The premiere of new works by Toronto artist Jason Dunda will showcase an exciting new series of drawings entitled “No substantial advantage to mankind”.In his new gouache drawings, Jason Dunda blends landscape and figuration to construct worlds populated by anthropomorphic geography. “No substantial advantage to mankind” is a direct quote by Edward Hicks, a self- trained 19th-century Quaker sign painter who created sixty-one versions of the Peaceable Kingdom in his lifetime. Dunda uses near-facts as a springboard to conjure the imagery and implied narratives in his gouache paintings. He whimsically investigates the absurdity of our relationship with the natural world. Dunda is interested in our individual attempts to stabilize an environment that is in constant flux, and aims to create a strange and wonderful world in which we are foolishly powerless against our surroundings. He depicts landscapes with collections of branches, logs, tumbleweeds, traffic pylons, and scrap lumber placed in landscapes in deliberate yet purposeless tableaux. Dunda imagines these accumulations are the first attempts of posthuman installation artists, or perhaps the final attempts of the last humans, as if Jessica Stockholder were the protagonist in Cormac McCarthy’s postapocalyptic odyssey The Road.
Jason Dunda received his BA in Fine Arts from York University, Toronto and his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and currently lives and works in Chicago. Jason has previously exhibited in Toronto and Chicago