Dawn Clements

Selected works by Dawn Clements

Dawn Clements


Sumi ink on paper

298.5 x 1029 cm

Dawn Clements’ works use drawing as a way to document and describe durational experiences: watching a film, for instance. Employing a painstaking precision of description and often writing notes directly onto the paper, Clements uses the act of drawing as a parallel to remembering: these are aides-memoires, attempts to hold transient things in the mind. Like the tracking shots of cinema, they sweep through interiors, gathering visual information, but by eliding the human presence, abstract place and setting from their narrative contexts.

Dawn Clements
Untitled (Colour Kitchen)


Gouache on paper

302.25 x 458 cm

The act of the film’s being remembered – the emotional and intellectual associations within the artist’s mind – is Clements’ real subject. Travels with Myra Hudson, for example, takes Joan Crawford’s 1952 film Sudden Fear as its subject, in which Crawford plays the character of the drawing’s title. Travelling from left to right, Clements’ drawing parallels both the literal journey that drives the film forward – from Hudson’s book-lined study, down a sudden staircase, into the compartment of a zooming train – and the movement of Clements’ own recollections of the film, where certain details gain stronger purchase in the memory than others.

Dawn Clements
Travels With Myra Hudson


Sumi ink on paper

304.8 x 1,402.8 cm

Similarly, the gouache on paper work Untitled (Colour Kitchen) began as a way to sustain the memory of something transient: in this case, a gift of roses from a friend. In drawing the roses, Clements found her work expanding through the desire to capture the roses’ immediate surroundings: a table, a lamp, the wall and the pictures on it, a patterned curtain. The work’s voraciousness – its apparently inexhaustible hunger to immortalise visual pleasure against the omissions and slippages of human memory – makes it a testament, of sorts, to the joys of looking. In Clements’ work, everything connects: the drawn line is like a thread that binds the present to the past.

Text by Ben Street

Dawn Clements's Biography

Dawn Clements
Born in 1958, Woburn, Massachusetts, USA
Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY


Dawn Clements, New Work, with Sculptures by Marc Leuthold, Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY

Dawn Clements: Sint-Trudoabdij, Maele Castle, Bruges Belgium

Still Life, Hales Gallery, London, England
Home Sick, Acme Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Boiler, The Boiler, Brooklyn, NY

Portrait Rooms, Mark W. Potter Gallery at the Taft School, Watertown, CT

Conditions of Desire, Pierogi, Leipzig, Germany

Conditions of Desire, Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY
Movie, John and June Allcott Gallery, The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Art Now; Dawn Clements, Middlebury College Museum of Art, Middlebury, VT
Dawn Clements; Recent Drawings, Herter Art Gallery, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Drawing, Pierogi, Brooklyn
Feigen Contemporary, New York

Drawing, Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY

Drawings, Greene Gallery, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY

Albany Center Galleries, Albany, NY


Ballpoint Pen Drawing Since 1950, Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT

Making Room: The Space Between Two & Three Dimensions, Mass MoCA, North Adams, MA (Feb 25, 2012–Jan 2, 2013)
11th National Drawing Invitational: New York, Singular Drawings, Curated by Charlotta Kotik, Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR
seven @ SEVEN, The Boiler, Brooklyn, NY
Inside Outside / Outside In, Lesley Heller Gallery, New York, NY
Cinema, Voorkamer, curated by Rik de Boe, Lier, Belgium

Susan Rethorst: RETRO-(intro)SPECTIVE, curated by Melinda Ring, Danspace Project, New York, NY
Works on Paper, Acme Gallery, LA, CA
Paper Variables, Dieu Donné, New York, NY
Subjective Objective, Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY
After School Special, University Art Museum, Albany, NY

Contemporary, American Drawing, Xiang Art Museum, Sheng Zheng, China
Stranger than Fiction, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA
Art on Paper 2010, Weatherspoon Art Museum, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro, NC
Whitney Biennial 2010, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

Same Sweet Dream, Dieu Donne, New York, Curated by Martina Batan
Contemporary Large-Scale Drawings from the West Collection, Pollock Gallery, Southern
Methodist University, Dallas, TX
Modernizing Melodrama, Carleton College, Northfield, MN

Edward Hopper and Contemporary Art, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria
Curated by Gerald Matt and Ilse Lafer
Light, Seeking Light, Western Bridge, Seattle, WA
Pierogi et al, Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Los Angeles
Uncanny Drawings, Porta 33; Colecção Madeira Corporate Services

