My work explores ideas of progress and power through depictions of landscape and infrastructure. In paintings and multimedia work, representations of architecture become hollowed out and faded. Signs of development are undermined through the use of oxidation, pale washes of color, or crumbling concrete and plaster. Stripped of their original contexts and layered into one another, these depictions still hint at the optimism behind their construction. 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. What results is something more complex, reflecting a reality where power is leveraged and costs borne. The fragile descriptions of development 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.
My most recent work is focused on the relationships between financial institutions and sovereign nations in the developing world. I paint the infrastructure that defines the lives of people on both sides of that relationship.
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.