Currently on view in the Arts Collinwood Gallery….
Professor Del Rey Loven on Matt Dibbleâ€™s paintings
The year is 2010. This is the year Dennis Hopper died. Dennis Hopper was a damn good abstract painter and post-modernist artist. He came out of the abstract expressionist, pop-art era, but was known as an actor. He called himself a painter, who acted for a living.
Matt Dibble is an artist, both post-modern and abstract, who does roofing for a living. Thankfully Matt is not known for his roofing, heâ€™s known for his painting, and heâ€™s a damn good artist.
Jackson Pollock said: â€œA painting has a life, let the painting live.â€ Â In those monumental pictures that Pollock made, he created a space, and noted art critic Robert Hughes said these paintings were akin to the monumental landscapes of the American West. Hughes said, â€œItâ€™s like a space you can move into.â€
Matt Dibble gets his work to come to life in the painting process. He creates space in the paintings thatâ€™s all itâ€™s own.
Willem De Kooning said that when he was standing upright and secure on two feet, he didnâ€™t feel like he was getting it right, but when he started to slip, for just a moment before he fell, heâ€™d have a glimpse at the reality he wanted to paint. He called himself a slipping glimpser.
Sometimes, in Mattâ€™s studio (the aesthetic roof he has created) when you look at the paintings, such a dynamic space is created, you can just see the artist slipping on that steep pitch, tumbling into the magnificent, violent, exulted and indescribable space.
Itâ€™s been said the aesthetic experience is an ineffable one. You canâ€™t fully put it into words what you experience when you see a Matt Dibble painting. There is so much going on.
He is a man who knows his medium. Every bit as a roofer knows how to put one shingle down on another, Dibble puts color upon color, shape upon shape in workmanlike manner that is both first rate craftsmanship and high-risk aesthetic adventurism. I selected these paintings because they represent Matt at the top of his game.
Del Rey Loven-recorded August 10th 2010