Boston

Damien DiBona

Nielsen Gallery

Damien DiBona presents 20 abstract paintings in his first solo exhibition. These meticulously crafted acrylic and oil paintings are quite small, and they represent work made from 1987 to the present. Each of the tabletlike images, which appear either singly or as part of asymmetrical diptychs or triptychs, consists of subtle grounds of glazed color. Except for two solitary images, every composition contains calligraphic information flatly executed upon the translucent surfaces with a template. DiBona’s nonobjective visual language investigates relationships between apparent opposites—the biosphere and the technosphere, the individual and the collective—yet his paintings remain largely intuitive, romantic, and mystical.

Like the construct of these delicate, almost miniaturist images, titles such as A Scenario of Human Yearning, 1989–90, A Condition of Hope, 1990–91, Engineering the Memory

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