Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara (MCASB) is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of New York–based artist N. Dash. The exhibition will present new works shown for the first time, including pieces from the artist’s ongoing Commuter series, presented together with recent large scale paintings. The works convey a profound tactile sensitivity through the artist’s manipulation of materials such as fabric, adobe, jute, polystyrene, paper, and string. Utilizing this wide variety of media with a minute attention to detail, Dash constructs compositions that engage with visible and invisible forms of energy and movement: of bodily meridians, architectural circulation, and environmental flux. Transmuting rough materials such as jute, mud, and fabric into meticulously finished surfaces, Dash’s work evokes the materially embodied yet intangible presence of attentive touch.
N. Dash at Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara (MCASB) is curated by Abaseh Mirvali, Executive Director and Chief Curator, and is an expanded presentation of N. Dash, organized by The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, and curated by Amy Smith-Stewart, Senior Curator.
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About the Artist
N. Dash (b. 1980, Miami, Florida, USA) lives and works in New York, New York, USA. N. Dash’s work spans painting, sculpture, photography and drawing and employs both natural and manmade materials, including pigments, adobe/mud, jute, graphite, fabric, and polystyrene. Across these materials, the artist’s inimitable approach seeks to both record sensory and informational capacities of touch and render typically unseen conduits of energy: ecological, architectural, and corporeal.
N. Dash’s work has been featured in solo exhibitions at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, USA (2019); Fondazione Giuliani, Rome, Italy (2017); Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, USA (2014–15); and White Flag Projects, St. Louis, USA (2013). Group exhibitions include SFMOMA - San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, USA (2019); The Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia (2017); The Jewish Museum, New York, USA (2015); Palazzo Strozzi, Florence, Italy (2015); MAXXI, Rome, Italy (2014); and Abron Arts Center, New York, USA (2013).
Generous support for N. Dash provided by Jacquelyn Klein-Brown & Michael Trambert, Lisa Lloyd, Institution Ale Company, MCASB Board of Trustees, MCASB Visionaries, Pacific Retail Capital Partners, and Paseo Nuevo Shops & Restaurants.
Special thanks to Casey Kaplan, New York, USA; Mehdi Chouakri, Berlin, Germany; and Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium.
This project has been made possible thanks to the support of friends, peers, and colleagues. Heartfelt gratitude to:
DJ Darla Bea, Amelia Belle & Bob Rudorf, Elyse & Lawrence B. Benenson, Alex Blair, Mary Blair, Tom Brady, Kyle Brace, Connie Butler, Casey Kaplan Gallery, Eric Chirnside, Mehdi Chouakri, Hannah Chua, Alesha Claveria, Alexandra Cole, Patrick & Lindsey Collins, N. Dash, Frank Demaegd, Sarah Dildine, Charles Donelan, Alexandra Douwes, Fernando Espinosa, Dacotah Ettl, Francesco Fassone, DJ Lady Flash, Breyer Floyd, Elisabeth Fowler, Benedicte Goesaert, Miles Hagin, Scott M. Haskins, Maryellen & Frank Herringer, William D. Hyder, Michael Imwalle, Institution Ale Company, Casey Kaplan, Jacquelyn Klein-Brown & Michael Trambert, Judy Larson, Miyoung Lee & Neil Simpkins, Veronica Levitt, Lisa Lloyd, Laura Macker Johnston, Mark Koenig, Davin Mantell, Bob Marshall, Cybele Maylone, MCASB Board of Trustees, MCASB Visionaries, Elizabeth McMahon, Brian McMahon, Constanza Medina, Mehdi Chouakri Gallery, Mindful Heart Programs, Abaseh Mirvali, Monika Molnar-Metzenthin, Susan Monaghan, Rosemary Motley, Joanne Mun, Anna Murphy, Constanza Ontiveros, Pacific Retail Capital Partners, Paseo Nuevo Shops & Restaurants, Thomas Pazderka, Debby Peterson, Presqu’ile Winery & the Murphy Family, Justine Roddick & Tina Schlieske, Selina Samaniego, Evan Sherman, Lea Sindija, Crosby Slaught, Nati & Michael Smith, Shaun Smith, Amy Smith-Stewart, Kol Solthn, Jenni Sorkin, Arturo Soto, Joan Tapper, Alexandra Terry, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Maria Rendón, Cara Treadwell, Georgene Vairo & Jenn Kennedy, Radhule Weininger, Lynda Weinman & Bruce Heavin, Chelsea Willett, Mona Yan, Zeno X Gallery, and Nancy Zink O'Connor.