John Dilg


May 6 - Jun 24, 2017

mild climate presents John Dilg: Paintings.

“Ariel was glad he had written his poems/They were of a remembered time

/Or of something seen that he liked . .” (“Planet on the Table” - Wallace Stevens)

The paintings in this exhibition project images whose home is the natural landscape. They may be seen as souvenirs, objects that can contain memories. But one can also say that by creating memory the souvenir acts to stop time. A “past” occurrence remains in a continual present, subverting nostalgia.

In general, the artist is interested in the visually iconic as a reductive image that can relay coded meanings. Time and memory, as contained and revealed in the object, become chief descriptors of meaning.

The language of the pictorial, especially as realized in painting, is an ahistorical “constant” with as much potential for the poignant as the verbal but, in the quiet (space) of a picture, can aspire to a broader sense of time.

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John Dilg 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 Individual Artist Fellowship, and three Residency Fellowships at the Yaddo Foundation. Recent solo and two-person exhibitions include Taymour Grahne Gallery, NY, 2016; Jeff Bailey Gallery, Hudson, NY, (2-P), 2014; Steven Zevitas Gallery, Boston, 2013-14; Regina Rex, Queens, NY, (2-P), 2013, Luise Ross Gallery, NY, 2000-2011; Schmidt Contemporary Art, St. Louis, 2004 and 2008; and Rhodes College, Memphis, 2012. Group exhibitions include Spring Break, NY, 2017; Ortega y Gasset Projects, Brooklyn, NY, 2016; Whitespace Gallery, Atlanta, 2015; Planthouse, NY, 2013; Sikkema Jenkins & Co., NY, 2012; Lesley Heller Workspace, NY, 2011; Edward Thorp Gallery, NY, 2010; and Wake Forest University, 2007.

Dilg lives and works in Iowa and has been a visiting artist at more than 40 institutions, including Yale University, the University of Pennsylvania, Sarah Lawrence College, The University of Chicago and Stanford University. 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, and several other public institutions. Reviews include Art in America, New York Times, Hyperallergic, Huffington Post, Boston Globe, and New Art Examiner.