Kyle Vu-Dunn’s carved bas-relief panels celebrate the shared intimacies of queer men, showing moments of joy, relaxation, and self-contemplation in brightly hued rooms. This softness is accentuated by layers of carved plaster and foam, biceps and buttocks embedded into the paintings’ underlying bases.
Perspective switches between indoors and out, with works on paper voyeuristically observing private scenes through open city windows. Languid subjects, often pulled from sketches made of Vu-Dunn’s husband, lay tightly curled together or stand watching from corners of the half-revealed rooms. This exchange between who is watching and who is being watched obscures the line between subject and observer, embracing the fluidity of queer romance while expanding the boundaries of who can be presented as soft and desirable.
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Kyle Vu-Dunn holds a BFA from MICA, Baltimore, in Interdisciplinary Sculpture. Solo exhibitions of his work include Night In at Julius Caesar, Chicago, Leaves Don’t Thank The Sun at Sardine, and A Nail In A Cherry Pit at The Java Project, Brooklyn; as well as group shows in NYC, Los Angeles, Oakland, Portland, Denver, Dallas, Baltimore, and Washington D.C. He is a grant recipient of NYFA and The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation. Vu-Dunn has been an artist in residence at The Woodstock Byrdecliffe Guild hosted by the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, and the Scholastic Atelier-Artist-In-Residence Program, NYC.