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Baltimore City - Bromo Tower Arts District

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Lisa Dillin is an interdisciplinary Baltimore-based artist working primarily in sculpture and participatory art practices. Dillin earned her BFA in photography from Atlanta College of Art in 1998 and her MFA in sculpture from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2006. Her work has been selected for exhibition at various venues including the Baltimore Museum of Art and The Contemporary Museum in Baltimore, MD, Hamiltonian Gallery and Washington Project for the Arts, in Washington, D.C., Vox Populi and Practice... more

The space between (us)

The space between (us) is an interdisciplinary performance work by visual artist/sculptor Lisa Dillin and Deep Vision Dance Company’s Artistic Director Nicole A. Martinell. The space between (us) unpacks the human experience within the built environment, which commonly evokes feelings of isolation and emotional disconnection from the banal, everyday places we move through and inhabit. Such experiences stem from a variety of factors such as design that separates us from one another and controls our movements in space, social norms that discourage interconnection with those we do not know, and the increasing level of mediated interaction that takes place through digital communication. During four performances, several sculptural objects act as a site for a weaving journey that begins in a meaningless, modern space but, coming unhinged from the norm, is remade into a place of exploration, creativity, freedom, and, ultimately, intimate human connection. A five-channel video piece represents the choreographic work following the initial performances.

Featured dancers include Deep Vision Dance Company members Deontay Gray, Samantha Hopkins, Melissa Lloyd, Sofie Massa, Rachel Moore, Sarah Smith and Ann Zickefoose. Additional collaborators include an original score by PJ Dorsey (Tarotplane) and Erik Spangler (DJ Dubble8) and costuming by Kendra Shapanus. Video production support by Erik Dillinger with Stephanie Barber, Corey Hughes, Jonna McKone, and Justin RT Stafford and 3D fabrication support by Chip Banister, Wilder Childs, and Pete Karis.

  • The space between (us)

    sculpture, installation, dance
    The space between (us) In collaboration with choreographer Nicole Martinell of Deep Vision Dance Company. Six performances, a five-channel video document of performances followed (VisArts, Rockville, MD). Media: Plywood, laminate, stainless steel, PLA 3D prints, FGR plaster, paint, artificial plants Size: Three 6.5’ h x 6’w x 6’d structures Date: 2019 Photo credit: Jonathan Hsu (images of dance)
  • The space between (us)

    sculpture, installation, dance
    The space between (us) In collaboration with choreographer Nicole Martinell of Deep Vision Dance Company. Six performances, a five-channel video document of performances followed (VisArts, Rockville, MD). Media: Plywood, laminate, stainless steel, PLA 3D prints, FGR plaster, paint, artificial plants Size: Three 6.5’ h x 6’w x 6’d structures Date: 2019 Photo credit: Jonathan Hsu (images of dance)
  • The space between (us)

    sculpture, installation, dance
    The space between (us) In collaboration with choreographer Nicole Martinell of Deep Vision Dance Company. Six performances, a five-channel video document of performances followed (VisArts, Rockville, MD). Media: Plywood, laminate, stainless steel, PLA 3D prints, FGR plaster, paint, artificial plants Size: Three 6.5’ h x 6’w x 6’d structures Date: 2019 Photo credit: Jonathan Hsu (images of dance)
  • The space between (us)

    sculpture, installation, dance
    The space between (us) In collaboration with choreographer Nicole Martinell of Deep Vision Dance Company. Six performances, a five-channel video document of performances followed (VisArts, Rockville, MD). Media: Plywood, laminate, stainless steel, PLA 3D prints, FGR plaster, paint, artificial plants Size: Three 6.5’ h x 6’w x 6’d structures Date: 2019 Photo credit: Jonathan Hsu (images of dance)
  • The space between (us)

    sculpture, installation, dance
    The space between (us) In collaboration with choreographer Nicole Martinell of Deep Vision Dance Company. Six performances, a five-channel video document of performances followed (VisArts, Rockville, MD). Media: Plywood, laminate, stainless steel, PLA 3D prints, FGR plaster, paint, artificial plants Size: Three 6.5’ h x 6’w x 6’d structures Date: 2019 Photo credit: Jonathan Hsu (images of dance)
  • The space between (us)

