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Masquerading Fiction: Dawn Black at Curator’s Office by New American Paintings
March 7, 2012, 8:15 am
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Dawn Black’s second solo show at Curators Office in Washington, D.C. doesn’t veer too far from her first go in 2009. Pulling characters from her ongoing Conceal Project, her current show, The Magic Foxhole, uses J.D. Sallinger’s unpublished short story of the same title — an absurdist tale about the follies of war — as a point of departure. Like her previous exhibition, Black’s own absurdist scenes subvert context in detailed ink, gouache and watercolor works on paper. And instead of narratives, the artist offers her nuanced understanding of the power roles and cues that result from masquerade and from our propensity for playing dress up. – Matthew Smith, D.C. Contributor


Black | American Gothic, 2011, Ink, gouache, watercolor on paper, 11” x 17” (courtesy Curator’s Office)

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