Alex Dipple

Alex Dipple

Artist, Maker

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.
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Location London
Activities Practice-based research, Residencies, Private commissions, Creative writing
Artforms / type of project Project, Installation, Mixed Media, Painting, Sculpture
Tags text, painting, drawing, installation, newspapers, architecture, pattern, construction, reductionism, conceptual