The gallery is proud to announce Joshua Dildine‘s first solo exhibition in New York City, taking place at Freight + Volume ; May 21 – June 20, 2015. An opening reception will be held from 6-9pm on May 21st in celebration of this show.
Titled, “Notating Hi Pops,” the exhibition casts a wry and languid glance at appropriation, and picking up where the “Pictures” generation left off. Says the gallery:
“Dildine’s new paintings have a reckless yet controlled flair, which utilize autobiographical family album photographs – including prom pictures, wedding pictures, baby’s first step, vacation memories, etc. – and turn sentiment and nostalgia on its head. His visceral gesture and accelerated brushstroke are loaded with sensual energy, harkening to the Ab-Ex days of pure delight and mystery in paint, yet placing these gestures on top of faded, kitchy, sometimes cloying memorabilia. The fifties photo meets the fifties painting yet the end result inhabits a quintessentially new timeline – an artist’s 2015 Facebook universe gone awry.
Dildine also toys with perspective quite literally. In works humorously titled (a la Ogden Nash or E.E. Cummings’ poems), ‘Dang Darn Pad and Odd’ and ‘A Bad Dodger Shunts Tot,’ the artist turns the horizon upside down and suggests an implosion of worlds colliding: interior facing off with exterior. The brushstroke careens this way and that and leads us in and out of memory, into the present and beyond. Like a Jetson’s tour through Ab-Ex painting, Dildine seems to say – ‘buckle up and follow me through a Cliff Notes speed read of 50s, 60s ,70s and even 80s expressionism – and hang on tight.’ It’s a Fun House hall of mirrors and we, as viewers, are simply along for the ride, roller coaster style, with the artist as our fearless guide.”
Dildine (b. 1984, CA), received his MFA from Claremont Graduate University (CA). He has been featured in group exhibitions in Oakland, Los Angeles, San Diego, and Murfreesboro, as well as the Frederick Weisman Museum of Fine Art (CA). His work is included in the public collection of the Sweeney Art Gallery, University of California Riverside (Riverside, CA). He was also the recipient of the 2010 Claremont Graduate University Award. The artist lives and works in Claremont, CA.