Ranelle Dial’s “Revolves” is a series of paintings and objects that document the process the motions of the earth’s rotation. Similar to how a sundial functions, each work presents a portion of time as it moves from darkness to lightness and vice versa. Angled accordingly in 30 degree lapses, every hour in a 12-hr period is chronicled on each image, and is marked more intently through a parallel installation that shows the shifts of shadow and illumination with every turn.
Drawing inspiration from Martin Creed’s ‘Work No. 88’ (1995), a crumpled piece of blank A4 paper into a sphere, and Latifa Echakhch’s ‘Globus’ (2007), a print of a crumpled world map, Dial depicts another layer to the subject by translating it through paint on canvas. Formalistically, it turns into a challenge of whether one will be able to capture the same volume despite the change of shape. The pieces are also an extension of her 2014 exhibition titled “Pocket Its”, a collection of crumpled manila paper illustration objects and most definitively a stain-like figure of the world map, and of her 2011 exhibitions “Hide Seek and Keep” and “Seek Keep and Hide”, a set of oil paintings of various empty receptacles on bare almost eerily serene looking spaces as well as installative versions of maps. This process of concealment and revelation has been a constant point of exploration for Dial, where the quiet becomes an entry point for indefinite questioning.
Tension and a sense of anxiety can be felt in the act of creasing and wrinkling. What is intended to be flatly seen and 2-dimensional, as in a map, is obscured — both hidden and revealed at the same time through folds, dents and creases. Definitive contexts and spaces are also made ambiguous as the act of crumpling literally merges varying parts of the earth. The focus instead moves to chiaroscuro and its imitation of the movement of the earth. Time then becomes the only overarching chronicle of the everyday regardless of standpoint — a shared experience of the routine in mundanity. (Iris Ferrer)
Artworks from the Show
30 Degrees (Series 1-XII), Ranelle Dial, 2019, Oil on canvas, 18×18 in
Revolves, Ranelle Dial, 2019, Deflated globe, size variable