John Dilg - Lecture Tonight - Opening Tomorrow

by - October 25, 2012

Clough-Hanson Gallery at Rhodes College is excited to announce its second show of the 2012-2013 season:  John Dilg’s Sources in Another World.

The exhibition will run from October 26 through December 5, 2012.  Please note:  the gallery will be closed November 21 through 26 for the Thanksgiving holiday. 

John Dilg will give a free lecture on his work Thursday, October 25 at 7 pm in Blount Auditorium in Buckman Hall on the Rhodes College campus.

The opening reception for the exhibition will be held on Friday, October 26 from 6-8 pm. 

John Dilg’s abstracted landscape paintings are delicately rendered with an uncanny sensitivity to the surface of the painting.  Subtly nuanced colors are paired with the artist’s careful attention to line to give these intimately scaled paintings a quiet, meditative sense of space.  The exhibition at Clough-Hanson Gallery will include a number of recent paintings as well as a variety of objects that serve as source material for the artist.  They include paintings and drawings made by close friends, vintage postcards, thrift store paint-by-numbers paintings of waterfalls, as well as handmade signs.  The collection at once illustrates the artist’s complex web of influence as well as the framework for the artist’s particular peculiar constructed visual vocabulary.  In his artist statement Dilg writes: “… as a contemporary painter my chief pleasure is to make idiosyncratic constructs, personal souvenirs of something seen before; in this, they are allied to our virtual world, since all souvenirs take their life from that which no longer actually exists. And, finally, if beauty is present it is in the form of a primitive elegance, where “primitive” represents one’s sources and “elegance” his training.  Like the pleasure of rubbing a stone over and over again.”

John Dilg grew up on the north side of Chicago, and received a B.F.A. in Painting and Filmmaking from the Rhode Island School of Design. He is the recipient of a Fulbright Grant to India, a National Endowment for the Arts Senior Artist Fellowship, and Residency Fellowships at the Yaddo Foundation and the Ragdale Foundation. Solo exhibitions include four at Luise Ross Gallery, New York (2000 - 2011) and two at Schmidt Contemporary Art, St. Louis (2004 and 2008). Included among many group exhibitions are Sikkema Jenkins & Co., NY, 2012; Lesley Heller Workspace, NY, 2011; Edward Thorp Gallery, NY, 2010; Art Miami, 2008; Wake Forest University, 2007; Moti Hasson Gallery, NY, 2006; Andrea Rosen Gallery, NY, 2005; Kraushaar Galleries, NY, 2004.  Exhibitions have been reviewed in Art in AmericaThe New York TimesThe New Art ExaminerArtweek, and The Chicago Sun-Times. His work is in the collections of the Arkansas Art Center, the Figge Museum of Art, Illinois State University, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, as well as other institutions. He lives in Iowa City, where he teaches painting and drawing at the University of Iowa.

Clough-Hanson Gallery is located inside Clough Hall on the Rhodes College campus.  The gallery is open from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.  The gallery is closed on Sundays and Mondays.  Admission to the gallery is always free. 

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