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March 2014

Elder Gallery in Charlotte, NC, Features Works by Matthew Dibble

Elder Gallery in Charlotte, NC, will present a solo exhibit of works by Matthew Dibble, on view from Mar. 7 - 29, 2014. A reception will be held on Mar. 7, from 5-8pm.

Dibble of Cleveland, OH, is the newest addition to Elder Gallery’s stable of American artists. His unique painting style and adventurous technique earned him an invitation to join the gallery.

During a recent interview about his work Dibble stated the following, “Too much thinking can be an obstacle for me when painting; the ‘judge’ always seems to get in the way. My connection can only be found in the moment, and I often come back to a sense of my feet on the floor while painting. During these moments some real work is possible…. As artists, we do much better trying to keep things simple. We do better to compare ourselves solely to ourselves. Self-inventory is useful, while self-condemnation is not. Without calling our whole identity into question, there are inquiries that we can fruitfully ask. How am I developing as an artist? Am I doing the work necessary for me to mature? Did I work today? Yes? Well, that’s good. Working today is what gives us currency and self-respect. There is dignity in work.”

Elder Gallery’s inaugural exhibition of Dibble’s work consists of his powerful abstract paintings constructed of mixed media as well as oil on canvas. A number of small figure cut-outs and collages which have become the basis of his large figurative paintings will be included.

Dibble states, “The way I’m working right now feels very natural and the language makes sense. I was 45 years old before I began to paint well, struggling for many years to find my way. It is a mystery to me why I stayed with it, but all of my work is tied to one thing—a search for meaning.”

For further info check our NC Commercial Gallery listings, call the gallery at 704/370-6337 or visit (www.elderart.com).


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