Autumn Space is pleased to present Yellow Humid Picture Night, an exhibition of paintings by Josh Dihle.
In his first solo exhibition in Chicago, Dihle uses varied approaches to working with wood and paint to create a complex and emotive patchwork of paintings. Though each is an independent artwork, the paintings in Yellow Humid Picture Night together suggest narratives that uncurl across the gallery walls, as though the pictures are possessed of a single consciousness. Both abstract and representational, these works are alternately tense and sensuous, and together they offer overlapping accounts of anxiety and desire.
In one work, entitled Chief of Burials, Dihle has incised a mixed tropical-suburban landscape into a solid plane of wood, and then carved holes into it to accommodate stones, fossils, and his own teeth. The carved surface, with its embedded ornaments, resists the illusion of the miniature landscape. The uneasy pairing of surface and image allows for a more intuitive visual logic. This way of working has resulted in a type of painting that rigorously questions its own status, but which nevertheless embraces the direct pleasures of the creative act.
The exhibition will be accompanied by the release of a limited edition artist’s book.