Strobel & Sands
Dawn Cerny: Now That We Found Love What Are We Gonna Do With It?
May 12-June 24
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 12 from 5-8pm
Gallery hours: Sundays 12-5pm
Strobel & Sands is pleased to present the gallery’s fifth exhibition, Now That We Found Love What Are We Gonna Do With It?, featuring watercolors and sculpture by Dawn Cerny. Now That We Found Love What Are We Gonna Do With It? questions human relationships, not only to each other, but to the objects around us, and what we do with them.
The paintings presented in this exhibition are selections from the series A lap is a kind of chair. The only chair you can afford is a broken one, which consists of images of two to three paired figures fused together in tenderly ambiguous yet provocative poses. Like a symbiotic relationship, the folding over and blending of the figures into one another shows a sense of closeness occurring over time or intensity. Through Dawn’s elegant use of calligraphy, these emotive situations are dealt with care and humor.
The sculptures’ presence in the midst of the gallery helps ease the viewer into further exploring the works on paper. The possibly familiar and seemingly functional sculptural works act as friends. The viewer and sculpture take comfort in their own singular relationship, thus appearing as voyeurs in a space that does not seem to belong to them, but to the couples surrounding the room. This collusion seems not only appropriate, but necessary.
Pictured above: Dawn Cerny, Ursula 5th time, 2016, watercolor, 9 x 12 inches