Matthew Dibble Biography
Puzzled Bipeds is made up mostly of larger paintings often diptychs and triptychs, which have a public, mural-like presence. And while their crisply layered materials, attractive weathered tints and half-tones lure the viewer toward them for a close look, they remain anything but intimate. Dibble deploys tangled linear forms on top of physical layers of detail. These details are textual in part, recalling classic modernist collage techniques. Skin-like sheets of newspaper seal the canvas, or sometimes Dibble uses blueprints, or dress patterns. Delicate substrates of background “information” – unreadable columns of text, photographs that sometimes reveal an anonymous modern face -- act as counterpoint to Dibble’s developing imagery, which is just recognizable as the distorted outlines of human or animal limbs, knotted across the picture plane or distilled into separate creatures. If his abstract paintings bring the dimensions of life experience home in candid handfuls (or at least use painterly frankness as their point of departure), the Biped milieu is diffident and fragile, skimmed from a more subtle layer of being, as if Dibble were grafting daydreams and shadows over the gridded noise of wakefulness.
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