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    Photo: Stephen Pitkin/Pitkin Studio
Tin, clothing, denim, carpet, artificial flowers, wood, rope, calculator, magazine pages, glass, chair parts, model ship, screen, found clock, nails, screws, enamel, and spray paint on canvas on wood
108 x 79 x 9 inches
Collection of
Souls Grown Deep Foundation

In 2011, Dial fashioned a series of pieces that document natural disasters. His painting Japan captures the devastation following the massive tsunami that ravaged the northern coast of the country in March of that year. It is a melancholy image of ruin, with rotting remnants of buildings and a ghostly pair of lost boots floating in a churning swill of otherworldly green. —Joanne Cubbs