    sculpture, installation, dance
    The space between (us) In collaboration with choreographer Nicole Martinell of Deep Vision Dance Company. Six performances, a five-channel video document of performances followed (VisArts, Rockville, MD). Media: Plywood, laminate, stainless steel, PLA 3D prints, FGR plaster, paint, artificial plants Size: Three 6.5’ h x 6’w x 6’d structures Date: 2019 Photo credit: Jonathan Hsu (images of dance)
  • The space between (us)

    sculpture, installation, dance
    The space between (us) In collaboration with choreographer Nicole Martinell of Deep Vision Dance Company. Six performances, a five-channel video document of performances followed (VisArts, Rockville, MD). Media: Plywood, laminate, stainless steel, PLA 3D prints, FGR plaster, paint, artificial plants Size: Three 6.5’ h x 6’w x 6’d structures Date: 2019 Photo credit: Jonathan Hsu (images of dance)
  • The space between (us)

    sculpture, installation, dance
    The space between (us) In collaboration with choreographer Nicole Martinell of Deep Vision Dance Company. Six performances, a five-channel video document of performances followed (VisArts, Rockville, MD). Media: Plywood, laminate, stainless steel, PLA 3D prints, FGR plaster, paint, artificial plants Size: Three 6.5’ h x 6’w x 6’d structures Date: 2019 Photo credit: Lisa Dillin
  • The space between (us)

    sculpture, installation, dance
    The space between (us) In collaboration with choreographer Nicole Martinell of Deep Vision Dance Company. Six performances, a five-channel video document of performances followed (VisArts, Rockville, MD). Media: Plywood, laminate, stainless steel, PLA 3D prints, FGR plaster, paint, artificial plants Size: Three 6.5’ h x 6’w x 6’d structures Date: 2019 Photo credit: Lisa Dillin
  • The space between (us)

    sculpture, installation, dance
    The space between (us) In collaboration with choreographer Nicole Martinell of Deep Vision Dance Company. Six performances, a five-channel video document of performances followed (VisArts, Rockville, MD). Media: Plywood, laminate, stainless steel, PLA 3D prints, FGR plaster, paint, artificial plants Size: Three 6.5’ h x 6’w x 6’d structures Date: 2019 Photo credit: Lisa Dillin

I'm Looking for You...

@ Hamiltonian Gallery June 27 – July 30 2015

The Aposiopesis (the ellipsis) that trails behind the meat of the exhibition title: I’m looking for you with it’s series of dots reveals a sense of longing, of something missing or the inability to finish the thought. Through this phrasing tactic I am referring to the many things that I note to be lacking as I move about the North American built environment and it’s corporate lobbies, malls, hospitals, apartment buildings and city streets. I’m looking for you community. I’m looking for you connection. I’m looking for you meaning. I’m looking for you authenticity. I’m looking for you sense of place. I’m looking for you personal ownership. I’m looking for you heritage. I’m looking for you natural landscape. I’m looking for you biological diversity. I’m looking for you other ways to put together our world.

The contemporary urban landscape with it’s corporate design tropes seeks to disempower, disengage, disorient, and control the individual as he/she navigates this terrain. Physical and psychological barriers perform crowd control by design and keep us on task and away from forming connections. Polished stone, glass, brass, patterned textiles, lighting, fountains and foliage act as a dominance display for the powerful yet they also reveal an estranged but ongoing attraction to nature revealed through a form of imitation.

Within these public and private palaces to the dominant powers controlling the ever expanding population of our species, I feel the obligatory sense of awe but more so a sense of longing and melancholy like a rat within a social experiment wishing for personal power, ownership and home. Modern survival methodologies have made achieving shelter and sustenance more convenient for the many (while making it equally or more difficult for those who do not play the game well) but these conveniences come at a cost – the cost is our connection to the land, to our food sources, to our homes and to one another. This body of work re-presents a variety of dividing lines while offering an outstretched hand through the flirtatious yet sincere statement: I’m looking for you.

