About Latitude Artist Community

Latitude Artist Community serves all people - with an emphasis on those thought by some to have a disability - by creating meaningful, inclusive community interactions which allow participating artists to contribute culturally and politically to the life of their community.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Jessie Dunahoo invitation for exhibit at Institute 193


May 20, 2010 - June 12, 2010
Opening Reception: May 20
6 - 9 PM

Jessie Dunahoo began his art career as a child, sewing bread bags the length of his family’s farmhouse near Beattyville, Kentucky. As a young man, Dunahoo began exploring the family farm by hanging intersecting strings, ropes and wires which could be grasped and threaded, on various fences and trees, thereby creating 3-d maps which he used to navigate outdoor space. Jessie Dunahoo is deaf and blind. In time, Dunahoo’s environments have grown and evolved into complex sewn structures made of found materials including grocery bags, fabric samples, pieces of old clothing and twine.Through an interpreter Jessie describes his works as shelters, and they are strung about his home and yard covering his walls, floor and ceiling. To allay any doubts, Jessie is completely aware that he is creating “art” and is quick to ask a viewer if they think his work is “beautiful?” Institute 193 has asked Dunahoo to install a working version of his environment at the gallery, navigating our space. This show is produced in conjunction with Latitude Artist Community, the organization that has provided Dunahoo support in the creation and exhibition of his work for over decade.

Images courtesy THE JONES SHOP and Andrew Edlin Gallery, NYC.