Tanya Bonakdar Gallery is pleased to present “Drinking Dust,” Dana Powell’s first solo exhibition in Los Angeles and her second with the gallery, on view July 24 – August 28, 2021.
Continuing the portrayal of transitional spaces and moments of suspense, Powell’s newest paintings explore ideas around environmentalism and the place of humans in nature. Change comes fast, now more than ever, on a planet that seems to be heating up and running out – of space, resources, and time. In “Drinking Dust,” the human is inherently present though never visually portrayed. Intervention comes in the form of graffiti, picked clovers, trails in grass, and a hole in a frozen pond. These paintings are charged with an anxiety felt all over the world, but also include moments of humor and joy, beauty and respite. For Powell, this paradox is the epitome of being human. Wonder is found in simple acts, like looking at the moon, or traveling through a landscape transformed by the sheer force of weather. Despite an ever-present fear of collapse and change, there is some reassurance that to be human is to be a vital part of nature.
On view: July 24 – August 28, 2021
What: “Drinking Dust,” Dana Powell
Where: Tanya Bonakdar Gallery Los Angeles, 1010 North Highland Avenue, LA, 90038
Phone: 323 380 7172