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Dawn Gavin
updated: 02/08/2012
 
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Stellae Errantes
Stellae Errantes (detail)
Subduction III
Subduction III (detail)
Annular
Annular (detail)
Rorschach
'Reticular'
Prospero
Plot
Tract
'Arterial Skein (I)'
Alternaria
Splinter Pattern
Bit-Map
 
Portfolio Keywords:  pattern, obsessive, landscape, information, process, conceptual, language, collage, identity, mapping
 
 
Stellae Errantes by Dawn Gavin
Stellae Errantes
Ink on paper
2011
20" x  26" 
Stellae Errantes (detail) by Dawn Gavin
Stellae Errantes (detail)
Ink on paper
2011
20" x  26" 
Subduction III by Dawn Gavin
Subduction III
Paper (map fragments), acrylic, vinyl and insect pins applied directly to gallery wall
2008
218" x  95"  x 1.5" 
Subduction III (detail) by Dawn Gavin
Subduction III (detail)
Paper (map fragments), acrylic, vinyl and insect pins applied directly to gallery wall
2008
218"" x  95""  x 1.5"" 
Annular by Dawn Gavin
Annular
Paper (map fragments) and insect pins applied directly to gallery wall
2008
72"" x  144""  x 1.5" 
Annular (detail) by Dawn Gavin
Annular (detail)
Paper (map fragments) and insect pins applied directly to gallery wall
2008
72"" x  144""  x 1.5"" 
Rorschach by Dawn Gavin
Rorschach
Paper, acrylic, metal and wood
2005-2006
13.25"" x  19"  x 1.5"" 
'Reticular' by Dawn Gavin
'Reticular'
digital video (4 still images)
2007
0" x  0" 
Prospero by Dawn Gavin
Prospero
Digital Video
2006
0" x  0" 
Plot by Dawn Gavin
Plot
Paper (map fragments), acrylic and insect pins applied directly to gallery wall
2005
72" x  72"  x 1.5" 
Tract by Dawn Gavin
Tract
Paper (map fragments) and insect pins applied directly to gallery wall
2005-2008
24"" x  24""  x 1.5" 
'Arterial Skein (I)' by Dawn Gavin
'Arterial Skein (I)'
vinyl, paper (altered US interstate maps) + insect pins, applied directly to wall
2007
53" x  53"  x 1.5" 
Alternaria by Dawn Gavin
Alternaria
Paper (map Fragments), ink and insect pins applied directly to gallery walls
2005-2006
Dimensions variable
Splinter Pattern by Dawn Gavin
Splinter Pattern
Collage: paper, acrylic and PVA on board
2004-2005
12" x  12" 
Bit-Map by Dawn Gavin
Bit-Map
Collage: paper, acrylic, PVA and Letra-tone on board
2005-2006
12"" x  12"" 

Artist Statement

Transitory Belonging

Drawing as an immediate and transitive action, facilitates the visual expression of space, time and experience. Against a backdrop of increasingly sophisticated imaging technology, and an expanded use of hybrid media in the arts, the activity of drawing can assume a dynamic and shifting position between centrality and the margins. It is from this unique tension of the understood and the emerging, the learned versus the instinctual, that drawing becomes possibility within contemporary practice. While I work in a variety of media, from paper works, to installation to digital video, the extant potential of drawing informs all of my working processes. On the one hand this has afforded me a migratory ability to move freely between these differing approaches, while simultaneously allowing them to inform and change one another.

More often than not, I conscript and amend ‘found’ visual documents, such as maps, passports and film footage to inform and develop my work, and in turn mediate it’s content. Through the combined processes of alteration, isolation and dissection, the assimilation of these materials into my own visual lexicon, correspondingly embodies the dual attributes of presence and absence, antecedent and latent possibility. The work that emerges from such a strategy accordingly retains something of the materials prior history, in combination with my own, new directive.

Artist Bio / CV

Originally from Lanarkshire, Scotland, Dawn Gavin currently lives and works in Baltimore, Maryland. Her work investigates issues of identity and displacement, employing a range of media from collage and installed drawings to digital video.

EDUCATION

MSc (Electronic Imaging) MFA (Fine Art) and BA (Hons) First Class (Drawing and Painting) from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, Scotland U.K.

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

S L O W Gallery 307, The Lamar Dodd School of Art, Athens, GA (2011)

Medium of Exchange, Center for the Arts Gallery Gallery, Towson University, Towson, MD (2011)

Mapping: Memory and Motion in Contemporary Art, Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, New York (2010-2011)

Last Look Behind (Represent Exhibition Series: Baltimore I and II) York College Brossman Gallery, York College, York, PA (2010)

The Object of Nostalgia, A+D Gallery, Columbia College, Chicago, IL (2010)

All Over the Map John Michael Kohler Art Center, Sheboygan, WI (2009)

Control Shift Option: Contemporary Drawing Space 301, Mobile, AL (2009)

The Trawick Contemporary Arts Prize Heinemann Myers Contemporary Art, Bethesda, MD? (2008)

Sondheim FInalists Exhibition Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD (2008)

?Paper[space] Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA (2008)

The Scottish Show Donna Beam Fine Art Gallery, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, NV (2008)

?Ethnography of No Place Rosenberg Gallery, Goucher College, Towson, MD? (2008)

?You Are Here: Maps Redefined by Contemporary Mid-Atlantic Artists Ellipse Art Center, Arlington, VA? (2007)

Obsessive Aesthetics Maryland Art Place, Baltimore, MD? (2007)

+es+ pa++erns Pinkard Gallery, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD? (2006)