Approved: 14.08.2007

Alex Dipple

Artist, Maker

Approved: 14.08.2007

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

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  • Location: London
  • Activities: Practice-based research, Residencies, Private commissions, Creative writing
  • Categories: Project, Installation, Mixed Media, Painting, Sculpture
  • Tags: text, painting, drawing, installation, newspapers, architecture, pattern, construction, reductionism, conceptual
 
 

Biography

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

Solo exhibitions

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

Curated projects

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

Artist talks

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

Publications

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