Thanks to everyone who came to the opening for Tony Dunn’s exhibition “Up Close and Beautiful,” a collaboration between Institute 193 and Latitude Artist Community, an organization that creates opportunities for people considered to have disabilities to engage politically and culturally with their communities.
Tony Dunn has been visiting Latitude Artist Community regularly for years, where he has developed a distinctive painting style. Dunn’s eyesight is very poor, but his work is characterized by small brush strokes that build into loose grid patterns, as well as a crisp and careful use of color. In anticipation of this exhibition, Dunn spent several weeks painting works on a larger scale that were assembled at the gallery.
Dunn’s process is intensely visceral–he works with his face so close to the paint that he sometimes smudges his glasses. He often creates his work on top of paper used previously by other artists. Sometimes, his paintings simply mask the original work; at other times, he engages and reinvents the earlier piece.