Alex Dipple seems to derive her inspiration form prosaic sources, such as daily newspapers, to arrive at something altogether different than a simple skimming of pop culture so often prevalent in contemporary art. This tension between a highly determined source and its re-use as an armature for the support of a phenomenal, painted surface is what is interesting about her work. . Rather that use a tabula rasa for her abstract impulses, Dipple uses already inscribed sources. This is a “given” ground- a shallow apriori that allows for the artist to freely paint without a need for the paint’s application to bear any additional theoretic baggage. Her mode of installation is important too, in extending the painted work into the realm of the phenomenal, almost sculptural object.
There is a certain abject quality to the ephemeral nature of Dipple’s sources in newspapers and other everyday objects, that when painted, figuratively and literally become puckered of a smooth reading. Her work brings up questions of the actual intelligibility of the everyday in contemporary experience. There’s a sense of exhaustion and tragedy in her work that is somewhat rare these days in contemporary art. There is also an attendant poignancy in the artist’s humble attempts to re-paste and reassemble any kind of sense out of the often inscrutable dross of our daily scripts as “given”.
Written by Tom McGlynn
Tom McGlynn is an artist, writer, independent curator and teacher based
in the NYC area. His work is represented in many national and international
collections including the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum, The
Museum of Modern Art, and The Cooper- Hewitt National Design Museum of
the Smithsonian. His art has been reproduced for the cover of Artforum
magazine and featured in articles in the New York Times. His critical writing
has been published in the Brooklyn Rail and in various online arts journals.
Mr. McGlynn has taught as an Assistant Professor at Castleton State College,
Vermont, and has previously been a Visiting Artist Lecturer at the Mason
Gross School of Fine Arts at Rutgers University, NJ. He is currently teaching
at The New School in New York City.
McGlynn's projects take into account the role of the artist in the expanded
field of interdisciplinary practice to include socially oriented sculptural
installation, abstract painting derived from social semiotics, and photography
that blurs the line between qoutidian documentation and abstraction.
CV & Education
Qualifications and training
1991 - BA Hons Degree in Fine Art (Critical Fine Art Practice), Brighton University, Brighton
2014 - Indefinite Article, Prescription Art, Brighton
2013 - Purpose Maker, Galerie Wolkenbank, Rostock, Germany
2011 - A conspiracy of clippings, Campbell Works, London
2006 - A Continuous Line of Dashes and Hyphens, iO Gallery, Brighton
2014 - Chinese Open, Curated by Vanya Balough
2014 - Crossing Lines, Curated by Patrick Morrissey, And Model, Leeds
2013 - Stop. Action. Test Space at Spike Island, Bristol
2013 - Line Drift Loci, Campbell Works, London
2013 - Memphis Social, Multiple Sites in Memphis, Memphis, Tennessee
2012 - Was versteckst Du?, Kunsthalle Kühlungsborn, Kühlungsborn, Germany
2011 - Collagerie, Stew Gallery, Norwich
2008 - Less is More, The Poetics of Erasure, Simon Fraser University Gallery, Vancouver
2007 - Open Show, CUBE, Centre for the Urban Built Environment, Manchester
2007 - Re-Use: Everything Knows Itself, New Forms Festival, VIVO Media Arts Centre, Vancouver
2007 - Turbulence, Surface Gallery, Nottingham
2005 - A Haunting, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester
2005 - The POST Season, The Residence, London, E9
2011 - Artist Talk , Campbell Works, London
2009 - Artist Talk, Thames Valley University, London
Competitions, prizes and awards
2005 - Grants for the Art for Individuals, South East Arts, Brighton Site specific
2009 - Jumpline 1, Prescription Art, Brighton
2009 - Jumpline 2 and 3, Prescription Art, Brighton
2012 - Corridor 8 – Issue 3, Part 3 (soanyway magazine)
2012 - Hesa Inprint
2012 - Soanyway, Before or Since Edition
2011 - Do You Know Delroy? Do You Know Chris?
2011 - Issue #2 Candid Magazine Online