Natural Currency: Paintings by John Dilg

Natural Currency: Paintings by John Dilg


  • October 4, 2018 - December 2, 2018
  • CSPS Hall
  • Free

John Dilg, who teaches painting and drawing at the University of Iowa, says of the works in this show, “ My imagery derives from a life-long meditation on my relationship to the land and its vulnerability in human hands. In terms of the fragility our contemporary land possesses, my concern acts to foster the views of regret and the sense of latent danger that often appear in the paintings.

 “These are not landscape paintings; rather, I intend the idea of ‘landscape’ to function as a trope that makes possible a record of my tendency to view and remember, in an abstract, metaphoric language, this relationship with the land. The memory of land is a reservoir of abstraction; as such, it is in service to both survival and the kind of advantageous ‘beauty’ found in most natural encounters.”

Dilg received his BFA in Painting and Filmmaking from the Rhode Island School of Design. He has participated in one-person and group shows across the US, and his work has been reviewed in Art in America, The New York Times, The New Art Examiner, The Boston Globe, and Hyperallergic.