John Dilg

Features

October 19–November 16, 2019



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John Dilg. Features, Installation view, Steve Turner, 2019

John Dilg. Features, Installation view, Steve Turner, 2019

John Dilg. Features, Installation view, Steve Turner, 2019

John Dilg. Features, Installation view, Steve Turner, 2019

John Dilg. Features, Installation view, Steve Turner, 2019

John Dilg. Features, Installation view, Steve Turner, 2019

John Dilg. Features, Installation view, Steve Turner, 2019

John Dilg. Drawn from the Rocky Breasts (E.B.), 2019. Oil on canvas 14 x 18 inches (35.6 x 45.7 cm)

John Dilg. Lost Lake, 2019. Oil on canvas 14 x 18 inches (35.6 x 45.7 cm)

John Dilg. Strangers, 2017. Oil on canvas 14 x 18 inches (35.6 x 45.7 cm)

John Dilg. Cedar Bleeding, 2019. Oil on canvas 12 x 16 inches (30.5 x 40.6 cm)

John Dilg. Driving Through, 2012. Oil on canvas 14 x 11 inches (35.6 x 27.9 cm)

John Dilg. Historical Fiction, 2019. Oil on canvas 11 x 14 inches (27.9 x 35.6 cm)

John Dilg. Permission, 2019. Oil on canvas 11 x 14 inches (27.9 x 35.6 cm)

John Dilg. Savant, 2014. Oil on canvas 11 x 14 inches (27.9 x 35.6 cm)

John Dilg. Arterial Resources, 2019. Colored pencil on arches 6 x 8 inches (15.2 x 20.3 cm)

John Dilg. Half Dome Melting, 2019. Colored pencil on arches 6 x 8 inches (15.2 x 20.3 cm)

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Steve Turner is pleased to present Features, a solo exhibition by Iowa City-based John Dilg which consists of new paintings that are meditations on land, memory, beauty and danger. According to Dilg, “These are not ‘landscape paintings.’ Rather, they are intended as records of a tendency to view and remember, in an abstract, metaphoric language, my relationship with the land. One’s memory of the land is a reservoir of abstractions, a mental archive of visual forms; it functions as a personal framework in service to both survival and the restorative possibilities of the ‘beauty’ found in natural encounters.”

John Dilg earned a BFA at Rhode Island School of Design, Providence (1969) and was a Fulbright Scholar at Lalit Kala Akademi, New Dehli (1972). He has had numerous solo and two-person exhibitions over the last forty years, most recently at Devening Projects, Chicago (2018); Taymour Grahne, New York (2016); Tony Folliard Gallery, Milwaukee (2015); Jeff Bailey Gallery, Hudson (2014) and Steven Zevitas Gallery, Boston (2013). Dilg was a professor of art at the University of Iowa from 1975 to 2017. This is his first solo exhibition in Los Angeles and his first with Steve Turner.


Born 1945, Evanston, Illinois
Lives and works in Iowa City

Education

1969 BFA, Rhode Island School of Design

Selected Solo & Two-Person Exhibitions

2019
Features, Steve Turner, Los Angeles
Perspex: American Shift, Frederico Luger, Milan
Understanding Poetry, Ford Center for Fine Arts, Illinois
2018
Deep Water Prairie, Devening Projects, Chicago
2016
Natural Memory, Taymour Grahne, New York
2015
Blue Smoke, Tory Folliard, Milwaukee
2014
John Dilg and Pete Schulte, Jeff Bailey Gallery, New York
2013
This Land is Your Land, Steven Zevitas Gallery, Boston
John Dilg and Karsten Krejcarek, Regina Rex Gallery, New York
2012
Sources in Another World, Clough-Hanson Gallery, Memphis
2011
Primitive Pets, Luise Ross Gallery, New York
2008
Recent Work, Schmidt Contemporary Art, St. Louis
2007
Natural Re-Visions, Luise Ross Gallery, New York
2004
Recent Paintings, Schmidt Contemporary Art, St. Louis
2002
Recent Paintings, Luise Ross Gallery, New York
2001
Art Academy of Cincinnati
2000
Luise Ross Gallery, New York
1996
Evanston Art Center, Evanston
1991
Connecticut College, New London, Connecticut
1983
Sheldon Museum of Art, Lincoln, Nebraska
1982
Blackfish Gallery, Portland, Oregon
1980
Carolyn Schneebeck Gallery, Cincinnati