Allogrooming Lounge I and II

Allogrooming Lounge - Hamiltonian Gallery - March 2014
Allogrooming Lounge II Transmodern Performance Art Festival September 2014

Allogrooming Lounge II is a variation of Allogrooming Lounge which was on view at Hamiltonian Gallery in Washington DC in the Spring of 2014. Allogrooming Lounge I and II compare and contrast human social interaction with that of our primate relatives in an effort to investigate our roots and the differences between our past and present modes of operation. Primates spend up to 20% of their time on social grooming practices known as allogrooming. Allogrooming allows for the formation of new bonds and ensures the maintenance of established bonds. Allogrooming is a powerful tool for reducing group tension and diffusing aggressive outbursts.

Humans have evolved to develop relations in a comparable manner. Our brains are wired to expect familiarity, connection, and cooperation with members of a small and intimate community. It was not until relatively recently that humans have joined vast communities with populations beyond that which make it possible to know all of the members of the group/community physically and in person. Due to these dramatic shifts in social norms that today’s environ requires, we are becoming increasingly physically isolated from one another and are experiencing a new pattern of touch-deprivation. Allogrooming Lounge I and II provide a time and a space to connect with one another through social grooming activities in an experiment that aims to add to the sense of local community while shedding light on contemporary human behavior.

  • Allogrooming Lounge II

    Media: Plywood, granite and ceramic tile, grout, carpet, flexible foam, fabric, deer hide, plants, fountain, grooming tools, and three braiders (Participatory) Size: 26” x 14’ x 10’ Date: 2014
  • Allogrooming Lounge II

    Media: Plywood, granite and ceramic tile, grout, carpet, flexible foam, fabric, deer hide, plants, fountain, grooming tools, and three braiders (Participatory) Size: 26” x 14’ x 10’ Date: 2014
  • Allogrooming Lounge II

    Media: Plywood, granite and ceramic tile, grout, carpet, flexible foam, fabric, deer hide, plants, fountain, grooming tools, and three braiders (Participatory) Size: 26” x 14’ x 10’ Date: 2014
  • Allogrooming Lounge II

    Media: Plywood, granite and ceramic tile, grout, carpet, flexible foam, fabric, deer hide, plants, fountain, grooming tools, and three braiders (Participatory) Size: 26” x 14’ x 10’ Date: 2014
  • Allogrooming Lounge

    Media: MDF, plywood, pine, tropical plants, mulch, hairstyling tools, and 6 hairstylists (Participatory) Size: 5' x 40' x 12' Date: 2014
  • Allogrooming Lounge

    Media: MDF, plywood, pine, tropical plants, mulch, hairstyling tools, and 6 hairstylists (Participatory) Size: 5' x 40' x 12' Date: 2014
  • Allogrooming Lounge

    Media: MDF, plywood, pine, tropical plants, mulch, hairstyling tools, and 6 hairstylists (Participatory) Size: 5' x 40' x 12' Date: 2014
  • Allogrooming Lounge

    sculpture, installation, interactive
    Allogrooming Lounge Media: MDF, plywood, pine, tropical plants, mulch, hairstyling tools, and 6 hairstylists (Participatory) Size: 5' x 40' x 12' Date: 2014 Photo credit Jerry Truong and Lisa Dillin
  • Allogrooming Lounge

    sculpture, installation, interactive
    Allogrooming Lounge Media: MDF, plywood, pine, tropical plants, mulch, hairstyling tools, and 6 hairstylists (Participatory) Size: 5' x 40' x 12' Date: 2014 Photo credit Jerry Truong and Lisa Dillin

Communal Drinking Source + Primal Tan (Participartory Works)

At Gallery Four for solo exhibit titled "Stopgap" March 2013

Statement for Communal Drinking Source:
This participatory art object simulates nature, becoming a surrogate for bodies of water. The water’s edge was a meeting place for our ancestors, a place to nourish oneself, to bathe and to socialize. CDS combines the experience of socializing by the water’s edge with that of an ordinary drinking fountain, an object that is ubiquitous in the modern realm.

Statement for Primal Tan:
The applicator of the spray-tan offers a transformative experience to the participant linking them to their ancestors who spent a great deal of time outdoors increasing their melanin production. Afterwards, participants retreat to a lounge allowing for the formation of temporal communities.

