DESHAWN DUMAS

 
 

 

DESHAWN DUMAS

 

1985 born in Elkhart, Indiana

Lives and works in Brooklyn, New York

 

DeShawn Dumas materializes wall works from various remnants of “heavy industry”: chain link fences, steel frames, spray paint, plexiglass, and more.  The point is the use of materials that function socially. Obtaining these materials allows the artist to explore the relationship between handicraft and art’s “relationship to the machine”. Deeply inspired by energy, the works are meant to move the viewer; that is, to create a spatial experience and affective relations. As the artist puts it himself, “My abstract paintings take destruction as a mode of production — methods of  repetitive dishonor include burning, tearing, shooting, and smashing.  A rupture and the impossibility of restoring what has been breached. These self-described tablets are encased behind panels of glass. Their glimmering surface cast the fragile image of the viewer and surrounding environment. A drive towards increasingly terrifying modes of abstraction  is not unrelated to my  experience of Western democracy and it’s production of infinite desire, utopic inequality,  mandatory visibility and unimaginable catastrophes to come.”

 
HOLOCENE EXTINCTION
June 22 - August 5, 2017

IN THE CLOUD

June 25th - August 28th, 2015

 

'HOLOCENE EXTINCTION' REVIEWED

Reviewed in Artcritical by John Mendelsohn

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