Alex Dipple, Photograph by Thomas Hantzschel
Text Box Thingy 1, 2013, gesso and painted wood approx 144 x 144 x 3cm
An introduction can be a wonderful thing. You can meet interesting people, and make new friends. You can be introduced to your new favorite foods, books, music, or artist.
I’d like to introduce you to some of my favorite artists. Some of whom I’ve been familiar with for years, and others I’ve only recently been introduced to.
The person I’d like to introduce is the artist Alex Dipple.
“I made an installation for LINE DRIFT LOCI at Campbell Works 2013.
It comprised ping pong balls sprayed black in a single line dissecting the space. It is a continuation of my text box series and based on observations of printed matter.
This is a composite photograph I took of the installation. It was so large it was tricky to photograph as a whole object.” AD
Alex Dipple lives in Hackney, United Kingdom.
1987 – 1991 University of Brighton, Faculty of Art and Design (Critical Fine Art Practice)
Alex DippleDouble Does 2
90 x 90 x 10cm
“Layered wood and painted construction made with the help of Galerie Wolkenbank for my solo show PURPOSE MAKER during my stay late last year. It is based on Theo Van Doesburgs’ grid work.” AD
Alex Dipple, Red Disaster 3
Photographed at MCA’s Hyde Gallery during Memphis Social 2013
A series of 36 paintings on every page of one edition of The Guardian ‘Guide’.
Blackboard paint on newsprint
Each page is 23 x 28.5cm
Approximate size of whole piece 171 x 138cm
“Alex Dipple is captivated by the transitory architecture of newspapers and periodicals. Punctuation, and visual tools such as ‘info graphics’ and the use of colour, that are intended to help readers navigate and prioritize content, become the subject of her work. Text boxes, horizontal rules and punctuation are sliced from their source and distilled into dense microbial groups. The clippings are arranged into chains, or fill spaces that hint of much larger spaces.
These works are durational and iterative. Collected over months each dot, box or line is as specific as the text from which it was lifted. Each fragment of newsprint drags its original context with it. Like a hypertext link it points back to a significant ‘elsewhere’. The conspiracy of clippings in Dots 1 and 2 are charged, battery-like. Here the traffic signals of an erased text kick about, no longer inconspicuous but full of potential.
Alex is working with newsprint ephemera. Fleeting design anomalies that evolve over periods and then disappear again could be seen to impose restraints on her practice. She has made a number of pieces over the last two years using horizontal rules cut from The Independent newspaper. These lines were first black, then colour coded and now gone. The work is a growing archive of marks and signs barely registered by the average reader.”
Alex Dipple, Stars 2
55.5 x 60cm
Collage made from hundreds of stars cut from newspapers and related publications.
Other material relating to Alex Dipple.
Artist website: alexdipple.com
Axisweb: Alex Dipple
Colossal: Alex Dipple
Adweek Talent Galley: Alex Dipple
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