Selected Group Exhibitions

2018
Yevgenia Baras, John Dilg, Matt Phillips, Jeff Bailey Gallery, Hudson, New York
2017
Green, Jeff Bailey Gallery, Hudson, New York
Spring Break, New York
Between geometric abstraction and gestural figuration, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Villafames, Spain
2016
Dallas Art Fair (with Jeff Bailey Gallery), Texas
Lunacy, Ortega y Gasset Projects, Brooklyn
Big Art/Small Scale, Philip Slein Gallery, St. Louis
2015
Soft Eyes, Whitespace, Atlanta
Faculty Show, Figge Museum, Davenport, Iowa
Community of Influence, Spencer Brownstone Gallery, New York
Nebraska Wesleyan University, Rogers Center for Fine Arts, Lincoln, Nebraska
2014
Soft Eyes (with Regina Rex Gallery), NADA Art Fair, New York
2013
Plus 1, Planthouse, New York
The Modern Lanscape, Tory Golliard Gallery, Milwaukee
2012
The Big Picture, Sikkema Jenkins & Co. Gallery, New York
Bred and Fed, Martos Gallery, New York
Bred and Fed, BS Gallery, Iowa City
2011
Head Case, Lesley Heller Workspace, New York
Small, Luise Ross Gallery, New York
2010
Turning Over a New Leaf: Selected Botanical Works, Edward Thorpe Gallery, New York
mussstaaangg Salllllly, TCB Art, Melbourne
2009
Pretty Strange, Luise Ross Gallery, New York
2008
Schmidt Contemporary Art, Art Miami
2007
Marks from the Matrix, Normal Editions, Illinois State University
Rare Birds, Luise Ross Gallery, New York
Idiosyncrasy and Artistic Vision, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem
2006
Twist It Twice, Moti Hasson Gallery, New York
Fun, Luise Ross Gallery, New York
2005
A Selection of Works from the Luise Ross Gallery, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York
New Location, Luise Ross Gallery, New York
2004
Foliage, Kraushaar Galleries, New York
The Green Exhibition, The Esther Klein Art Gallery, Philadelphia
Collectors’ Show, Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson
2003
Gallery Group, Luise Ross Gallery, New York
2002
The Contemporary Landscape, Delta Axis Gallery, Memphis
2001 Faulconer Gallery, Grinnell College, Iowa
Illinois Arts Council, Artstour Program, Normal Editions Workshop
2000 Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines

Selected Bibliography

2016
Hyperallergic, “With an Eye to Our Common Future”, John Yau
2014
The Boston Globe, “‘This Land’ is small land”, Cate McQuaid
2013
Essay accompanying Regina Rex exhibition “John Dilg and Karsten Krejcarek”, Terri C. Smith
2012
New York Times, Weekend Arts “Like Watching Paint Thrive”, Roberta Smith
GO Memphis, “Memphis’ top exhibitions rife with revelations”, Fredric Koeppel
The Commercial Appeal, GO Memphis “Dilg: Understated magnificence”, Frederic Koeppel
The Memphis Flyer “Painter’s Painter”, Dwayne Butcher
Huffington Post, Arts and Culture, “Shoot the Lobster”, Kari Adelaide
2011
MAKE Magazine, review of Luise Ross Gallery exhibition, Stacey Johnson
2008
The Iowa Source, ARTS “Regional Art Revolution: The Little ICON That Could”, Jim Weidle
St. Louis Post-Dispatch “John Dilg: Recent Work”, David Bonetti
Riverfront Times (St. Louis), “Art Capsules”, Malcolm Gay
2007
Winston-Salem Journal “Old, New, Borrowed . . .”, Tom Patterson
2006
River Cities’ Reader “A Door Left Open”, Terry Rathje
2004
Philadelphia Weekly “Green Room”, Roberta Fallon
Artblog “Code green”, Roberta Fallon and Libby Rosof
St. Louis Post- Dispatch “Three galleries offer vitality and variety (John Dilg)”, David Bonetti
Riverfront Times (St. Louis), “John Dilg: Recent Paintings”, Ivy Cooper
2002
Art in America “John Dilg at Luise Ross”, Edward Leffingwell
2001
The Zephyr (Galesburg), Art View “The work of John Dilg”, Paulette Thenhaus
New Art Examiner, Reviews “Patient Process”, Wes Lockwood
St. Louis Post-Dispatch “John Dilg: ‘Perfect Memories’”, Jeff Daniels
2000
The New York Times “Art Guide – Galleries: Soho”, Ken Johnson
Des Moines Art Center, Iowa Artists “Iowa Artists 2000”, Jeff Fleming