Lois Dickson: A Playpen Within A Battlefield

Lois Dickson, Pas de Deux, 2016, oil on linen, 84 x 64 inches (courtesy of the artist)
Lois Dickson, Pas de Deux, 2016, oil on linen, 84 x 64 inches (courtesy of the artist)

An essay by David Cohen on the paintings of Lois Dickson. Dickson's exhibition New Worlds is on view at the New York Studio School through July 15, 2017.

Cohen writes: "A ludic morphology lies at the heart of Dickson’s endeavor. Elaborations of shape and excavations of depth animate her pictorial intelligence in ways that are at once playful and earnest. Intelligence is the operative word here, for Dickson always presents us with both a plethora of information and persuasive principles regarding its organization. Singularity and multiplicity cohabit in scenes imagined and observed. Her brushstrokes are at once measured and fresh. Surfaces are lively but form has definitiveness and weight."