Opening Reception: Friday March 4, 2011 7-10pm
Artist's discussion: Saturday March 19 from 1-3pm
Exhibit runs from 3/3/11 - 3/24/11
Dim MediaMinneapolis, MN
MNartist.org profile: http://www.mnartists.org/Dim_Media
Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/DimMedia
Dim Media is a Twin Cities based multimedia collaborative. The ensemble combines the styles and talents of Charles Denton, Blaine Garrett, Ivy Sendrijas and Joe Lipscomb. Primarily painters, the group also works in illustration, animation, and writing. They publish their own zine “Coffee Crumbs”, a series of children books, paint live for local musicians, and record a podcast. Their individual styles are as diverse as the places they’ve exhibited work: local venues including galleries, coffee shops, an acupuncture clinic, downtown night clubs and salons. Presently, they are the featured artist for the March Altered Esthetics exhibit “Fanboi” and will be appearing in the local arts documentary “All Over the Walls” being released later this Spring by Blue Bridge Media.
Tell me about your work? What are you currently working on? How is this different from past projects?Our primary focus involves using varying processes to create artistic collaborations. Through this exploration we aim to create art that is greater than the sum of each artists’ individual contributions, or at the very least, unique.
Additionally, we are working on a series entitled “Corrosion Maintained.” This series is our exploration of the implicit nature of graffiti and the techniques and methods used to create it. For the series, we “upcycled” some hundred year old bricks from a demolished building and created miniature walls for our “canvases”. Upon these walls we layered stencils, tags, original paintings, ink, wheat pastings, and even clay.
To emulate the “powers that clean up,” we painted over our layered work with a dull grey to represent the eradication of street art. We’ll repeat this process until the series achieves the golden ration between derelict and exquisite. “Corrosion Maintained” is a departure from our traditional media and is basically a self designed crash course in street art.
“The Good Doctor” - Paparazzi Series
What was the best advice given to you as an artist?“If a piece of artwork turns out exactly as you envisioned it, you have not learned anything” and “Don’t learn anatomy from comic books, especially from Rob Liefeld.”
Tell me about your working space and your creative process?We thrive on over-stimulation and changing scenery. We create art in nightclubs, at the beach, in garages, basements, computer stations, and where ever we can. In a best case scenario, we’re working outside with some b-movie playing on a laptop, noise rock blasting out of another, and a BBQ commencing. We value versatility, and enjoy switching locations on a lark.
“Cold Front” - Birthmarks Series
We admire the works of Matt Wells (http://lizardmanart.com/ ) for his illustrative style and his collaborations with the from the Rogue Citizen collective.
We have worked with Jacob Alexander (http://virtualwarriorink.moonfruit.com/) numerous times and take a lot of inspiration from his eccentric abstractions and raw energy in live painting.
Outside of painting, we really like Talissa Mehringer (http://talissamehringer.com/) for her multimedia work, our former intern
Danny Levar (http://d.homes.mcad.edu/~dlevar/) for his visual story telling ability,
Martha Iserman (http://www.bigredsharks.com/ ) because we admire her working on a career in scientific illustration (and her artwork is amazing) and
Sharolyn B. Hagen (http://sbhphotography.com/) who is such a wonderful portrait photographer that we predict we’ll be seeing her work in galleries very soon.
“Corrosion Maintained 1” - Corrosion Maintained Series
Next we’d meander over to Altered Esthetics, take in one of their themed gallery openings before hitting up the 331. After a couple Surly Benders we could stumble past Shuga Records and take a moment to appreciate the sprawling mural on the side of its building. Finally, we’d run to Tarnish & Gold before ending the night at Psycho Suzie’s, or if we’re feeling dangerous, Vegas Lounge for some karaoke!
Where do you go online for good art resources, whether to find a new artist, or to see what is going on in the art world locally and otherwise?We watch a lot of jaded art documentaries on Netflix for inspiration. StumbleUpon (http://stumbleupon.com/) is a great source to find new contemporary artists worldwide. We use MPLSArt (http://www.mplsart.com/) and MNArtists (http://www.mnartists.org/) to find out about opportunities and local exhibits to check out. We can also admit to unintentionally finding inspiring images by randomly punching words into Google. Our browser bookmarks are mostly riddled with art sites we will most likely never get around to viewing again.
Coffee Crumbs 3 - Cover illustration
Among numerous other shows and festivals, we are the featured artist for the March Altered Esthetics exhibition “Fanboi” which will feature a few select pieces from our “Paparazzi” series.
Our collaborative abstract series “Birthmarks” will be at the Hopkins Art Center starting in June. We are also working on finishing our graffiti series “Corrosion Maintained” and exhibiting it in the fall.