Pasadena Art Gallery
Pasadena Art Gallery
Artist Calls Accepted Artists
Spokande, Washington USA
My name is Michael Dinning and my piece of artwork is called Flag, which represents a deconstruction of the American Flag. I wanted to create a work about the cultural diversity of America, but also how in our current time the nature of being an American also represents a loss of personal identity – the sacrifice of self for the whole, whether it is desired by the individual, or not. To this extent, the various portraits of people are superimposed by the stars, and each individual is bolted to the overall frame of the flag. Copper wire is stretched in front and between the portraits, representative of the stripes on the American flag, but also hinting at the loss of individuality inherent in the binding of a nation. While diversity is celebrated in our shared history and ideals, the reality of today’s America often means that being different from the majority is not rewarded, often punished, and a significantly more difficult road to take.
The essence and mystery of life is defined by the interplay of those things seen, and those that are not. I have long been intrigued by the idea of trying to depict things that are hidden. My creative process embraces this idea. I utilize a variety of underpainting techniques, which gives depth to the painted image, and as a way to give a nod to the complexity that lies under a common skin. I also like to show all of the hardware used to construct the artwork, and use the nuts and bolts of creation as artistic elements. In this way those things normally hidden during the creative process become part of the finished artwork, hopefully furthering the artistic aims of the piece, as well as grounding the artwork in the constructive process. I have always felt that painting and sculpture are, along with the creative vision, something to be built, and my love of that constructive process drives my work as much as realizing a coherent, complex and compelling artistic expression.
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