David Dunlap

Mills College Art Museum

Though a number of artists have specialized in making artwork that draws from the constant inner monologue of consciousness, for David Dunlap this process has become the core of a practice based on the paradoxical precept that the more we pay attention to our thoughts, emotions, and perceptions, “the more we don’t know.” This entrancing, equivocal ·world view was apparent in every detail of This is Always Finished, 1995, a complicated, encyclopedic image-text installation that sprawled through the gallery with a kind of faux-naive charm. The main elements were furnished by Dunlap’s journals—pocket-sized notebooks, of which he has filled more than 400 to date, as well as larger bound books full of drawings and writings. In this installation, not only were many of the small journals displayed closed in handsome, glass-fronted cases, but a series of individually framed, dated pages, each one

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