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Dike Blair

Painter / Sculptor / Writer

1/5: How to light sculptures and paintings

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Dike Blair

Painter / Sculptor / Writer

2/5: Hudson River School painters

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Dike Blair

Painter / Sculptor / Writer

3/5: Noguchi's Perfect Lamp

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Dike Blair

Painter / Sculptor / Writer

4/5: Relieving tedium with words and music.

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Dike Blair

Painter / Sculptor / Writer

5/5: going along with the camera  

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Dike Blair has seen it all - finding the small unseen spaces amongst our congested visual landscape and rendering them in all their stunning banality. Based in New York, Dike is fascinated with the proliferation of glass reflections and luminosity that pervades his everyday life. His sculptural works, installations and paintings all present combinations of natural light, bright flashes and incandescent swathes - a sort of 21st century rebuke to chiaroscuro.

Lighting plays a key role in his sculptural works - from his early installations which used nightclub neons to works that include their own light source. The sculpture (IN) out (2008) even included a Noguchi lamp - a lighting fixture taken straight from Dike’s own lounge-room. The inclusion of these readymade elements is a blissfully irony free statement: why bring a lamp into being when an perfect one already exists?

Since the mid 80s, Dike has continually worked on modestly scaled (but highly detailed) gouaches rendered from photographs. Looking toward the corners and ceilings of his home and immediate surroundings, they appear like an inventory of details from Edward Hoppers 1950s interiors. Devoid of people, filled with plastic cups, acrylic textures and beads of condensation, they are dramatic without being melodramatic. Emphasis is placed on the act of painting itself - and the investment of labour slows the eye’s journey across the canvas.

A well regarded writer, interviewer and teacher, Dike deals well with the disjunct between words and gestures. His collection "Again: Selected Interviews and Essays" was published by WhiteWalls in 2007 and he is currently on faculty at the Rhode Island School of Design. His contribution to contemporary art is humble, striking and well worth a second look.

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