Jim Dingilian has devised a printing process for Schroeder Romero Editions that captures the delicate and immediate qualities of his widely exhibited smoke-and-bottle pieces. For several years, Dingilian has drawn mysterious miniature scenes of suburban fringe areas using candle smoke inside of empty glass liquor bottles. He coats the interior of each bottle with smoke, then reaches inside with small brushes mounted on a dowel to carefully erase areas of the soot. The detailed images that remain suggest transgressive narratives unfolding in mundane locations, as well as the fragile nature of memory.
Each print in this edition begins with a clear sheet of glass which Dingilian coats with a thin layer of smoke. He then removes parts of the smoke with a single press of a printing plate made from his original pencil drawing. He mounts and seals the glass in a clear acrylic box which protects the image and acts as a free-standing frame.
Jim Dingilian’s work has been shown in galleries and museums, both nationally and internationally. Recent museum exhibitions include the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Connecticut, the Museum of Arts and Design in New York, and the Des Moines Art Center in Iowa. Dingilian is represented by McKenzie Fine Art, New York.