Deitch Studios, 4-40 44th Drive, Long Island City, Queens
The Beautiful Struggle was the first New York exhibition of the work of Dzine. The Beautiful Struggle featured four new paintings, which combined the mandalic and psychedelic imagery that emerged from his meditative painting process as well as new sculptures exploring the middle ground between Chicano lowrider street culture and contemporary art.
Dzine’s forms and color palette were inspired by Buddhist traditions, which employ the mandala as a representation of one’s universe, a tightly composed movement wherein the scrupulous center represents what’s most essential to one’s spirituality and the quotidian envelope the periphery. Using his own visual lexicon, Dzine sought to combine two different types of mandalas, two different movements, simultaneously: the ghrbha-dhatu or womb world, which moves from the one to the many, and the vajra-dhatu or diamond world from the many into one. Creating a kaleidoscope of tightly geometric and meticulous shapes, Dzine’s mandalas were at once painstakingly specific and flamboyant. To extend the illusion of movement, the artist applied a thick layer of clear resin to create a slick surface or thousands of glass beads, off which light bounced brilliantly. These reflective and decorative materials offered an alluring depth to otherwise super-flat representations.
The show’s sculptural elements related to Chicano street culture famed for its astonishing bikes, cars, and boats fashioned as personal art and status objects to be flaunted on the streets. Drawing on his Puerto Rican heritage and collaborating with lowrider fabricators, Dzine created his own ornate sculptures that boasted a mixture of custom painting, engraving, 24-karat gold plating, audio and visual components, and a range of embellishments selected for their utility as well as beauty. Thoughtfully appropriating these elements to realize something entirely unique, Dzine’s creations romped within a rich middle ground between the pristine, cool of an art gallery and the seediness of the street.
The Beautiful Struggle included four new large-scale paintings, a custom engraved 24-karat and chrome-plated plaque, a wall installation with an embellished turntable, neon, automotive paint and multi-faceted mirrored surfaces, custom wallpaper, a newly fabricated boat, a custom Lowrider bike sculpture and Pimp Juice, and the Lowrider ’93 Cadillac Fleetwood produced for Deitch Projects at Art Basel Miami Beach 2007.
March 8 - 11, 2018
We will present a special solo project by the artist JR.
Image: JR, Migrants, Walking New York City, 2015
April - May 2018
18 Wooster Street
76 Grand Street
New York, NY 10013
Monday – Friday
10 AM – 6 PM
Tuesday – Saturday
Noon – 6 PM
The gallery reopens with People in April 2018.
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