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Dixon Bergman – Artist Showcase

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Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery is extremely pleased to announce that Dixon Bergman has been named as the Gallery’s new featured artist and he will now be promoted by the gallery for the next 14 days in the gallery’s Artist Showcase.

Dixon Bergman is a Plymouth Massachusetts based artist.  Dixon creates 3 dimensional wooden art, oil paintings and digital photo art.  Dixon has also created museum reproductions for the visually impaired.  Dixon was selected as 1 of the top twelve finalists of the gallery’s recent Solo Art Exhibition Series #8. The placement in this competition qualified his art to be showcased in this feature.

Dixon’s Artist Showcase feature will be promoted to over 550+ News Outlets, Premium News Outlets (ABC, CBS, CW, Fox & NBC TV & Radio Sites and inclusion on Google News & Bing News.  In addition, we will also be featuring and promoting his art in our various social media networks for further exposure.

Below are Dixon’s Artist Biography, Artist Statement and 5 images that were submitted to this competition.

Artist Biography:

Dixon is a contemporary artist and oil painter who often uses his camera and computer to create digital art. In 2014, after looking at early works of cubist artist Juan Gris, Dixon was inspired to take the leap from flat canvasses into three dimensions. He began reproducing 3D Museum Masterpieces that both visually impaired and sighted people could enjoy.

His work was constructed using a flat panel made of wood as the “canvas.” Design elements were glued to the substrate piece-by-piece, layer upon layer. Surfaces were smoothed, carefully blended and primed before color was applied … all in an attempt to be faithful both to the color palette and brush textures of the original painting.

The finished works looked like exact reproductions to sighted folks… and a visually impaired person could understand and enjoy, through touch, the subtleties of the design created by some of the world’s greatest artists: Picasso, Klee, Gris, Kandinsky, Braque among others.

Today Dixon considers himself as a “Constructionist.” His work continues along a cubist path, but has transitioned into truly unique and inspiring 3-D creations. Found objects receive new life as he works them into complicated and often times surprising art themes providing the art enthusiast with refreshing visual and tactile treats.

His work has been exhibited with numerous regional art associations. In December 2017, Dixon’s entries into the Patterns Art Exhibition with Light, Space & Time Online Art Gallery earned him one 2nd Place and two Honorable Mentions in the 3D Art Category. His first 2018 one-man exhibit will run June – August, 2018, at the North River Art Society in Marshfield, Massachusetts.

Dixon has an engineering degree from Union College and has done graduate study at Yale School of Art and Architecture. In business Dixon has developed countless advertising campaigns, direct mail and public relations programs. Operating as a one-man ad agency, he has provided technical writing, designed and produced requisite collateral material, including print advertisements, catalogs, brochures, annual reports, and internet graphics.

Artist Statement:

I like old stuff and can spend hours in thrift stores, junky antique shops and Goodwill outlets hunting through the rubble. The more clutter the better. One day, after finding (and buying for six dollars) an old damaged guitar that someone had painted blue, I found myself in flash-back mode to a college art history course. Topic? Cubism. Hey, why not see what Picasso’s painting of the “Blue Guitar” might actually become in three dimensions! Back in the studio I soon had the table saw ripping through the guitar. Jig saw blades humming new life into pieces of scrap wood. Sandpaper sanding edges while wood filler was filling gaps. And, of course, glue was dripping all over my bench. When the excitement quieted, my new creature was mounted on a 34″ x 24″ wood panel and was ready for her makeup to be applied in tones faithful to Picasso’s blue oils palette.

That was the beginning of my “constructionist” direction. Today I continue along a cubist path forming found objects into 3–D sculptures that magnify the essence of each of its parts. For example, I once disassembled a piano. What I found inside was the magnificent complexities of its construction. The amazing workmanship. The theme, variations, and rhythms of the parts. The elements of that beauty deserved to be out in the sunshine for all to see. So I took many of those wonderful elements to form a sculpture named My Be Flat Piano. It measured 24″ x 36″ x 3″. Flat indeed!

37 sculptures later, my raw materials inventory consists of violins, guitars, piano action racks, trumpets, harps, old clocks, alphabet blocks, a collection of toys, and boxes of flotsam and jetsam. A friend, looking at a recent work entitled Acoustic Duet with Piano told me “Dixon, if you don’t know how to put a guitar back together right, don’t take it apart in the first place!” He’s still a friend but his thoughts will give you an idea of what’s in store for you when you view my work in person. 

His website is www.dixondoesit.com

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