The Language Of Silence- New Works by Jack Dale & Duane Ditty
Opening Reception Saturday July 13, 7 – 10 pm
Duane Ditty Minneapolis, MN
Duane Ditty is an artist interested in industrial scale, and the landscape surrounding his artist studio in Northeast Minneapolis. The areas warehouses, railroad tracks bridges crossing the Mississippi River provide rich source material for his work. Preliminary large graphite drawings laid the groundwork for his paintings, which have a strong linear structure and a quality of drawing with the brush. Drawing continues to be an important exercise and inspiration for his paintings.
Ditty’s paintings are large scale and contemplative in nature. He sees painting as a very physical act and works on a human scale on large canvasses. During the painting process he repeatedly lays out a linear under
structure, working with controlled yet painterly layers which emphasize the surface of the canvas. His method of working and reworking the surfaces develops spatial depth and a visible sense of process. The physical act of painting is his way of searching for an image; an image which is contemplative yet maintains a strong physical presence. His paintings manifest architectonic form while maintaining openness, fluidity, and light. Though rigorous, his works are also very sensual.
Jack Dale Minneapolis, MN
Jack Dale is an abstract expressionist oil painter. He is a mark-maker constantly digging for an image that will define his work. Although composition, line, and texture are all important elements in Dale’s painting, it is his masterful use of color that is the most fascinating. His paintings linger in the mind, and continue to evoke feelings long after being viewed.
Jack attended the University of Minnesota on a hockey scholarship and played on the 1968 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team. He also played three years as a professional before an injury ended his hockey career. The good fortune of this experience is that it led him to turn his art and he has been painting ever since.