Open House with Artist: Saturday, January 29 from 1pm to 6pm
Conceived of by the artist as a bilingual exhibition in both French and English and accompanied by an illustrated bilingual catalogue, Mirror Variations, Dickson Carroll’s most recent show at Addison/Ripley explores a narrative which delves deep into the artist’s subconscious for designs and titles. The twenty mirrors in this exhibition were designed over a period of five months. Once that was accomplished, the meticulous fabrication began. Although the show title is “Mirror Variations”, several other, earlier, more three dimensional works are included in the show for reference.
Combining aspects of Pop Art, Surrealism and Post Modern architecture with whimsy and consummate skill, the artist further refines a decades long, readily identifiable practice, pairing it with an intense twelve-year study of the French language. Carroll’s formal roots as a trained architect were evident in the meticulous drawing which preceded each work. His love of bold color and wood crafting skill are seen throughout.
Titles like “Hither and Yon”, “Alive!” And “Classic Loosening Up” add further insights into the artist’s mind and moods. His “Four Seasons” series reveal an interest in iteration, where each of the four pieces in the series is made from, essentially the same wood parts but painted in such a way as to allow us to enjoy the endless variations that color and patterning can disclose. “On Vacation”, perhaps the most free in its design of the entire collection combines implied movement with flowing designs and long thin strokes. And detailed, as always, Carroll had made sure to paint the edges and backs of each piece augmenting the three dimensional aspects.
One sees in this new work by Dickson Carroll caprice and function hanging together. We see the absolute joy of color and form, echoed in every Variation. Claude Monet said it well, “ Color is my day-long obsession, joy and torment.” A master of his medium, this artist works in that spirit.
The gallery is located in Upper Georgetown at the intersection of Wisconsin Avenue and Reservoir Road and will be open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 until 4 and by appointment.