Critical Dialogue: Jason Dunda

Canadian-born and Chicago-based painter Jason Dunda’s uniquely abstractive approach to art can most recently be found in his installation, A Hall of Unflattering Portraits, and next in Various Incidents. His style is in favor of “blending and conjuring a nonexistent middle ground as a sort of whimsical indictment” to explore what it means to be truly transformative. A fan of “sarcastic canonization,” he urges viewers to look at typical subjects through a narrower lens while his undercutting politeness pays homage to his Canadian roots.  

Dunda earned his MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, his BFA from York University in Toronto and ran Modest Contemporary Art Projects from 2000 to 2004. 

The Critical Dialogue Series is hosted by Tyler School of Art and Architecture at Temple University and is partially supported through Temple University's General Activity Fund. 

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