Untitled #21

  • James F. Dicke II, Untitled #21, 2009, mixed media on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, © 2009, James F. Dicke II, Gift of Marsha Ralls, 2010.19.2

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"The artwork I find interesting, and the art I try to make engages interest and tries to stop the viewer for a closer look. A certain element of ambiguity and beauty should address the senses. Is the image abstract or representational? Is it a view through a microscope or a view of space spanning millions of miles?" Artist's statement
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James F. Dicke II finds inspiration for his art in nature, specifically images of galaxies produced by the Hubble Space Telescope. To create his paintings, he attaches the canvas to a potter's wheel and carefully pools drops of paint onto the surface. He then spins the canvas so that centrifugal force pulls the beads of paint outward from the center. In Untitled #21 the partially blended layers of saturated color streak away from the dark blue central shape, evoking light emerging from deep space.

Untitled #21
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40 x 30 in. (101.6 x 76.2 cm)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Marsha Ralls

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mixed media on canvas
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