Eve and Adam Still Looking for Christmas

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    Photo: Stephen Pitkin/Pitkin Studio
Twine, soda can, tin, cloth, belt, rope, carpet, neckties, grater,carpet, oil, enamel, spray paint, and Splash Zone compound on canvas on wood
86 x 120.5 x 4 inches
Collection of
Souls Grown Deep Foundation

Dial objectifies common symbols with uncommon fluidity. Like many American artists, he is fond of the Stars and Stripes. He adopts the fag in multivalent fashion; in a work such as Eve and Adam Still Looking for Christmas, the patriotic colors embody Christmas trees. The iconography here, contrasting a whiff of capitalist corruption with the sacred model of original innocence, could hardly be more sophisticated. Its twisting, writhing composition, combining rich decorativeness with a dark, even bleak, surround, is compelling at first glance. His titling both elucidates and obfuscates the artist’s intent.