Fuel Injection by Lydia Dona
Lydia Dona’s exhibition, From Heat to Sub-Zero, is now on display at Michael Steinberg Fine Art in New York City. The show features a combination of Lydia’s paintings and prints, including Fuel Injection made in collaboration with Durham Press. The show runs from March 21st through April 26th, 2008. For more information, please visit www.michaelsteinbergfineart.com.
From the Michael Steinberg Fine Art website:
Michael Steinberg Fine Art is pleased to present “From Heat To Sub-Zero”, an exhibition of new works by Lydia Dona. Featured in the exhibition is the monumental triptych from which the show derives its name. Completed in 2008, this painting offers an opportunity to understand the interplay between the artist’s recent paintings and her graphic work. Accompanying the painting are three large format etchings published by Poligrafa of Barcelona, Spain, as well as a silkscreen print issued by Durham Press of Durham, Pennsylvania. Seen in combination, the influence of the graphics on Dona’s painting becomes apparent.
The exploration of urban environment, the encroachment of technology on the human body and the organic enmeshments with the chemical changes surrounding them has been a repetitive development and preoccupation in Dona’s approach to abstraction.
The cinematic devices of sequence, framing, cutting and variety of lightings, have infiltrated their way into the monumentality so this triptych is constructed between breaks, meeting points, and the complexity of transformation.
The introduction of silver metallic paint, copper and oxide copper play a new role in the idea of chemical change as well as a sculptural and photographic impact into the canvas. The utilization of auto car repairs, tubes, and diagrams is constructing and evolving into lines that created a new relationship and a challenging despair between environments sunk into mass.
The linear elements move and entangle themselves creating a new context with the line, marks, borders, and cityscapes. The super charged content and motion, the visual charge of heavy metal and light metal decreases in temperatures to the edge of the self-elimination and the potent frames of experimentation.
Lydia Dona lives and works in New York City. Well known both nationally and internationally, Dona’s work has been featured in important museum exhibitions such as the 1991 Corcoran Biennial in Washington, D.C., and From Albers to Paik, Works from the Daimler Chrysler Collection, Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin, in 1999. Recent group shows include Officina America at the galleria D’arte Moderna Bologna, Italy, in 2002, and About Painting at the Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs, New York, in 2004. Between 1995 and 1997, a survey show of her work from 1989 – 1995 traveled in the United States and Canada. Lydia Dona’s work is included in numerous significant collections, both public and private.