by Laura Hutson
This just in from Lipscomb art prof Rocky Horton: On Oct. 7 at 6 p.m., Lipscomb University will host an art opening for Joshua Dildine. Why should you pay attention? Because Dildine makes work that will grab you — think late-’90s Mark Romanek video stills overpainted by Jose Parla or Harmony Korine — but also because Lipscomb secretly harbors one of the hippest art programs in Nashville, name-checking Daniel Johnston and Nick Cave among its recent visitors.
Read Dildine's artist statement and bio after the jump, and scroll through more images of his work while you're at it.
Merging archival autobiographical photographs with viciously gestural painting, Joshua Dildine confronts the subject of conventional recollection. 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. His painterly swaths are as visceral as the family photos they conceal, his vivid palette alluding to the glaring absurdity of our incessant self-analysis and contemplation of the past. Through a carefully disjointed lens, Dildine creates experiences that are at once present and bygone, and whimsically harnesses the contemporaneous nature of our being.
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 Murfressboro, as well as the Frederick Weisman Museum of Fine Art (CA). He was also the recipient of the 2010 Claremont Graduate University Award. The artist lives and works in Claremont, CA.