Kyle Dunn / MATRIX 194

June 7 – September 1, 2024

Kyle Dunn’s luminous paintings dramatize themes of intimacy and alienation. In alluring domestic scenes, men perform everyday rituals against the backdrop of the big city, whose glow shines through the windows of their small apartments. Some of his composite figures sit in quiet contemplation, while others are seemingly caught during romantic encounters. Spatially ambiguous settings collapse interior and exterior worlds—both physical and psychological—inviting us to question the boundaries between public and private, individual and collective. Dunn’s distinctive style blends elements of surrealism and modernist figuration with nods to popular culture and cinema; moments of still life and trompe l’oeil puncture the narrative melodramas, lending subtle humor and a feeling of timelessness to the work. Marking the artist’s first institutional exhibition, Kyle Dunn / MATRIX 194 includes a selection of work from 2022–2023 alongside new paintings made for and in response to the Wadsworth Atheneum.

MATRIX 194 is supported by the Wadsworth Atheneum’s Contemporary Coalition and the Wadsworth Exhibition Fund, supported by the Estates of James Lyon, Karen Kelleher, and Susannah Schickman.

Kyle Dunn, Studio Still Life, 2024. Acrylic on wood panel. Courtesy of the Artist and P·P·O·W, New York. Photo by JSP Art Photography.