MARK MOORE GALLERY presents JOSHUA DILDINE
Project Room: Patti Oleon
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Joshua Dildine, Win the Day, 2013
oil, acrylic, spray paint on canvas
60 x 66 inches (detail)
November 23, 6-8pm
On View Through:
December 21, 2013
Mark Moore Gallery proudly presents Joshua Dildine’s inaugural showing in the main exhibition space. At the intersection of abstraction and photography, Dildine uses seemingly mundane imagery from family photography as a backdrop to his painterly gestures and forms. With the original subjects of the photographs obfuscated by these otherworldly gestures, his work interrogates the relationship between projected nostalgia and the mechanics of memory.
A fixation shared by society at large, the contemplation of past events and relationships ultimately shapes our psychology moving forward – as a flicker of fond reminiscence, ardent shame, or jovial glee can be activated by a single sensory cue. With a purposeful cognizance, Dildine mines these runes for the underlying traits that forge our shared humanity: the humor found in the compromising, the endearment found in the aggravating, or the conflict found in the absent. Like vibrant lens flares or chemical emulsions, varying textures of acrylic, oil, and spray paints transform Dildine’s personal snapshots from the past into new striking compositions. While photos slowly fade, or become lost in a digital void, memories often transmute over time. Dildine’s work employs the ubiquitous aesthetic of twentieth century amateur home photography in contrast with his vigorous applications of bold color palettes and textures. At times, these marks evoke a ghostly presence in the canvas, while other works allude to a visceral outburst. Despite a permeating cultural obsession with the manipulation of digital photography – both in terms of constructed identity and edited reflections of the past – Dildine’s creations feel refreshingly organic, as their composition develops in reaction to the sentiment of the picture. While implying the absurdity of our incessant self-analysis and contemplation of the past, Dildine creates experiences that are at once present and bygone through a purposefully disjointed lens.
Concurrently in the Project Room, the gallery presents "Elsewhere," an exhibition of new work by San Francisco-based painter, Patti Oleon. Predominantly intrigued by light and the tenuous nature of appearances, Oleon begins by taking photographs of public interior spaces devoid of human presence. These often include hotel and apartment lobbies, TV and movie set locations, and museum period rooms - all of which appear disassociated from contemporaneous place and time. Once translated into her illusory oil paintings, these spaces represent an ambiguous reality that delves into viewer's unique psyche and memory
In this exhibition, Oleon debuts a newfound interest in dramatic manipulation and enhancement of objects and settings. Perhaps inspired by the ubiquitous nature of digital augmentation in commonplace imagery, Oleon emphasizes the affecting qualities of atmosphere and illumination rather than a loyalty to pure reality – as if ruminating on the emotional projections we apply to our recollections. Like ornate Rorschach patterns, Oleon's compositions suggest a disjointed narrative familiar to all, but specific to none; mirrored staircases, reversed corridors, and inverted shadows coalesce into kaleidoscopic dwellings rife with evocative allusion. Through their enigmatic allure, Oleon's paintings bridge reality with the surreal, simultaneously discrediting and embracing the idiosyncrasies of the physical world.
Patti Oleon (b. 1954, St. Louis) received both her MFA and BA from UCLA. She has exhibited nationwide at institutions such as Santa Monica Museum of Art (CA), the Zimmer Children's Museum/Jewish Federation of Los Angeles (CA), San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose (CA), Stremmel Gallery (NV), Kidder Smith Gallery (MA), and Sears-Peyton Gallery (NY). Oleon has also twice been the recipient of a Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant, a Guggenheim Foundation Grant, and a Fulbright/DAAD Fellowship among other distinctions and awards. The artist lives and works in San Francisco (CA)
Joshua Dildine (b. 1984, CA), received his MFA from Claremont Graduate University (CA). He has been featured in solo and group exhibitions in Claremont, Culver City, Santa Ana, Berkeley, Oakland, Los Angeles, San Diego, Nashville, and Murfreesboro, as well as the Frederick Weisman Museum of Fine Art (CA). He was also the recipient of the 2010 Claremont Graduate University Award, and has work in the UC Riverside public collection. The artist lives and works in Claremont, CA.
For more information about the exhibition artists, or available work, please feel free to contact the gallery, and we will accommodate your needs. Additionally, you may download a complimentary digital copy of Mark Moore Gallery Statements: 25, featuring Joshua Dildine.
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