  • Communal Drinking Source

    Media: stainless steel, plumbing fixtures, laminate, artificial turf, plywood Dimensions: 12” h x 130” w x 130” d Date: 2013
  • Communal Drinking Source

    Media: stainless steel, plumbing fixtures, laminate, artificial turf, plywood Dimensions: 12” h x 130” w x 130” d Date: 2013
  • Communal Drinking Source

    Media: stainless steel, plumbing fixtures, laminate, artificial turf, plywood Dimensions: 12” h x 130” w x 130” d Date: 2013
  • Communal Drinking Source

    Media: stainless steel, plumbing fixtures, laminate, artificial turf, plywood Dimensions: 12” h x 130” w x 130” d Date: 2013
  • Primal Tan

    Media: spray tan equipment and solution, custom wall paper mural, painted plaster benches, sculpted mini-frig and other media Size: varies Date: 2013
  • Primal Tan

    Media: spray tan equipment and solution, custom wall paper mural, painted plaster benches, sculpted mini-frig and other media Size: varies Date: 2013
  • Primal Tan

    Media: spray tan equipment and solution, custom wall paper mural, painted plaster benches, sculpted mini-frig and other media Size: varies Date: 2013
  • Primal Tan

    Media: spray tan equipment and solution, custom wall paper mural, painted plaster benches, sculpted mini-frig and other media Size: varies Date: 2013
  • Primal Tan

    Media: spray tan equipment and solution, custom wall paper mural, painted plaster benches, sculpted mini-frig and other media Size: varies Date: 2013
  • Primal Tan

    Media: spray tan equipment and solution, custom wall paper mural, painted plaster benches, sculpted mini-frig and other media Size: varies Date: 2013

Natural Lighting Emulator Series 2019

About the Natural Lighting Emulator Series:

The Natural Lighting Emulator series is based on a specific natural lighting situation: sunlight as seen from beneath a tree canopy. Within the built environment, the opportunity to experience this “natural lighting situation” is diminishing. The cautionary NLE light works provide a thrilling surrogate for this natural phenomenon – they function as a playful solution to life in the built environment, disconnected from the natural world.

Natural Lighting Emulator Series 2011-2016

About the Natural Lighting Emulator Series:

The Natural Lighting Emulator series is based on a specific natural lighting situation: sunlight as seen from beneath a tree canopy. Within the built environment, the opportunity to experience this “natural lighting situation” is diminishing. The cautionary NLE light works provide a thrilling surrogate for this natural phenomenon – they function as a playful solution to life in the built environment, disconnected from the natural world.

  • Natural Lighting Emulator

    Light art, sculpture
    Natural Lighting Emulator Media: Ceiling tiles, aluminum, lighting, colored gels, plywood, paint Size: 93" x 103.5" x 103.5" Date: 2011 Installed at (e)merge art fair at the Capital Skyline Hotel in Washington DC with Flashpoint September 2011
  • Natural Lighting Emulator detail

    Light art, sculpture
    Natural Lighting Emulator Media: Ceiling tiles, aluminum, lighting, colored gels, plywood, paint Size: 93" x 103.5" x 103.5" Date: 2011 Installed at (e)merge art fair at the Capital Skyline Hotel in Washington DC with Flashpoint September 2011
  • Natural Lighting Emulator II

    Light art, sculpture
    Natural Lighting Emulator II Media: Vinyl vertical blinds, painted steel, fluorescent lighting, color gels Size: 84" x 74" x 6" Date: 2012 Photo credit: Ken Stanek
  • Natural Lighting Emulator II - detail

    Light art, sculpture
    Natural Lighting Emulator II Media: Vinyl vertical blinds, painted steel, fluorescent lighting, color gels Size: 84" x 74" x 6" Date: 2012 Photo credit: Ken Stanek
  • Natural Lighting Emulator III

    Light art, sculpture
    Natural Lighting Emulator III Media: Window, vinyl, sunlight Size: 93.5" x 52.5" Date: 2014
  • Natural Lighting Emulator III - detail

    Light art, sculpture
    Natural Lighting Emulator III Media: Window, vinyl, sunlight Size: 93.5" x 52.5" Date: 2014
  • Natural Lighting Emulator V

