Art Made with Smoke in a Bottle

Artist Jim Dingilian, first introduced to Neatorama in early 2012 by John Farrier, continues to receive attention and art gallery showings for his unusual art. Dingilian fills bottles with smoke, thus coating their inside surfaces with soot. He then reaches inside and selectively erases certain areas of the soot, using brushes and small implements mounted on the ends of dowels. 

Dingilian’s work overall focuses on subtractive images created on found objects. The artist explains his thought process, which strikes me as being remarkably similar to film director David Lynch:

“The miniature scenes I depict are of locations on the edge of suburbia which seem mysterious or even slightly menacing despite their commonplace nature. The bottles add to the implied narratives of transgression. When found by the sides of roads or in the weeds near the edges of parking lots, empty liquor bottles are artifacts of consumption, delight, or dread. As art objects, they become hourglasses of sorts, their drained interiors now inhabited by dim memories.”

To explore sites with more artwork by Dingilian, visit McKenzie Fine Art and the Packer Schopf Gallery. Via Twisted Sifter

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