Jim Dingilian proves that a creative and skillful artist can create works of art with just about anything.
By coating the interior of empty glass bottles with black smoke and then carefully brushing it away with tools mounted on dowels, he creates detailed and beautiful but dark works of smoke art that are dripping with a sense of suburban decay.
Smoke Drawings employs aspects of photography, memory and the possibility of transcendent moments occurring in mundane or peripheral locations. For several years Dingilian has worked with images of suburban fringe areas such as the edges of parking lots, the backs of shopping centers, and patches of woods between housing developments. His attitude regarding such places is neither ironic nor condemning.
The idea of using discarded glass bottles to house scenes of suburban decay was intentional and perfectly fitting; “When found by the sides of roads or in the weeds near the edges of parking lots, empty liquor bottles are artifacts of consumption, delight, or dread. As art objects, they become hourglasses of sorts, their drained interiors now inhabited by dim memories,” writes the artist.
Dingilian has been exhibiting drawings on found objects, usually employing inventive erasure techniques, for the last decade. His work has been shown in many exhibitions.
Dingilian’s work can be found in the permanent collections of the DeCordova and the Rose Art Museum in Waltham, MA. He is represented by McKenzie Fine Art in New York.