Join us for our Opening
Sunday, Feb. 8 from 3-6 pm
Meredith Dytch paints the city, finding aesthetic value in places that aren’t normally thought of as having any. Abandoned buildings, rusting viaducts, overgrown vacant lots, or mundane industrial scenes – Dytch thinks of these places as the Hidden City because we don’t pay attention to them, or appreciate them aesthetically. Our eye skips over them as we flash by in our cars or trains.
The world around us does not need to be idealized or romanticized. The Japanese have an aesthetic viewpoint called “sabi,” which is about the beauty and dignity inherent in the old, the decaying, and the weathered – for example, a wooden barn door from which most of the paint has peeled. This philosophy encourages Dytch to strip art of sentimentality, “prettiness,” or the “grandeur” of the traditional landscape: simply recording the built environment – showing things as she finds them, without adornment.