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  • Dawn Black Washington City Paper 2016

    WASHINGTON CITY PAPER

    Dawn Black, Fount of Florid Reluctance
    by Kriston Capps, July 22, 2016

    In her third solo show at Curator’s Office, Dawn Black is expanding her fantastical universe

    Black’s third solo show at Curator’s Office, “fount of florid reluctance,” relishes in pointed juxtapositions and cultural crossroads. Her allegorical portraits draw from many different wells, from ancient fairy tales to couture fashion. These drawings are morality tales without morals, stories laced with dread and dangers but lacking the necessary coherence and structure to serve as a warning.

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  • Dawn Black Baltimore City Paper 2009

    BALTIMORE CITY PAPER

    Hide and Seek
    by Bret McCabe, June 17, 2009

    What stands out here are the works that riff on the Masked‘s theme–such as Dawn Black’s “Conceal Project,

    …What stands out here are the works that riff on the Masked‘s theme–such as Dawn Black’s “Conceal Project,” an array of images. Here small gouache, watercolor, and ink on paper portraits of various people–in animal or fetish masks, in costumes, wearing traditional non-Western clothing, heads wrapped in checked scarves and holding a firearm aloft, etc.–smear the idea of a mask to its breaking point, as the line separating what somebody is wearing to pretend to be someone and what somebody is wearing because it’s an extension of who they are isn’t always clear…

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