Dawn Cerny is a multidisciplinary based in Seattle. Her recent works on paper and in sculpture examine the formal articulation of value and power - or lack thereof - through everyday gestures, bodily postures, and personal aesthetic choices. Corresponding physically to the body and readily personified, her monochromatic sculptural works also evoke racks, chairs, and cabinets of uncertain purpose, at once amplifying and distorting furniture's connection to the human form. Amassed together within the gallery, they might comprise a domestic arrangement, a showroom, or a crowd of people, alone together in public space. Like Buster Keaton's slapstick comedy - a favorite of the artist's - Dawn's sculptures can be seen as an absurdist response to the productive rationalism of modern times, one that both represents and is alienated from everyday life. Dawn's work has been exhibited at many venues including Henry Art Gallery, Seattle; Or Gallery, Vancouver, BC; Night Gallery, Los Angeles; and Derk Eller Gallery, New York.
Gage Academy of Art acknowledges the Coast Salish Peoples as the original inhabitants of this area and connecting waterways. We understand the land that Gage occupies is unceded territory and that today many Indigenous peoples live here and without their stewardship, we would not have access to this space. We honor the Coast Salish Peoples’ sovereignty, rights to self-determination, culture and ways of life. Since time immemorial, Indigenous peoples have called this territory their sacred land. We commit to learning, educating others and repairing the legacy of historically harmful relationships between non-Native and Native peoples in King County. In doing so, we will be honest, and recognize the experiences of Native peoples to include genocide, forced relocation, forced assimilation, and land theft. We also acknowledge Native peoples are survivors, present in today’s world, thriving. We encourage everyone here today to ask themselves: what can I do to support Indigenous communities?
In an effort to be transparent, Gage is contemplating this call to action and re-working how to best support Indigenous communities.