David Cannon Dashiell1952-1993
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
San Francisco, CA
$10,000 toward Queer Mysteries Revisited: David Cannon Dashiell, an exhibition on the painter with accompanying pamphlet and educational programs, organized by museum curator René de Guzman. Dashiell, whose work explored issues surrounding gay culture and the AIDS epidemic, was born in Tokyo and later moved to California where, in the mid 1970s, he attended CalArts in Valencia. Painting in bold, flat and crisp strokes, Dashiell developed a complex and satirical style that incorporated the seemingly disparate fields of commercial animation with classical mythology and archeology.