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Dustin London
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Red Hook

Media:Drawing; Painting;

ARTIST STATEMENT: It is important for me to have a self-generating practice, to set up situations I can respond to and form an immediate dialogue. I begin my current work with a single line, incising it slowly into the surface and following it intuitively, giving myself time to contemplate its direction and intention. It’s all unknown to me until it happens and a piece must be discovered in the making. Working on a black surface acts as a kind of non-space, a total emptiness where my mind can rest and be clear, allowing for a moment of pause, silence, reflection, and meditation. Yet, I’m interested in the dichotomy between this void and a certain bluntness of the surface, which feels like sandpaper or asphalt. I often feel like I'm in a dialogue with the deepest recesses of my subconscious. It's as though I'm mapping my own visual thought process, forming constellations, puzzles, navigating mazes at the same time I'm creating them. The work references diagrams, folded pieces of paper, aerial views, perspectival spaces, or different kinds of gaming. I’m interested in games as systems and the visual structures resulting from their internal logic. In some ways I’m making abstract games with perhaps a more cryptic or idiosyncratic logic.

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b. 1980, Michigan

MFA University of Pennsylvania, 2005
BFA Michigan State University, 2002

2013 Game Show, MBUS Gallery, Miami Beach, FL
2012 Next in Line: Drawing in the 21st Century, Kunsthalle Galapagos, Brooklyn, NY
Names of Places I've Never Been, Isaac's Gallery, Roswell, NM
2011 Synthetic Zero, Bronx Art Space, Bronx, NY
Wall Works, (solo) Base Space, Brooklyn, NY
2010 True Singing Is A Different Breathing, Vaudeville Park, Brooklyn, NY
One Vertical Unwavering Band of Light, Coe College Art Gallery, Cedar Rapids,IA
Here Come the Plants: A Flora-Utopian Transformation, Chicago Calling,Elastic Sound and Vision Gallery, Chicago, IL
2008 The Object Direct, Heskin Contemporary, New York, NY
New Work New York, Mississippi State University Art Gallery, Mississippi State, MS
2007 Works on Paper, Long Beach Island Fndtn of Arts and Sciences, Loveladies, NJ
2006 American Idyll, Rodger LaPelle Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
2003 Contemporary Abstraction, Ward Gallery, Harbor Spgs, MI
Open Video Call, ICA, Philadelphia, PA

Awards, Residencies, Etc.
2011 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship
Drawing Center Viewing Program
Millay Colony, Austerlitz, NY
Jentel, Banner, WY
2010 Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, NY
2007 Vermont Studio Center Artist Grant and Residency, Johnson, VT


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