Merging archival autobiographical photographs with viciously gestural painting, Joshua Dildine confronts the subject of conventional recollection. A fixation shared by society at large, the contemplation of past events and relationships ultimately shapes our psychology moving forward - as a flicker of fond reminiscence, ardent shame, or jovial glee can be activated by a single sensory cue. With a purposeful cognizance, Dildine mines these runes for the underlying traits that forge our shared humanity: the humor found in the compromising, the endearment found in the aggravating, or the conflict found in the absent. His painterly swaths are as visceral as the family photos they conceal, his vivid palette alluding to the glaring absurdity of our incessant self-analysis and contemplation of the past. Through a carefully disjointed lens, Dildine creates experiences that are at once present and bygone, and whimsically harnesses the contemporaneous nature of our being.
Dildine (b. 1984, CA), received his MFA from Claremont Graduate University (CA). He has been featured in group exhibitions in Oakland, Los Angeles, San Diego, and Murfressboro, as well as the Frederick Weisman Museum of Fine Art (CA). He was also the recipient of the 2010 Claremont Graduate University Award. The artist lives and works in Claremont, CA.
2010 MFA, Studio Art, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont CA.
2007 BA, Art, Pepperdine University, Malibu CA.
Summer 2005 Studio Art Centers International, Florence, Italy
Joshua Dildine, East Gallery, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA.
Josifov, Dildine, Costello: Three Solo Shows, Alphonse Berber Gallery, Berkeley, CA.
The New Cool School, White Box Contemporary, San Diego CA.
P3 Painters Painting Paint, MTSU, Murfreesboro, TN.
Against the Grain Charity Show, Marc Moore Gallery, Culver City, CA.
Abstract Expressionism. Santa Ana College, Santa Ana, CA.
Artists in Residence, Santora Gallery, Santa Ana, CA.
New Works, Western Project, Culver City, CA.
Action (un)Packed, Common Space LA., Los Angeles, CA.
Construction Zone, Western Project, Culver City, CA.
28, Peggy Phelps Gallery, Claremont, CA
Surface Strata, Joyce Gordon Gallery, Oakland, CA
Leak of Contemporary Artists, the Da Center for the Arts, Pomona, CA
Laundry List, Peggy Phelps Gallery, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA.
Pieces, Claremont City Hall, Claremont, CA
Polyfocal, Frederick Weisman Museum of Fine Art, Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA.
Claremont Graduate University Award, 2010
Claremont Graduate University Artist Fellowship, 2008
Seaver Art Department Scholarship, Pepperdine University, 2005
Pepperdine Grant Malibu, Pepperdine University, 2007
Vera Post Scholarship, Pepperdine University, 2003-2007
Darakjian, Gareen, A Fine Balance, Pepperdine Magazine, August 2011.
Selz, Peter, Alphonse Berber Gallery Opens on Bancroft, The Berkeley Daily Planet, 2009.
Cheng, DeWitt, CRITIC'S CHOICE, Josifov, Dildine, Costello: Three Solo Shows, East Bay Express, 2009.
Cheng, DeWitt, Spatio-Temporal Flux, Seven painters mix it up in Surface Strata. East Bay Express, 2009.
Laubacher, John and Tinsley, Cassie, A Collaborative Study of Environmental Considerations in Art Preservation, Pepperdine University, 2005.