Date(s) - 05/23/2019
Arts On Grand
The work you see here represents my expressive efforts toward the landscape, a subject that I’ve explored since 1976. These works, while finished during the last six years, get their inspiration from my own work of some thirty years ago and that of Richard Diebenkorn during his Berkley years. The experience in 2013 of seeing how Diebenkorn’s work was affected by several important artists from history gave me the license to strike out in a direction that was a blend of my own earlier work and the energy I saw in Diebenkorn’s.
As this series of paintings developed I expected each of them to progressively inspire the works that were to follow. It has since become an exciting challenge to resolve reminders of Diebenkorn’s work with memories of my own of many years ago and find ownership in a new expressive body of paintings. It has further proved to be a “moving forward” endeavor as I continue to explore meaningful expressions of the intersections of the land and its inhabitants.
It is my intention to suggest that a human relationship to the landscape goes both ways and that the relationship has become, at times, adversarial and one of more tension than we might like to admit. This is the result. -Dennis Dykema