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Artworks from the Dibble Studio

Events > Exhibitions

Paul Dibble and Fran Dibble
at Zimmerman Art Gallery
1 Jun 2013 - 30 Jun 2013

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This month ZIMMERMAN is displaying examples of the wide range of artworks produced by the Dibble Studio. The exhibition features works by Paul Dibble, Fran Dibble, and collaborative works from the Dibble Studio.

Paul Dibble Works

Four works by Paul feature in the exhibition; two of his older works from the 2007 Maui series, and two new studies, made especially for this exhibition. The new works contain depictions of rural churches, small celebrations of New Zealand’s rural landscape. One church is placed on the symbolic fish of Maui representing the North Island; in the other church work, a kereru is featured flying high above.

Fran Dibble Works

Fran has also mixed old and new for this exhibition, featuring an older work from 2011, and two new studies on board. The works use a variety of paints mixed with bronze as separate panels or elements. They play with the juxtaposition of different media to make an interesting aesthetic balance. Extending the “book series” that Fran started at the beginning of the year, where vintage book bindings are mixed with bronze elements to produce small sculptures, an additional work in the series is included, made completely in bronze.

Dibble Studio Collaborative Works

Two tables featured in this exhibition were inspired by the furniture made by Swiss artist Diego Giacometti (1902-1985), younger brother of the famous sculptor Alberto Giacometti. The tables have intentionally thin and irregular legs and frames, but are part ornamented with objects.

The tables evolved from Fran Dibble’s “book series”, but are a collaborative venture by the Dibble Studio; son Daniel’s engineering and casting skills ensuring flat tops (particularly tricky to cast) and sound structures. The smaller table features a vase of flowers, roughly styled on Picasso’s sculptures, causally placed on an art history text. The long hall table, titled Requiem to a Nightingale, narrates Victorian attempts to study bird song, capturing birds that rarely survived in captivity.

Fran and Paul Dibble

Fran and Paul Dibble live and work in Palmerston North. Fran holds a B.Sc. in Biochemistry and Botany, a M.Sc. (Hons) in Biochemistry and a BA in Philosophy. In 2007, Fran was awarded the Queen’s Service Medal for services to art.

Paul holds a BFA (sculpture: honours) from Elam School of Fine Arts. In 2004, Paul was awarded a New Zealand Order of Merit, and in 2007 Paul was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Visual Arts (Massey University).

In 2012, Fran and Paul were made Honorary Fellows of the Universal College of Education, Palmerston North.

An interview with Paul Dibble aired on Nine to Noon (Radio New Zealand: National) on Thursday 30 May 2013. Listen to the interview by cutting and pasting the following link to your browser:                                                                                                                                                           


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