Dawn Kasper


Dawn KasperArtist’s Statement

My work addresses relentless obsessive fascinations with topics such as, connectivity, desire, process, and meaning. I perform in a calculated yet spontaneous manner, using props to punctuate my actions.

Organizationally structured after chapters in a book or a photographic series I work systematically and serially. Comprised of performance, photography, collage, sculpture, drawing, sound and installation. With umbrella titles such as, On The Exposure of Process A Nomadic Studio Practice Experiment, Visual Poems Studies in Time and Space, Private Performances For People In Their Homes, The On Series, The Evil Series, and Clues To The Meaning of Life.

Developing a utilitarian space for living sculpture and durational performance, doubling as a platform for collaboration. I transform the space through the use of props and personas. Everything is in play and everything is in flux. The environments I perform in provide the forum, an open-­‐air laboratory of thought. Often ritualizing my performance environments with color lighting, scent and sound. Performative action that crescendos into a monologue or story culminating into a sculptural installation environment illustrating my findings on being and process that thus expose a caricature of artistic practice to the audience. The results are open, magical, spontaneous and food for thought.

Website: cargocollective.com/dawnkasper

Biography

Select Solo Exhibitions from 2009-2013

2013
Honor Fraser Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
A Private Performance For (you), Mains d’Oeuvres, Paris, France

2012
Everything You Could Ever Want & Be You Already Have & Are, Cohen Gallery, The Perry and Marty Granoff Center, Brown University, Providence, RI

2010
Music for Hoarders, Honor Fraser Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Select Group Exhibitions from 2009–2013

2012
No Person May Carry A Fish Into A Bar, Blum and Poe Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Become What You Are, Tramway, Glasgow, Scotland

2010
On Drawing, Human Resources LA, Los Angeles, CA

2009
Repeater or On Inertia and Anger, Perform Now, Los Angeles, CA

Select Community-based Artwork

2012
Become What You Are, CCS Bard College, Red Hook, NY
THIS COULD BE SOMETHING IF I LET IT, 2012 Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

2011
Queering Sex, Human Resources LA, Los Angeles, CA

Fellowships and Awards 2009-2013

2012
CCI ARC Durfee Grant, for exhibition, 2012 Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
USA Projects, for exhibition, 2012 Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

EDUCATION

M.F.A., 2003
University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

B.F.A., 1999
Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA