Exhibitions

Dusty Boynton (2010)

Dusty Boynton reviewed in January 2011 ARTnews

“Sooty faces, misshapen figures, and mangy animals with their teeth bared fill the crudely delineated rectangles in Dusty Boynton’s works on paper. In her disturbing but compelling show, Out of Line, Boynton presented these dark images in the simple manner of a young child’s drawing, with slashes for mouths and lumps of coal for eyes. Her creepy characters, which face us dead on, appear as if in a nightmare. Yet, despite their apparent artlessness, these mixed-media works, with their inky blotches, scrawls, and smears, were tonally nuanced and beautifully composed.

Herbert (2010) shows a menacing figure with a giant grinning jack-o’-lantern of a head that’s been drawn several times in black, then redrawn with a thick red crayon. He’s got hairy ears, a tiny body, and a miniscule penis hanging down below his shirt. But figuring more prominently is the elephant-like nose that protrudes obscenely from his face.

In Gang (2010) three hobgoblin-like creatures seem to pose for a family photo, while a long-nosed demon lurks behind them. A trio of bald figures looking as emaciated as concentration-camp victims huddle together against a black background in Three (2010), a work that seems to fall somewhere between Expressionism and the gruesome fairy tales of Roald Dahl.

But the overarching sense of anger was at its most palpable in the scribble of black chalk in a 2010 untitled work. In this drawing, two cartoony, witchlike women clench their teeth and go nose-to-nose, eyeball-to-eyeball, locked together like Siamese twins in their fury. This piece, like Boynton’s other works on paper in this disturbing show, is raw and wired and powerfully expressive."

Mona Molarsky
ARTnews, January 2011, p.116

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