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In The Lobby

Michael Dinning

A Monthly Exhibition in the Lobby of the Columbia Center for the Arts

This month’s lobby exhibition features:

January 2019
Michael Dinning

Artist’s Statement:

A love of history and a sense of place, the joy of family, the intrigue
of music and a sense of social awareness all combine and recombine
as central threads in my artwork. There is a beating rhythm in life, an
unseen central beat, that compels us to return, again and again, to those
people and things that intrigue us and bring us joy. These people and
things, ideas and affections, build and overlap, creating personal
layers within us that define who we are. There is an essence and
mystery of life that is defined by the interplay of these layers, and the
artistic process is a way for me to give form to those unseen rhythms
and intriguing themes that I find compelling. My creative process
embraces this idea, as a way to give form to this complexity that lies
under our common skin, through the use of artistic layering, targeted
lighting and physical depth in each piece. I create primarily large scale
narrative sculptures and wall pieces, employing painted canvasses
combined with a wide variety of found objects. My goal when
creating artwork is to present something that is immediately
engaging, consistently compelling, and leaves a lasting impression beyond
the initial encounter, and I feel that this mixed media approach gives me
the best set of tools to achieve this end. Furthermore, each of my
pieces tells a story, or has a central theme, and this use of a variety of
elements and perspectives gives focus to the artistic expression of each
piece. I believe that art should bring a sense of wonder and delight,
and reflect the joy of creation experienced by the artist. I also feel that
painting and sculpture are, along with the creative vision, something to
be built, and the joy of that constructive process is as important to me
as realizing a coherent, complex and compelling artistic expression. I
love what I do, and I hope this love is clearly present to everybody
who views my artwork.
Additional views of my work can be found on my website

All of the 2018 Gallery Exhibits are generously sponsored by Cathedral Ridge Winery and Windermere Realty