, Los Angeles; and Derk Eller Gallery, New York.

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