CAVS Fellow Solo Exhibition Dan Dailey: Character Sketch

Dan Dailey Individual " Dan Dailey (American b. 1947) Dubious from the series Individuals, 2011 Blown, sandblasted, and acid-polished glass; metal Lent by the artist Photography by Bill Truslow ©Dan Dailey
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Glass artist and CAVS Fellow Dan Dailey will create a unique mural at Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, Virginia. This new work coincides with his exhibition, Dan Dailey: Character Sketch, which will be on view until June 14, 2020.

From the Chrysler Museum:

Known as one of the most unique voices within the field of contemporary glass, Dan Dailey pairs an industrial palette with precise draftsmanship and technical craftsmanship to produce his figurative artwork.

Subjective and narrative in nature, his pieces are inspired by the human character and based upon his direct observation of the world. Dan Dailey: Character Sketch, on view at the Chrysler Museum of Art February 21–June 14, 2020, will include thirty-three works by the artist.

Dailey is renowned for his keen observation, sense of humor, and wit. In his quest to comment on human nature and society, he deftly captures and conveys the essence of various moods and actions. He makes no attempt at realism and renders figures in a way that reveals their emotions and thoughts. With a unique graphic sensibility and Art Deco quality, Dailey creates classic symbols representing a type of person or expressing an essential quality of character.

The Chrysler’s exhibition will span Dailey’s forty-year career and include blown and hot-worked glass vases and sculpture; glass cane murals; and wall reliefs made from Vitrolite, industrial colored glass that was only made between 1900–1947. Original drawings will also be on view, demonstrating the embedded nature of drawing in Dailey’s working process. Dailey is guided by the properties of liquid glass in his approach to traditional artistic formats like vases, busts, and landscape painting. He articulates his perceptions and thoughts about humanity through the medium of glass, pushing the material to new frontiers in order to tell stories about human nature.