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Eva Presenhuber is delighted to announce a special summer project of paintings by the American artist John Dilg.

John Dilg’s paintings feel like landscapes rather than being such.

Dilg paints metaphors and abstractions using what he calls a mental archive of essential visual forms, drawing on memory and tonalities of color and the sensations they can convey to create an enthralling, symphonic whole that emphasizes stillness and the continuum of time.

The subjects of these works are not the objects that occupy the paintings but the representation of a moment in time in itself.

Used as visual analogs, the shapes and hues in the paintings become the framework to depict the world at large and create the narratives inside the paintings.

Paint is used for the conceptualization of ideas encompassing both the empirical properties of nature and its spiritual transcendence: The restorative possibilities of beauty found in a landscape idealized and therefore transformed.

Eneas Capalbo

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Installation view, John Dilg, Flight Path, Eva Presenhuber, New York, 2021

Installation view, John Dilg, Flight Path, Eva Presenhuber, New York, 2021

Installation view, John Dilg, Flight Path, Eva Presenhuber, New York, 2021

Installation view, John Dilg, Flight Path, Eva Presenhuber, New York, 2021

Installation view, John Dilg, Flight Path, Eva Presenhuber, New York, 2021

Installation view, John Dilg, Flight Path, Eva Presenhuber, New York, 2021

Installation view, John Dilg, Flight Path, Eva Presenhuber, New York, 2021

Installation view, John Dilg, Flight Path, Eva Presenhuber, New York, 2021

Installation view, John Dilg, Flight Path, Eva Presenhuber, New York, 2021

Installation view, John Dilg, Flight Path, Eva Presenhuber, New York, 2021

Installation view, John Dilg, Flight Path, Eva Presenhuber, New York, 2021

SCOUT

2021

Oil on canvas  

35.5 x 45.5 cm / 14 x 18 in

DILG 48562

JULY 1955

2021

Oil on canvas  

45.5 x 35.5 cm / 18 x 14 in

DILG 48560

HEADDRESS

2011

Oil on canvas

51 x 40.5 cm / 20 x 16 in

DILG 48565

LIMINAL

2021

Oil on canvas 

40.5 x 51 cm / 16 x 20 in

DILG 48558

PRAIRIE MIRAGE 

2021

Oil on canvas

40.5 x 51 cm / 16 x 20 in

DILG 48561

OBSERVATORY
2020
Oil on canvas
40.5 x 51 cm / 16 x 20 in
DILG 48556

SIMILITUD
2021
Oil on canvas
45.5 x 35.5 cm / 18 x 14 in
DILG 48559

THE COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE

2020

Oil on canvas

45.5 x 35.5 cm / 18 x 14 in

DILG 48557

TWILIGHT EXPEDITION

2021

Oil on canvas

40.5 x 51 cm / 16 x 20 in

DILG 48472

EARLY BIRD

2014

Oil on canvas  

28 x 35.5 cm / 11 x 14 in

DILG 48564

DELAWARE

2017

Oil on canvas

35.5 x 45.5 cm / 14 x 18 in

DILG 48566

APPROACHING FUTURE

2017

Oil on canvas

28 x 35.5 cm / 11 x 14 in

DILG 48563

ANGLERS

2018

Oil on canvas

28 x 35.5 cm / 11 x 14 in

DILG 47343

IMPROVEMENTS

2020

Oil on canvas

28 x 35.5 cm / 11 x 14 in

DILG 47342

SCOUT

2021

Oil on canvas  

35.5 x 45.5 cm / 14 x 18 in

DILG 48562

JULY 1955

2021

Oil on canvas  

45.5 x 35.5 cm / 18 x 14 in

DILG 48560

HEADDRESS

2011

Oil on canvas

51 x 40.5 cm / 20 x 16 in

DILG 48565

LIMINAL

2021

Oil on canvas 

40.5 x 51 cm / 16 x 20 in

DILG 48558

PRAIRIE MIRAGE 

2021

Oil on canvas

40.5 x 51 cm / 16 x 20 in

DILG 48561

OBSERVATORY
2020
Oil on canvas
40.5 x 51 cm / 16 x 20 in
DILG 48556

SIMILITUD
2021
Oil on canvas
45.5 x 35.5 cm / 18 x 14 in
DILG 48559

THE COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE

2020

Oil on canvas

45.5 x 35.5 cm / 18 x 14 in

DILG 48557

TWILIGHT EXPEDITION

2021

Oil on canvas

40.5 x 51 cm / 16 x 20 in

DILG 48472

EARLY BIRD

2014

Oil on canvas  

28 x 35.5 cm / 11 x 14 in

DILG 48564

DELAWARE

2017

Oil on canvas

35.5 x 45.5 cm / 14 x 18 in

DILG 48566

APPROACHING FUTURE

2017

Oil on canvas

28 x 35.5 cm / 11 x 14 in

DILG 48563

ANGLERS

2018

Oil on canvas

28 x 35.5 cm / 11 x 14 in

DILG 47343

IMPROVEMENTS

2020

Oil on canvas

28 x 35.5 cm / 11 x 14 in

DILG 47342

My paintings are part of an ongoing meditation on my relationship to the land and its ability to conjure vivid, visual memories. They are codified summaries of locality and place born from these memories. The newly reawakened concern for our fragile environment fosters the views of regret and the sense of latent danger that often occur in my paintings.

John Dilg

John Dilg was born in 1945 in Evanston, IL, US, and received a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI, US. He is the recipient of a Fulbright Grant to India, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and three residencies at the YADDO Foundation, Saratoga Springs, NY, US. Dilg’s work is represented in the public collections of institutions including the Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR, US; the Figge Museum of Art, Davenport, IA, US; the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago, IL, US; and Museu d'Art Contemporani Vicente Aguilera Cerni, Villafamés, ES.