Brian Dawn Chalkley

The Untold Depth of Savagery

04/12/2020 - 06/02/2021

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Waiting for the elusive catch (2020)
Pencil, felt tip and thread on cotton pillow case, 75 cm x 65 cm.


 

Top: Waiting for the elusive catch (2020)
Bottom:
Forgotten Embroidery (2020)


Forgotten Embroidery (2020) (detail)


 

Shadows of a forgotten historical melee (2020)
Pencil, felt tip and thread on cotton pillow case, 75 cm x 65 cm.


 

Freud's Study of the Wolfman (2020)
Pencil, felt tip and thread on cotton pillow case, 75 cm x 45 cm.


(ideal) (2020)
Pencil, felt tip and thread on cotton pillow case, 75 cm x 45 cm.


Landscape of future dreams (2020)
Pencil, felt tip and thread on cotton pillow case, 75 cm x 45 cm.


Figure in pink (2020)
Pencil, felt tip and thread on cotton pillow case, 75 cm x 45 cm.


Wounded Courbet alone in his studio (2020)
Pencil, felt tip and thread on cotton pillow case, 75 cm x 45 cm.


The dog barks endless (2020)
Pencil, felt tip and thread on cotton pillow case, 75 cm x 45 cm.


Screen Shot 2020-11-02 at 22.34.38

Manifesto of a Tranny
Performed at De La Warr Pavillion  as part of Cabaret Melancholique curated by Brian Catling (2005)


Brian Dawn Chalkley draws, paints, makes films, dresses up, performs and writes monologues.

The stories she has to tell take place in seedy hotel rooms, lonely apartments, in bars and sex clubs and patches of woodland. Obsession, repression, sexual fantasy, secrets, solitude and a very bleak kind of humour are among the artist’s subjects. The work is full of character, and the character is the artist’s best invention.

The question is not so much who to be today, or what story to tell one-self, so much as whether to hoover or to shoot oneself. The frock is on the hanger, and the revolver is on the table.

Looking at Brian Dawn's work I ask myself who is the stalker, who is the stalked?

Adrian Searle
Guardian Critic

Missing (2018) Installation


Missing (2018) Installation


I Guess I Want Perfection in Everything I Do and a Little Bit More. Maybe That Will Be My Downfall (1999)
Photograph

58.4 x 70.7 cm


Untitled (1999)
Photograph
53.2 x 71 cm (Framed)


Installation at KdMoFA Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei (2017)


There are so many talented people in our crew (1999)


Untitled [Missing] (2018)
Watercolour on paper. 21.0 × 29.7cm.

Untitled [Missing] (2018)
Watercolour on paper. 21.0 × 29.7cm.

Untitled [Missing] (2018)
Watercolour on paper. 21.0 × 29.7cm.

Untitled [Missing] (2018)
Watercolour on paper. 21.0 × 29.7cm.

Life is so good to me right now [Missing] (2018)
Watercolour on paper. 21.0 × 29.7cm.

You really fuck me off big time [Missing] (2018)
Watercolour on paper. 21.0 × 29.7cm.

I am longing for everything that will make me happy [Missing] (2018)
Watercolour on paper. 21.0 × 29.7cm.

I just get so fucked off with everything in my life [Missing] (2018)
Watercolour on paper. 21.0 × 29.7cm.

Brian Dawn Chalkley produced 454 works over a period of a year for this exhibition. To view the full list of works contact mark@lungleygallery.com

Study for The Untold Depth of Savagery (2020)