Cause Art Gaallery, exhibit view
John Dingler’s text and texture-based UFO Girl series collection is fun, full of political passion, and is resplendent with translucent colors that blaze in vibrant musical keys.
According to art writer "O."
"It's rare for artwork to effectively convey the presence of a tangible personality without also depicting the person, so it's a treat to see this very phenomenon occur in John Dingler's latest sparkling works about a female commander of a fleet of ships visiting Earth, although the Earth is also not depicted, in his UFO Girl exhibit consisting of a series of ten paintings currently on display at Cause Gallery, Chinatown, LA.
I discovered, to my delight, that the unexpected visitor has an intelligent voice which is not without humor! It speaks with authority. It speaks on current topics. She is not submissive and does not need to wear skimpy clothes to be appreciated or to be significant. She holds independent ideas and unambiguously expresses them, and is apparent when she interacts with the intrusive NSA, fundamentalist Christians, Corporatists, and fundamentalist Moslems.
She's in charge of a whole fleet, not just one ship, and not just of the communication station. She leads them through an unforgiving environment. That's a lot of responsibility and trust placed into her leadership. By means of dramatic headlines and valedictions – this is how we get to know her – Dingler has imbued her with discernment to reject bad human behaviour.
This fun series summarizes the voice of equality, and is what feminists have been trying to achieve for a long time. Well, there is Super Girl, a masculinized women, I am thinking now, but she is not political and she has had to be alluring to achieve significance. UFO Girl is about ideas, not about her personality and not about her looks.
Dingler's masterful orchestration of politically relevant ideas are of continual concern, and pairing it with formal properties, makes the series into exquisite art.
The concept underlying the series appeals simply more than to our egalitarian nature in the areas of equality, inclusion, and social justice, which could easily remain inside the realm of the intellect and pure politics, and thereby repel a certain segment of politically disengaged art viewers, and which could easily all have been conveyed via propagandistic pamphlets alone.
Rather, Dingler has produced a luxurious feast that delights our eyes and emotions too: He has masterfully used lush colors, vibrant gradients that sizzle, pairing contrasting colors having the same values, and alluring textures, making us appreciate the total works on the aesthetic level – and is a lesson on color for art students.
These formal artistic concerns expertly deployed at least in this instance of curatorial hope, and although occupying only a moment in art world time, take the place of cleavage, tights and, alluring female bodies via a process of transference, in which I caught myself, where I felt redirected to substitute feelings and desires away from the ideal muscular female body type with which I am often seduced in free market media, or perhaps unconsciously retained from studies of Western Art History, so that my interest did not quickly devolve into disinterest as I idled before each one of the charming works that contain more than message.
As we gazed at Alien Friend, which he revealed that the final composition disappointed him but did not know how to alter it without starting over, Dingler remarked that he admires the bold shapes and colors in Japanese prints, "I am intrigued by their formal and aesthetic clarity, translucency such as layerings of stained glass. I wanted the parts to seem to float above and under each other, and I keep this spacial play in mind when painting them. I make the parts that should be opaque into something that I hope is delightfully transparent so that the color, value, and chroma on the bottom interacts with that above. But those early orange crate labels with their rich colors influenced my technique too."
The profoundly amusing and dramatic paintings show the wide range of interests that Dingler's mind traverses with intelligent abandon.
For artist John Dingler,
the limited-edition UFO Girl Series Collection is an exercise in pure storytelling. "It emerges out of a passion that I have as a thoroughly committed artist, from my European heritage, and an understanding of anti-democratic politics world-wide,” he says. This collection has so many colorfully rich stories, and he has tried to encapsulate the most significant of them here.