Focusing his practice on the Midwestern pastoral landscape, Gunn considers urban and rural divides through elaborately carved draperies with inset landscape imagery, paper collage, and ceramic sculpture. His most recent solo exhibition at the gallery explored the psychological and mythological implications of regional self-conception. Gunn’s practice reveals a complicated relationship with labor and craft discourse; seeing time-intensive processes like woodworking or chair caning as means to an aesthetic end. Gunn reveres the legacy of craft workers, folk artists, woodworkers, and artisans that came before him; despite the humor found in certain iterations, Gunn’s objects are identified as sincere and tender.
Dan Gunn (b. 1980, Prairie Village, KS) is an artist, writer, and educator living and working in New Milford, CT. He received an MFA in Painting from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2007) where he is now an Adjunct Assistant Professor. Gunn was awarded residencies at the Wassaic Project 2021, University of Arkansas (2019), Anderson Ranch Art Center (2018), Vermont Studio Center (2015), and The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2012). His work has been reviewed in Frieze, Art in America, Artforum.com, art ltd., Artslant.com, Newcity Magazine, New American Paintings, TimeOut Chicago, and the Chicago Tribune. Gunn has held recent solo exhibitions at Flyweight Projects, New York, NY (2022); moniquemeloche, Chicago, IL (2021); The University Club of Chicago, Chicago, IL (2019); and Good Weather Gallery, North Little Rock, Arkansas (2019). Gunn has also participated in group presentations at Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH; Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO; Elmhurst Art Museum, Elmhurst, IL; the University of Missouri at Kansas City, Kansas City, Missouri; Elephant Gallery, Nashville, TN; University of Toledo, Toledo, OH, Western Exhibitions, Chicago, IL; Marine Contemporary, Santa Monica, CA; Art Los Angeles Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL; the Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL; Lloyd Dobler Gallery, Chicago, IL; Columbia College, Chicago, IL; the Poor Farm, Manawa, WI; the Loyola University Museum of Art, Chicago, IL; and the Lubeznik Center for the Arts, Michigan City, IN.