Untitled #48

  • James F. Dicke II, Untitled #48, 2009, mixed media on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Marsha Ralls, 2010.19.1, © 2009, James F. Dicke II

James F. Dicke II finds inspiration for his art in nature, specifically images of galaxies produced by the Hubble Space Telescope. In Untitled #48, the canvas’s circular shape re-creates the feeling of looking through a telescope. To make these paintings, Dicke 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.
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
Title
Untitled #48
Artist
Date
2009
Location
Dimensions
48 in. (121.9 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Marsha Ralls

Mediums
Mediums Description
mixed media on canvas
Classifications
Keywords
  • Abstract
Object Number
2010.19.1
Palette
Linked Open Data
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