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APEX: Dawn Cerny | Portland Art Museum

  • Portland Art Museum, Main Building, Floor 4 1219 Southwest Park Avenue Portland, OR, 97205 United States (map)

APEX: Dawn Cerny

October 28, 2017 through February 11, 2018

Dawn Cerny’s works are at once formal and reductive while existing in a realm of the playful and ridiculous. The Seattle artist’s newest sculptures and works on paper resemble familiar forms that suggest furniture and domestic objects occupying our interior spaces. Sculptures created from cardboard, fiberglass, and bright, matte colors exude levity while calling our attention to their form.

In her sculptural work, the objects seductively draw in viewers to contemplate their function, texture, and relation to the human body. Simultaneously, these same works reject the more traditional notions of sculpture and furniture, existing in an awkward place in between. They are gloppy objects that embrace a different kind of abstraction. Amassed within the galleries, their collective presence may evoke the space of a home or independent figures standing together in a room.

Cerny likens her work to Buster Keaton’s slapstick comedy as “an absurdist response to the productive rationalism of modern times—one that both represents and is alienated from everyday life.” Cerny’s work has been exhibited at many venues including Henry Art Gallery in Seattle; Or Gallery in Vancouver, British Columbia; Night Gallery in Los Angeles; and Derek Eller Gallery in New York. This will be her first exhibition in Portland. More information about the exhibition can be found here.

Portland Art Museum Hours:

Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday 10 AM—5 PM

Thursday, Friday 10 AM—8 PM


Earlier Event: October 21
Rodrigo Valenzuela "Labor Standards"
Later Event: November 4
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