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THE GREEN SHOW – Recycle, Repurpose, Reuse

Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo Gallery, Epic Center – September 2011
Working with a GREEN point of view, seventeen Kalamazoo area artists investigated how this might
impact their work. Many have looked to found objects as a source of materials and inspiration.
Others are recycling work that they created earlier in their career.
Still others are inspired by objects found in nature. Show Statement.

Michael Dunn, Controlled and Free Drawing

Michael Dunn, Controlled and Free Drawing, on recycled architectural images
I have been making architectural drawings on tracing paper for over 30 years. As these drawings turn into homes and businesses, their purpose has been fulfilled, to build a structure. They are now just a shadow. I could recycle them, lose any trace of them and also lose a part of myself.

I have intentionally kept my art and architecture separate in order to keep one area from controlling the other. Drawing is a means for me to express ideas and feelings while architectural drawing is a way to communicate specific needs in order to construct something real. One is more controlled and one is loose and free. Which is more real? Why not combine the gestural, emotional marks with the regulated controlled lines into one image? Overlap and let them communicate on many levels.

There is a separation of time – over 20 years between the marks. There is also a functional divide between each type of mark. Combining them creates a dialogue for me to search my own past and present. Repurposing the controlled part of my life with the expressive marks of today creates opportunities for the future that I can explore and share on many levels. Controlled and yet free. mdunndesign@comcast.net