A little bit Warhol and a little bit outlaw, Dunn the Signtologist (aka Dan Ericson) uses street signs as his canvases, painting graffiti-style portraits on their angular and reflective surfaces. How he gets the signs in the first place is better not discussed, and the underground aura of this work once made it difficult to place in galleries.
But over the years, Dunn's garnered a rep with hip-hop stars who collect his pieces as well as the local art world. That's thanks in part to his friend, art curator Eric Matelski, who long ago took a chance on the street-sign oeuvre and features Dunn's work in annual August shows at the MacSpa gallery space. Well, it's August, and like clockwork, Dunn will be in the house when his 2013 MacSpa show opens tonight with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. The exhibit will remain on view through the end of the month; visit MacSpa online for details, or go to the Signtologist's website.
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