Design by Medium Large
Istanbul and Back, 2016
Acrylic and Ink on okawara Paper
89 x 38 inches Inches
Dorothy Stites Alig will be exhibiting at Berke’s Architectural Studio in the Flat Iron District in Manhattan this Summer.
The show, titled Kill Your Darlings, refers to the adage often given to poets, writers and painters that you must be willing to sacrifice a precious line of text or especially lovely area of a painting in order for it to work as a whole.
In this work Alig explores symbolically sacrificing old memories in order to create new images, maybe even a new life.
The opening reception will be on June 16th and the exhibit will continue through the Summer, closing on August 21st. Visitors are welcome but asked to contact the DBP studio at 212-229-9211 in advance.
March 6th, 2015
The Star is making an effort to provide more arts coverage. Bravo.
Thanks for mentioning my upcoming show!
Just discovered this mention of my work in the current issue of Art in Print--one of my favorite art magazines.
Image of an Intaglio print with Chine Colle from the Jung series
Reception for the Artist
Herron School of Art And Design
March 6, 2015 (IDADA first Friday!)
Herron School of Art and Design/IUPUI
February 28-March 28, 2015
Dorothy Stites Alig uses images and experiences gathered over 10 days in Istanbul, Turkey in 2014 as the point of departure for a visual exploration of a specific verb. The word “Spin” describes both the mesmerizing aesthetics of Islamic architecture, in particular the major mosques (Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque), which have a dizzying effect on the visitor to the controlled meditative spin of the whirling dervish. “Spin” also describes the way the Islamic culture is often presented to the west though photojournalism. Finally, a bizarre twist leads from the pattern of the dervish’s skirt while twirling to the Coriolis effect, a phenomenon physicists have identified as a model for hurricane dynamics.
First Friday, May 4th. 5 - 9 pm
Opening Reception for exhibition
Dorothy Stites Alig: TWO GHAZALS
Opening reception for the artist is on Friday, May 4th, 2012 from 5 - 9 pm, in conjunction with IDADA First Friday.
The show will be up through the month of May during regular business hours and by appointment.
For more information please contact Telene Edington
317 590 6513
Summer studio time leads to Fall exhibits! This year I am fortunate to be included in several group shows. My work will be shown at the following galleries:
In addition, The Indiana State Museum will be opening an exhibit of Recent Acquisitions in October, which will include my aquatint, Negotiating the Elements, acquired by the museum last year.
I am honored to be included in this show curated by Melanie Warner at Garvey Simon Art Access.
The other three printmakers are affiliated with Pace Editions in New York and their work is phenomenal.
Here is a link for more info about this inspiring new gallery in Indianapolis.
Gallery 924 show
Nocturnal Noon, my first solo show at Gallery 924 at the Indianapolis Arts Council, closed on May 29, 2011.
Nuvo published a very positive review on May 16th, giving the work 4.5 stars out of five. Thanks to
everyone who came out to support me and my work. I am looking forward to getting back to the studio!
I am conducting a workshop on May 14, 2011 with Robert Eagerton and Mary Shaw, Founder and Director, respectively, of Heartland Press (photo), an amazing facility at the Stutz Building, in downtown Indianapolis. We have thirty participants and had to turn a few away, so it looks like digital printing has arrived as a new tool for artists! We define a fine art digital print as one that only exists in a digital format until printed. In other words, it is not a scan or photo of an existing painting, etc but something created specifically for the pigment printer.
I never imagined that I would develop a body of work based on Las Vegas but that is precisely what I have spent the last nine months doing. Why Vegas? When I visited there a few years ago I was most intrigued by the night landscape and I took a lot of photographs. I was also thinking about the illusionary nature of the place. Not a reference to David Copperfield but to the fact that once you’ve been there you have this vague feeling (hopefully fleeting) that might have actually seen the Eiffel Tower or Venice. Then there is also the fact that the casinos intentionally maintain daylight conditions inside 24/7 so you have no sense of time. This last point is really the idea behind Nocturnal Noon in which I took nighttime images and converted them to daylight.
I the applied the same process to some of my other favorite cities—New Orleans, New York and Indianapolis to explore the specific night time character of each.
A new vocabulary of forms resulted when I took a bright neon light against a dark sky and inverted it (digitally) to become an inky spot against a brilliant pale background. For me these forms are both vaguely familiar and somehow otherworldly. In the end, all of the images in these painted prints are either reflected light or light at its source—nothing else!! That is a notion that really interests me.
I’m immersed in developing a new body of work that will be shown in May 2011 at Gallery 924, the gorgeous new space that is managed by the Indianapolis Arts Council and curated by Shannon Linker. A few small studies from the new series are shown here.
This work explores the nocturnal energy of several exciting cities--Las Vegas, New York and New Orleans. Using digital images I took on site and inverting the light and dark colors and adding subjective color to the modified images, I am interesting in seeing if the distinctive character of each city, famous for it’s night “life” will reveal itself.
The process combines multiple layers of digital imagery on Japanese paper and acrylic paint. The process is the result of my search for a method of making multilayered images that is more direct and energetic that the traditional chine colle method I have used in the past, while still preserving the beautiful surface of the Japanese paper.
The Indiana State Museum, recently acquired one of my prints
“Negotiating the Elements (7), 2007” from an private collector
The aquatint on hand-toned paper, shown on the left, will
become part of the Museum’s permanent collection.
This winter has been very productive. I have been exploring Carl Jung’s The Red Book, the iconic psychologist’s amazing personal diary and dream sketchbook that was published for the first time this year. I became especially interested in the fact that Jung was one of the first to outline a system of describing personality types—much of his work is now familiar to many because of the Myers-Briggs personality type analysis. The series of 16 prints includes one print of each of the 16 possible personality profiles. It has been a rewarding project both because it was a challenge to represent Jung’s ideas visually and because it has generated a lot of interesting conversation amongst family and friends about which personality profile we respond to or see in ourselves.
Three prints from the 2010Jung series will be featured at the Wright Gallery in Northport Michigan throughout the summer.
Telene Edington, formerly with Ruschman Gallery, announced a group show of the work of local and regional artists at a temporary gallery site—Midland Art and Antique Market in Downtown Indianapolis. The show will open on December 4th, 2009 and remain up for the month of December. Dorothy Stites Alig is a featured artist.
Sadly, Mark Ruschman closed his gallery in Indianapolis in August 2009, just shy of his 25th anniversary in the business. This is a huge loss for the community, and especially for artists and collectors.
I already miss the satisfying professional relationship that I enjoyed for a few years with Mark and Telene Edington (assistant gallery director) and I look forward to seeing how they will choose to use their very positive and nurturing qualities—hopefully to continue to enrich the cultural life of Central Indiana.
For the time being please use the contact link on my home page to e-mail me for more information about my work.
Ruschman “Portfolio 1” on view at Ruschman Gallery, 948 N. Alabama St. Indianapolis
Artists: DOROTHY STITES ALIG
BARRY GEALT/ARTHUR LIOU
This is a portfolio of digital prints by these six artists.
What is a digital print? In this case it is a work of art that doesn’t exist except in a digital file on a computer—until it is printed on a pigment printer. It is not a reproduction of an existing art work but an entirely new printmaking process. The edition of 35 prints was printed at Virtu Fine Arts in Indianapolis.