Nieuwe Collectie, Wuyts Van Campen Museum, Lier, Belgium, Curated by Rik de Boe
Per Square Foot, Benefit Auction and Inaugural Exhibition, Dieu Donné
Cosmologies, James Cohan Gallery, New York, NY
Continuum, The ‘temporary Museum of Painting, Brooklyn, NY
Come One, Come All, 3rd Ward, Brooklyn, NY

Storylines, Snug Harbor, 4-person show, Staten Island, NY
The Ink Painting Biennial, Taipei, Taiwan
Twice Drawn, Wachenheim Gallery, Tang Museum, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY
The Means Justified, Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, CT
Our Town: Artists on Architecture, HUT (Hudson Untitled Foundation), Hudson, NY, Curated by David Scher
Double Monde, CIAC Gallery, Pont-Aven, France
Group Exhibition, PIEROGI Leipzig, Germany
Available (A Still Life Show), Monya Rowe Gallery, New York
Curated by Angela Dufresne and Monya Rowe
Drawing Conclusions on the Wall, Guggenheim Gallery, Chapman University
The Space Between Us, University Art Museum, University at Albany, New York

DRAWN 2: Contemporary Drawings, Schick Art Gallery, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY
Galerie Rolf Hengesbach, Koln, Germany
True North, Miami Int’l Airport, Miami, FL
SAFN Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland

2In Door Out, ACME Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (organized in collaboration with Chip Tom)
Vacation Nation, Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY
The Drawn Page, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum and Hersam-Acorn Newspapers, Ridgefield, CT
Score! Action Drawing, White Columns, curated by Marisa Olson, New York
Story/Line, New Langton Art Center, San Francisco, CA. Curated by Robert Harshorn Shimshak
Open House; Working in Brooklyn, The Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY
Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture, The American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York
AMP, The Pierogi Flat File Project, The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA

Explaining Magic, Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Silver, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Some Panoramas, curated by Paul Hedge, Pump House Gallery, London.
In Heat, Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY
Pierogi Presents, curated by Joe Amrhein, Bernard Toale Gallery, Boston, MA
The Incredible Lightness of Being, curated by Phong Bui, Black & White Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Next Next Wave, curated by Dan Cameron, Brooklyn Academy of Music
Home Sweet Home, curated by Lisa Young, Firehouse Gallery, Garden City NY
25th Anniversary Selections, The Drawing Center, New York, NY
Boiled or Fried, Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY
Ratio 3, Brooklyn, NY
Self-Portraits, from the Collection of Bill and Ruth True, The Wright Exhibition Space, Seattle, WA
Drawings, Greene Art Gallery, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY
Harlem Flophouse, curated by Rene Calvo, New York, NY

Harlem Flophouse, curated by Rene Calvo, New York, NY

Superduper New York, Pierogi 2000, Brooklyn, NY

Second Skin, curated by Corinna Ripps, The University Art Museum, Albany, NY

Let Me Be Frank, (set design and production), Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center, NY, NY
Mohawk-Hudson Regional, curated by Dan Cameron, The University Art Museum, Albany, NY
New York State Biennial, curated by Ken Johnson, The New York State Museum, Albany, NY
Skidmore College Faculty Exhibition, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY
Berkshire Art Association Exhibition, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY
Four Lives to Live, curated by Sharon Bates, Mercer Gallery, Rochester, NY
Sub Rosa, Joyce Goldstein Gallery, New York, NY
Mohawk-Hudson Regional Exhibition, curated by Jock Reynolds, The Albany Institute of
History and Art, Albany, NY
Downtown Troy Window Project, Four Lives to Live, Site 2, Troy, NY

Side Show, curated by Karen Kimmel, New York, NY
Protective Covering, curated by Michael Oatman, Colburn Gallery, Burlington, VT
Gallery Rebolloso, Minneapolis, MN
Body Count, curated by Corinna Ripps, Russell Sage College Gallery, Troy, NY
Gradus ad Parnassum, curated by Michael Neff, Kunsthaus Welker, Heidelberg, Germany
Codex, curated by Corinna Ripps, The University Museum, Albany, NY
Drawing’94, Explorations, Sharadin Art Gallery, Kutztown University, Kutztown, PA

The Venice Bienniale: Aperto ’93, Venice, Italy
Anxious Art, Bernard Toale Gallery, Boston, MA
The Return of the Cadavre Exquis, (traveling exhibition), Drawing Center, New York,
NY, The Corcoran Gallery, Washington, DC, American Center, Paris, France,
and other locations
Gallery Rebolloso, Minneapolis, MN
Volume 1, curated by Andrew Boardman, Boulevard Project Space, Albany, NY

Selections/ Winter ’92, The Drawing Center, New York, NY
Resuscaitating Still Life, a collaborative installation with students of Berkshire Community
College, Koussevitsky Gallery, Pittsfield, MA