For centuries, painters have used the rectangle as the accepted way to present their work. Much like actual windows, replications of the real were painted on these convenient portable shapes. This presentation mode remains the predictable norm for a painting. My recent work dismisses this premise and although at times I use rectangles, they are incorporated into an overall non-window approach. They are paintings that require the viewer to abandon the window and experience the work as an object. I want my work to be in the present. My intention is to make the experience of seeing my work emotionally moving and cause one to expand their idea of what a painting can be. Surprise and delight are fundamental to my work. Although I typically do not reference the physical world, at times an idea presents itself and I respond. Hollow core door is the substrate.
Dean Dablow was born in 1946 in Superior, Wisconsin. His undergraduate training was at the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point and he received his MFA from University of Iowa, Iowa City in 1974. He began his teaching career in 1976 as the head of the Photography Program at Louisiana Tech University finishing his career as the School of Art’s Director from 1997-2007. He retired at the rank of Professor Emeritus. Since his retirement, he has returned to creating unique shaped paintings, a medium he was working with undergraduate school. He was chosen to participate in two Artist Residency programs, once in 2007 sponsored by the Jentel Foundation, Banner, Wyoming, and again in 2011 sponsored by the Colorado Art Ranch, Salida, CO. He received Artist Fellowships from the Southern Arts Federation/National Endowment for the Arts, Atlanta, GA and theLouisiana Division of the Arts, Baton Rouge, LA. His work has been in sixty-three juried exhibitions and over forty solo and invitational exhibitions He is the author of The rain are fallin: A Search for the People and Places Photographed by the Farm Security Administration in Louisiana, 1935-1943, published by Scrub Jay Press, Tollhouse, CA, 2001.
The Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, TX Alexandria Museum of Art, Alexandria, LA
Baltimore Museum of Art Golden West College, Huntington Beach, CA
Consolidated Paper Company, Port Edwards, WI LaGrange College, LaGrange, GA
American University, Washington, DC Sentry Insurance, Stevens Point, WI
Museum of Art, University of Oklahoma, Norman Masur Museum, Monroe, LA
Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR Marine Banks Art Collection, Milwaukee, WI
New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA
Contemporary Art Center, New Orleans, LA
Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO