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Kyle Dunn, 2020
Photo by Jack Pierson

Imbuing his paintings with liquid eroticism and cinematic drama, Kyle Dunn (b. 1990) intertwines autobiographical and fictional narratives to express masculine emotional landscapes not often represented in visual culture. Capturing the simultaneous anxiety and nascent hope of our present moment, Dunn’s lush, luminous, and physiologically charged paintings render contorted figures in spatially deceptive environments to reveal the chronic cognitive dissonance between desired freedom and recognized obligation. Reflecting on his practice, Dunn notes, “There is a kind of humor and silliness to big emotions, at least when you are looking back and processing. Making paintings is a way for me to distill messy situations in my life down to something understandable.” Dunn lives and works in Queens, NY and received a BFA in Interdisciplinary Sculpture from the Maryland Institute College of Art. His work has been included in exhibitions at P·P·O·W, New York; GRIMM, Amsterdam, Netherlands; Maria Bernheim, Zurich, Switzerland; Thierry Goldberg Gallery, New York; and Little Berlin, Philadelphia, PA, among others. His work is in the collections of the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami, FL and the Sunpride Foundation, Hong Kong. P·P·O·W presented Into Open Air, Dunn’s first solo exhibition with the gallery, in 2020 and will present his second solo exhibition in March 2023.

KYLE DUNN

b. 1990, Livonia, MI
Lives and works in Queens, NY

EDUCATION 

2012    
B.F.A. Interdisciplinary Sculpture at Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD

2011    
Option SCIE at La Haute Ecole d'art et de désign de Genève (HEAD), Switzerland

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2021    
The Fool, Galerie Maria Bernheim, Zurich, Switzerland

2020    
Into Open Air, P·P·O·W, New York, NY

2018    
Always, Thierry Goldberg Gallery, New York, NY
Night In, Julius Caesar, Chicago, IL

2017    
Leaves Don't Thank the Sun, Sardine, Brooklyn, NY

SELECT GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2022
Fire Figure Fantasy: Selections from ICA Miami's Collection, ICA Miami, Miami, FL
Love is the Devil: Studies after Francis Bacon, Marlborough Gallery, London, United Kingdom  

2021    
Equal Affections, GRIMM Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Tidal Motion, P·P·O·W and Joe Sheftel, Provincetown, MA
Body Double, Galerie Maria Bernheim, London, United Kingdom

2019    
Do You Love Me?, P·P·O·W, New York, NY
Cruise Kidman Kubrick, Galerie Maria Bernheim, Zurich, Switzerland
Body Parts, Galerie Maria Bernheim, Zurich, Switzerland

2018    
A Scratch in Time, Thierry Goldberg Gallery, New York, NY
RE_ARRANGE, Juxtapoz Projects at Mana Contemporary, Jersey City, NJ
Skins, Greenpoint Terminal Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Hickey, Little Berlin, Philadelphia, PA
Thick on the Ground, two person show with Christian Rogers at NATIONALE, Portland, OR
Interrupting Lines, Pt. 2: Gallery, Oakland, CA
Strange Looks, Gildar Gallery, Denver, CO
Fugue, Honey Ramka, Brooklyn, NY

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

ICA Miami, Miami, FL
Sunpride Foundation, Hong Kong
X Museum, Beijing, China

AWARDS, RESIDENCIES, AND GRANTS

2014    
Elizabeth Greenshields Full Grant Recipient, Montreal, Canada

2013    
Artist in Residence at the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild, hosted by The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Woodstock, NY

SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY

2018    
Artforum, PROJECT: KYLE VU-DUNN, November 2018
New Art Examiner
Artmaze Mag, Summer Edition 8, curated by Sara Maria Salamone and Tyler Lafreniere, Founders and Head Curators of Mrs. Gallery, NYC
Strange Plants III, by Zio Baritaux

2017    
Strange Fire, November 9th, 2017
The New Yorker, Kyle Vu-Dunn, November 3rd, 2017
Work In Progress Publication, March 2017 issue
Young Space, March 2017

Selected Works

Selected Works Thumbnails
Kyle Dunn, Match II, 2022

Kyle Dunn
Match II, 2022
acrylic and flashe on wood panel
20 x 16 ins.
50.8 x 40.6 cm

Kyle Dunn, Homecoming, 2021

Kyle Dunn
Homecoming, 2021
acrylic on wooden panel
60 x 48 ins.
152.4 x 121.9 cm

Kyle Dunn, Insomniac, 2021

Kyle Dunn
Insomniac, 2021
acrylic on wooden panel
48 x 36 x 2 1/4 ins.
121.9 x 91.4 x 5.7 cm

Kyle Dunn, Street Lights, 2020

Kyle Dunn
Street Lights, 2020
acrylic on wooden panel
40 x 30 ins.
101.6 x 76.2 cm

Kyle Dunn, Like something flying, 2020

Kyle Dunn
Like something flying, 2020
acrylic on epoxy resin and foam panel
48.5 x 56 x 2.5 ins.
123.2 x 142.2 x 6.4 cm

Kyle Dunn, Headlights, 2020

Kyle Dunn
Headlights, 2020
acrylic on epoxy resin and foam panel
47 x 42 x 2.5 ins.
119.4 x 106.7 x 6.4 cm

Kyle Dunn, Match II, 2022

Kyle Dunn
Match II, 2022
acrylic and flashe on wood panel
20 x 16 ins.
50.8 x 40.6 cm

Kyle Dunn, Homecoming, 2021

Kyle Dunn
Homecoming, 2021
acrylic on wooden panel
60 x 48 ins.
152.4 x 121.9 cm

Kyle Dunn, Insomniac, 2021

Kyle Dunn
Insomniac, 2021
acrylic on wooden panel
48 x 36 x 2 1/4 ins.
121.9 x 91.4 x 5.7 cm

Kyle Dunn, Street Lights, 2020

Kyle Dunn
Street Lights, 2020
acrylic on wooden panel
40 x 30 ins.
101.6 x 76.2 cm

Kyle Dunn, Like something flying, 2020

Kyle Dunn
Like something flying, 2020
acrylic on epoxy resin and foam panel
48.5 x 56 x 2.5 ins.
123.2 x 142.2 x 6.4 cm

Kyle Dunn, Headlights, 2020

Kyle Dunn
Headlights, 2020
acrylic on epoxy resin and foam panel
47 x 42 x 2.5 ins.
119.4 x 106.7 x 6.4 cm