Convenient Culture Prop

Dina Gadia
Silverlens, Manila

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About

    Dina Gadia’s trademark graphic style lined with sardonic feminist humor is on view in her latest show at Silverlens Galleries with the title Convenient Culture Prop.

    Dina Gadia’s collages and paintings are immediately appealing for their sense of cultural nostalgia, where the pull of sentiment adds to the perspicacity of her cautionary meditations on sexuality and prevalent social conventions. Her work is reminiscent of classic Pop Art that employs surrealist shock tactics of colliding images and texts to elicit unconscious meaning. Gadia avoids the common but rote gestures of photorealism, using instead a style reminiscent of bygone poster and billboard design, where the de-skilling of the painterly mark becomes a statement about the triumph of artistic sovereignty over technical alienation and commodification. Thus she exchanges mindless mechanical mimicry with the warm humanist cynicism ruminating on obsolescence. Dina Gadia spearheads this hardcore foundation for painting without giving in to languid and lugubrious attempts.

    By appropriating found images from the popular culture of long ago, in which their curious juxtaposition altogether unlocks the blind romanticism of its milieu towards new discourses of historical insight and cultural discovery, Gadia henceforth provides the facility to explore sensitive subject matter without being doctrinaire, whilst further allowing wit in the initiation of audience participation. Such jarring combinations of disparate material and context, accordingly, allow unexpected associative interpretations that intuit unconscious social meaning, rather than simply signify already received ideas. