JRP | Editions, Geneva 2023
With texts by Carroll Dunham, Dan Nadel, and Mary Simpson
A new publication focusing on Carroll Dunham's pivotal ‘Green Period.,’ is available for purchase now. Bringing together prints, drawings, and paintings created by the artist between 2018 and 2022, the publication gives an overview of one of his most distinctive bodies of works. Using the colour green as a pictorial and expressive tool, Dunham depicts figures in an archaic world of his own making. In these ‘figurative’ works he explores themes of intimacy, race, sex, and aging, as well as his own graphic and painterly languages.
Publisher: JRP | Editions
Publication date: 2023
Binding: Hardcover, 136 pages
Dimensions: 24.2 x 30.5 x 1.7 cm
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Since the 1970s, Carroll Dunham (b. 1949) has developed a unique pictorial language in a significant oeuvre encompassing painting, drawing, print and sculpture. Employing a formal mastery of line, texture and colour, Dunham’s distinctive body of work continually engages new and recurring modes of art-making.
Drawing on the art historical canon but also on pop culture including sci-fi and cartoons, Dunham revisits enduring themes that comprise our existence – trees, guns, the planet, bathers and wrestlers amongst others – while simultaneously exploring the formal attributes of painting. Riding the line between abstraction and figuration, planes of strong colour and Dunham’s curvilinear line activate the energetically-charged works.
Through anthropomorphic forms, vivid abstractions, surreal landscapes and archetypal figures, the artist demonstrates his fascination and unique ability to play with scale, orientation and composition to give physical form to psychologically challenging imagery. Dunham’s careful choreography provides insight into his subjects’ complex internal world.
‘Dunham’s paintings conjure everyday realities as both more and less than real; the so-called ordinary is unfamiliar, new terrain, politically, sexually, environmentally. Fictional portraits of the known moving into an unknown, they show vivacity, even about the incapacity to know the future. I mean, they have a vitality, these frank, beautiful misfits, or funny, smart disturbances. Not stories but wordless pictures.’
L. Tillman, 2016
Artist page on maxhetzler.com