Past Exhibition

The Irony of Capacity: A Dark, Black Comedy

Kyrae Dawaun

December 16, 2023–January 27, 2024

Kyrae Dawaun’s solo exhibition The Irony of Capacity: A Dark, Black Comedy is his play on the realist tradition. Dawaun’s latest body of work offers an array of quotidian abstractions in sculpture, and trials of look-alike jokes via portraiture. In Dawaun’s paintings, celebrities and pop culture icons are rendered through a lens of the mundane. Sculptural prompts and domestic fixtures set the stage for the familiar figures. From residues of spring cherries to reliquaries of grapeseed reduction, Dawaun’s series of organi seasonal sculptures demonstrate black as rich in color and complex in form.


Kyrae Dawaun (b. New York, NY; lives and works in Washington, DC) earned his MFA at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA (2020), and BFA at the Corcoran College of Art and Design, Washington, DC (2013).


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Thursday, January 4, 6–7pm

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Saturday, December 16, 5–7pm

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