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Dawn Ertl

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Otis College of Art and Design, 2009, BFA
Cal State University, Long Beach, 2015, MFA

sculpture, conceptual, fiber installation, fibers/plastics mixed-media


Radius of Action, was a term coined during World War II from the expression “The Point of No Return.” This term was employed to describe the maximum distance a military vehicle could travel in order to still have enough fuel in reserve to return to home base. Built into this concept is a systematic approach that accounts for available resources and factors in sustainable limits. The works in this exhibition are guided by a similar ethos, in many ways our industrial consumer society is at a critical point were there is no going back, we need to figure out a new plan to survive and sustain life. 

This exhibition features two different weaving installations, each dealing with our relationships to one another and the environments we inhabit. I am using music notations and captured weather data as variables to make systems coded for the loom. While making each piece, I introduce a multitude of human byproducts and actions to disrupt the natural progression of the process of weaving. The two installations are meant to create a sense of tension and contrast between one another, for instance one installation has a gestural or aggressive presence while the other has a contemplative or calming effect.

Recent Exhibits

Dawn Ertl participated in these exhibits:

Aug, 2016 Thread
El Camino College Art Gallery
Oct, 2015 Fiberlicious
Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Park (LAMAG)
Oct, 2015 Fiberlicious
Barnsdall Art Park
Aug, 2015 Abstracted Visions: Information Mapping from Mystic Diagrams to Data Visualizations
Cerritos College Art Gallery
Aug, 2014 GLAMFA 2014
CSULB Art Department Galleries
Sep, 2013 PUSH & flow
Manhattan Beach Art Center
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