    Light art, sculpture
    Natural Lighting Emulator V Media: Waterjet Cut Aluminum, Painted Steel, Theatrical Lighting, Arduino-driven Servo Motors, Aluminum Truss Size: 13' x 20' x 20' Date: 2016 Created for Light City Baltimore 2016. Thanks to Adam Franchino for his brilliant work on the kinetics for this project.
  • Natural Lighting Emulator V

    Light art, sculpture
    Natural Lighting Emulator V Media: Waterjet Cut Aluminum, Painted Steel, Theatrical Lighting, Arduino-driven Servo Motors, Aluminum Truss Size: 13' x 20' x 20' Date: 2016 Created for Light City Baltimore 2016. Thanks to Adam Franchino for his brilliant work on the kinetics for this project.
  • Natural Lighting Emulator V - document of motion

    Natural Lighting Emulator V Media: Waterjet Cut Aluminum, Painted Steel, Theatrical Lighting, Arduino-driven Servo Motors, Aluminum Truss Size: 13' x 20' x 20' Date: 2016 Created for Light City Baltimore 2016. Thanks to Adam Franchino for his brilliant work on the kinetics for this project.
  • NLEV shadow sm.jpg

    Light art, sculpture
    Natural Lighting Emulator V Media: Waterjet Cut Aluminum, Painted Steel, Theatrical Lighting, Arduino-driven Servo Motors, Aluminum Truss Size: 13' x 20' x 20' Date: 2016 Created for Light City Baltimore 2016. Thanks to Adam Franchino for his brilliant work on the kinetics for this project.

Equivalent Formations I - V

About the Equivalent Formations Series:

Works within the Equivalent Formations series act as a stand-in for natural forms such as rocky outcrops and plant life. These man-made, often rectilinear, imposters hold the place for natural ephemera, marking the site as a reminder of the past while performing roles reflective of the contemporary human-dominated landscape.

  • Equivalent Formation V

    sculpture, nature
    Equivalent Formation V Media: Patinated steel, water + fountain pump, live ferns Size: Approximately 38" x 152" x 48" Date: 2016
  • Equivalent Formation V

    sculpture, nature
    Equivalent Formation V Media: Patinated steel, water + fountain pump, live ferns Size: Approximately 38" x 152" x 48" Date: 2016
  • Equivalent Formation IV

    sculpture, nature
    Equivalent Formation IV Media: Polystyrene, burlap, Winterstone, wire, rope plant hanger, painted steel, digital prints on archival paper Size: 30"x 16" x 23" (including wall mount) Date: 2013
  • Equivalent Formations(s) III

    Media: MDF, laminate, artificial ferns, copper Size: 7 units of various scale maximum individual size 40” h x 68” w x 40” d Date: 2013
  • Equivalent Formations(s) III

    Media: MDF, laminate, artificial ferns, copper Size: 7 units of various scale maximum individual size 40” h x 68” w x 40” d Date: 2013
  • Equivalent Formations(s) III

    Media: MDF, laminate, artificial ferns, copper Size: 7 units of various scale maximum individual size 40” h x 68” w x 40” d Date: 2013
  • Equivalent Formations III

    Media: MDF, laminate, artificial ferns, copper Size: 7 units of various scale maximum individual size 40” h x 68” w x 40” d Date: 2013
  • Equivalent Formations(s) III

    Media: MDF, laminate, artificial ferns, copper Size: 7 units of various scale maximum individual size 40” h x 68” w x 40” d Date: 2013
  • Equivalent Formation II

    sculpture, nature
    Equivalent Formation II Media: MDF, Formica laminate, brass, digital prints on archival paper Size: 20" x 15" x 15" Date: 2012
  • Equivalent Formation

    sculpture, nature
    Equivalent Formation Media: MDF, Formica laminate, brass, digital prints on archival paper Size: Two components combined: approximately 60" x 36" x 18" Date: 2012

Window Series

The "Window" series explores ideas of inside vs outside, the outside bearing connections to nature as in "the great outdoors", the inside as a space that seperates us from the exterior and inevitably from one another. The widow is the line that divides these two worlds. However, when one passes through the window into the outside this realm is likely to mirror the interior in that it is designed, controlled and unwild with little trace of nature. The window then becomes a mirror, our image is projected into both worlds pointing to a problematic and philosophical search for nature. Where then is the dividing line between the built environment and the natural world?

