Art Talk Monday (Upcoming Bistro Show!!)


The North Central Louisiana Arts Council and 102 a Bistro will be presenting the work of Dean Dablow and Peter Jones at the opening reception of Elusive Precision on May 2nd at 102 a Bistro (102 S Monroe St, Ruston, LA) from 5-7 pm. The exhibit will feature Dean Dablow’s constructed paintings and Peters Jones’ digital photography.

Dablow spent his childhood between North Dakota and Wisconsin, where he graduated high school in 1964. He began his undergraduate training at the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point as a painter/sculptor. The camera became increasingly intriguing as an art-making tool and his graduate training was done at the University of Iowa where he received his MFA in photography in 1974. Dablow retired from teaching at Louisiana Tech University in 2007 where he had been the head of photography since 1976 and had been appointed Director of the School of Art in 1997. He also currently holds the rank of Professor Emeritus at Louisiana Tech.

In Dean Dablow’s current body of work, he has gone back to his painting roots. The pieces are on hollow core door panels giving the appearance of typical canvas depth. The edges are painted and some are even shaped by cutting into the rectangle, introducing a third dimension and consequently suggesting a sculptural weight and 3-D relief instead of a two-dimensional surface. Dablow mentions in his artist statement, “For me, they are a combination of both: painted sculpture or sculpted painting.”

Jones completed his MFA at the University of Iowa in 1969 and taught at Louisiana Tech from 1980 until

2011 when he retired. After graduating with his MFA, Jones turned to realist painting when he discovered the abstract, formalist qualities he sought after could be better achieved painting directly from life. Jones prefers “to work from life, as the nuances of light captured by the human eye exceed the capability of the single photographic frame.”

Jones has done documentary photography over the years and since the digital revolution, has become more actively involved in documentary work. He has covered the projects of the North Central Louisiana Arts Council, the Louisiana State Fiddle Contest, and the Dubach Chicken Festival. In the past several years, his renewed interest in photography has led him to exploring the ways of the new digital medium and its capacity for subtle color adjustment that can be used to support his particular manner of working. Jones has been drawn to photography “for its own sake, as an extension of [his] interest in painting.”

Peter Jones’ digital photography, presented at a small scale, and Dean Dablow’s paintings that are quite large, 40”x18”, will complement each other and present a dynamic feel for the exhibit. The opening will be on May 2 from 5-7 pm at 102 a Bistro in Ruston (102 S Monroe St). All works of art will be for sale. Dean Dablow’s paintings will be $200 off during the opening only and will return to their original price after the opening reception.