MSAC Individual Artist Award (IAA)2019
Artist StatementMy 'Sequences' painting series began with an investigation into the interaction of varied patterns across a pictorial field as they go in and out of phase. Simple geometric shapes stand as place-holders for points on a gridded, two-dimensional plane. By setting parameters limiting the set of coordinates for forms to reside I'm able to counter my own compositional defaults and to inject a mechanized logic into the pictures. The resulting paintings carry affinities with patterned textile production and Cartesian mapping. Recently, I've applied this systematic, repetitive approach to composition and mechanized, depersonalized paint handling to representations of the natural landscape in an effort to conflate an experience of reading and 'being in' an image. M
Brian Michael Dunn investigates pictorial abstraction through patterned landscape paintings
and relief paintings of everyday objects. Born in Milwaukee, WI, Dunn received a Bachelor of
Fine Art in Painting from Boston University and a Masters of Fine Art from Cornell University.
Dunn is a current Hamiltonian Artists Fellow and was awarded a Mid-Atlantic Arts Council
Fellowship to attend the Millay Residency, a Pollack-Krasner Fellowship to attend the Byrdcliffe
Residency and the Ellen Stoeckel-Battel Fellowship to attend the Yale-Norfolk Summer
Program. Dunn’s work has been exhibited in galleries across the region including Hamiltonian
Gallery (DC), Terrault (Baltimore), Nudashank (Baltimore), School 33 (Baltimore), Automat
(Philadelphia), Woskobb Family Gallery (State College, PA) Fjord (Philadelphia), Creative Arts
Workshop (New Haven), Gary Snyder Project Space (NYC), Fordham University Lipani Gallery
(NYC), Hundred Forsyth (NYC), Public Address Gallery (NYC) and Ventana244 (NYC).