Dan Gunn: Multistable Picture Fable

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Mystery of the Rectangle 6, 2010 Foil Paper And Spray Enamel On Plywood 54 X 28 Inches © Dan Gunn
© Courtesy of Lloyd Dobler Gallery
Dan Gunn: Multistable Picture Fable

1545 W. Division
Chicago, IL 60642
September 11th, 2010 - October 16th, 2010
Opening: September 11th, 2010 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

West Loop/West Town
Saturday: 12-5pm
mixed-media, installation, sculpture
Free and open to the public


Lloyd Dobler Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of our fall season with Multistable Picture Fable, new works by Dan Gunn. There will be an opening artists’ reception on Saturday, September 11th from 6-10pm, the exhibition continues through Saturday, October 16th. Public hours are Saturdays 12-5pm and by appointment.

Dan Gunn assembles pictures that want to engage in picture making. By collecting objects that go together he creates a series of functional, aesthetic and cultural relationships between the constituent parts. The pieces relate to the space they inhabit, helping to emphasize the importance of context to a picture’s reception. The installation for this exhibition will embody the aesthetic elements of his work, all the while reacting and changing to the space through linked paintings that continuously expand and stretch through the gallery. The work uses familiar and whimsical materials to emulate familiar devices of presentation like stage sets, billboards, architecture, furniture or altars. These shifting material relationships use the effects of light and solidity, transparency and screening, layering parts that each contribute to the overall experience of contingency in the work. Materially through the affects of light and quirky material choices the objects begin to reassert wonder as an approach to object relations. Gunn’s work is in part about how thinking, feeling subjects interact with and interpret the physical world of objects to ascribe them meaning.

Dan Gunn (b. 1980) is a painter, sculptor, writer, and curator who lives and works in Chicago. Selected group exhibitions include New Icon, Loyola University Museum of Art, Chicago, Curated by Britton Bertran sponsored by the Contemporary Art Council, 2010; NEXT Invitational Art Fair (with Lloyd Dobler Gallery), Merchandise Mart, Chicago, IL, 2010; Sweeping the Inside Out, In collaboration with Karolina Gnatowski as part of Gunnatowski, Side Car Gallery, Hammond, IN. Curated by Carl Baratta and Mike Kaysen, 2009; and Middleground, Lloyd Dobler Gallery, Chicago, 2009. Selected publications include ongoing contributions to NewCity Magazine, 2007 to present; "Artist Run Spaces: A Brief History Since 1984", Pr in conjunction with the Hyde Park Art Center's "Artists Run Chicago" exhibition, 2009; and “Body Collective” Catalogue essay for Body Collective: Works from the Collection of Jefferson Godard, Alogon Gallery, 2008.