Thick Skinned: Dan Dowd
January 15–April 30, 2016
Maine-based artist Dan Dowd exhibits a new series of wall-based assemblages that incorporate found fabric, rusted metal and rubber. Old woolen blankets, blemished rubber tires and sections of knit sweaters are layered and wrapped around found, wooden bases.
Dowd’s compositions draw connections to the works of Joseph Beuys, Claes Oldenburg, Lee Bontecou and Robert Rauschenberg, each of whom utilized cloth in their sculptures and assemblages. The artist is inspired by the varied histories of these discarded items. Dowd states, “I am interested in their markings—from when they were first manufactured, to the patina and maculations they have attained over time.” Bright red, orange and striped cloth is juxtaposed with faded, black rubber riddled with patches, oxidized passages and surface imperfections.