Andrew Dines

Tommy

My work explores ideas of progress and power through depictions of landscapes, infrastructure, and people. In paintings and multimedia work, these representations 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 driving growth. 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.