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Rick Dingus

Journey Within, near San Ysidro, New Mexico
1987, printed 1988
gelatin silver print with graphite additions
16 x 20 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the Consolidated Natural Gas Company Foundation

An abandoned back pack, left outside while its owner descends into an ancient crater, is symbolic of an inner quest for adventure and enlightenment. Dingus’s first calling as a painter and draftsman echoes in his application of graphite scribblings to the finished print. Dingus makes a powerful statement as he humorously combines traditional landscape and chance encounters.