  • Window E (Vertical Blinds)

    Size: 72” x 24”, Media: digital print on mirror substrate, Date: 2012
  • Window F (Neon)

    Size: 45” x 30” Media: neon lighting Date: 2012
  • Window D

    Media: Digital Print on Mirror, Aluminum Backing Size: 48" x 30" Date: 2012 Edition Size: 3
  • Untitled (Mini-Blinds)

    Media: Laser Cut Corrugated Cardboard Size: 15.75" x 15.75" Date: 2011
  • Window C

    Media: Formica laminate, plywood, acrylic paint and two battery powered fluorescent tubes Size: 20? x 16? x 4? Date: 2011
  • Window C

    Media: Formica laminate, plywood, acrylic paint and two battery powered fluorescent tubes Size: 20? x 16? x 4? Date: 2011
  • Window B (detail)

    Media: acrylic on canvas, wood stretcher, plaster Size: 60.25? x 53? x 7? Date: 2011
  • Window B

    Media: acrylic on canvas, wood stretcher, plaster Size: 60.25? x 53? x 7? Date: 2011
  • Window B

    Media: acrylic on canvas, wood stretcher, plaster Size: 60.25? x 53? x 7? Date: 2011
  • Window A

    Media: aluminum, Formica laminate, fluorescent lighting Size: 42? x 62.5? x 4? Date: 2010

UDEU and other Sculptures

  • Working in the Cloud

    sculpture, nature
    Working in the Cloud Media: painted MDF, case fans Size: 44" x 88" x 21" main structure Date: 2012 Photo credit: Ken Stanek
  • Working in the Cloud - detail

    Working in the Cloud Media: painted MDF, case fans Size: 44" x 88" x 21" main structure Date: 2012 Photo credit: Ken Stanek
  • Root Balls

    sculpture, nature
    Root Balls Media: MDF, Formica laminate Sizes: large: 22" x 41" x 41", small: 14" x 26" x 26" Date: 2011
  • Under the Desk Escape Unit (UDEU)

    sculpture, installation, interactive, video
    Under the Desk Escape Unit Media: laminate, mdf, polystyrene, epoxy, Aqua-Resin, video and found objects Size: 65" x 108" x 30" Date: 2010 The Under the Desk Escape Unit was originally exhibited at Artspace in New Haven CT in 2010 and was later included in Baltimore Liste, The Contemporary Museum, Baltimore, MD, curated by Sue Spaid in 2012.
  • Under the Desk Escape Unit (UDEU)

    sculpture, installation, interactive, video
    Under the Desk Escape Unit Media: laminate, mdf, polystyrene, epoxy, Aqua-Resin, video and found objects Size: 65" x 108" x 30" Date: 2010 The Under the Desk Escape Unit was originally exhibited at Artspace in New Haven CT in 2010 and was later included in Baltimore Liste, The Contemporary Museum, Baltimore, MD, curated by Sue Spaid in 2012.
  • Under the Desk Escape Unit (UDEU) detail

    Media: (interactive installation) laminate, mdf, polystyrene, epoxy, Aqua-Resin, video and found objects Size: 65" x 108" x 30" Date: 2010
  • Under the Desk Escape Unit

    sculpture, installation, interactive, video
    Under the Desk Escape Unit Media: laminate, mdf, polystyrene, epoxy, Aqua-Resin, video and found objects Size: 65" x 108" x 30" Date: 2010
  • Under the Desk Escape Unit (UDEU) detail

    Media: (interactive installation) laminate, mdf, polystyrene, epoxy, Aqua-Resin, video and found objects Size: 65" x 108" x 30" Date: 2010
  • Under the Desk Escape Unit (UDEU)

    Media: (interactive installation) laminate, mdf, polystyrene, epoxy, Aqua-Resin, video and found objects Size: 65" x 108" x 30" Date: 2010

Smaller Works: Photography, sculpture, mixed media

Lisa's Curated Collection

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