My work explores the meanings embedded in representations of progress and culture. In paintings and multimedia work, infrastructure becomes hollowed out and faded. Stripped of their original contexts, my depictions of industry and architecture suggest the human needs that drove their creation. Yet they somehow seem to miss the mark. Something critical is missing, and its absence haunting. Lacking a clear narrative, the omissions and contradictions provide space for something new to emerge. The fragile descriptions challenge our assumptions of permanence, and the scars of aggressively-worked surfaces speak to both decay and renewal. The subtle marks and stains invite a slow read that stands in contrast to the pace of modern life.
Andrew Dines earned his MFA from the University at Albany, SUNY, and his BA from Middlebury College. He is the recipient of numerous awards including the Rauschenberg Overseas Culture Exchange (ROCI) Road to Peace Emerging Artist Award and the Creative Spirit Award from the Arts Center of the Capital Region. He has work in several private collections as well as the permanent collection of the University Art Museum of the University at Albany, SUNY. He was an artist-in-residence at Arquetopia in Oaxaca, Mexico, and Residencia Corazón in La Plata, Argentine. Andrew’s work has been shown in galleries and museums around the country. He currently resides in Albany, NY.