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Paul Dibble: Feature Artist

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Paul Dibble
at Zimmerman Art Gallery
1 Jul 2011 - 31 Jul 2011

Added by Zimmerman During the month of July, ZIMMERMAN is featuring the works of Palmerston North artist Paul Dibble. Paul Dibble is a well known sculptor, both nationally and further abroad, with his significant work for the New Zealand Memorial at Hyde Park Corner in London receiving high acclaim. The collection of bronze sculptures exhibited at ZIMMERMAN complements Fran and Paul Dibbles’ Sources exhibition, across the road at Te Manawa. The largest work exhibited at ZIMMERMAN features one of Paul Dibble’s signature styled birds: semi-relief forms that are an interesting cross between caricature and realistic narration. Here it is a woodpigeon, or kereru, standing on a rectangular square scaffold suggestive of a window frame. The work is inspired by the view of birds in the trees outside the sculptor’s bedroom window, which he enjoys watching on late Sunday morning lie-ins. The woodpigeon is a very gentle and still creature; it can sit with hardly a movement, and is placed next to an equally static cypress tree. This mix, of a traditional European tree with the natural fauna of New Zealand, is a typical assortment that Paul uses. The assemblage is what makes each of the elements interesting, as well as the aesthetic formalism of the gracious curves of the bird, the rougher surface of the tree with the exacting structure of the framing. The other sculptures featured at ZIMMERMAN also include two small studies with boats. The simple row boats, which look to have been left untended at the holiday bach, are studies about space. One sculpture has the boat completely neglected; a still pond of rainwater even collected in its hull from which the oar is emerging, and a bird flying above. It depicts a land of two halves, with birds living in the air above and the concerns of man and his structures below, often completely unaware of each other. The balance of the work, and the measured gap between the bird and boat below, is what makes the artwork harmonious. The same comment can be made on the other boat in this related pair, where an awkward bather is standing in a boat that is clearly, from the angle that it is leaning, grounded. A bird flies past; both bather and bird seem oblivious to the other, with a delicately decided gap between sky and land. These observations are a common feature of Paul’s artwork: views of an environment that is quintessentially New Zealand. The above works, and other Paul Dibble sculptures, may be viewed at ZIMMERMAN during the month of July, together with selected works by Fran Dibble.

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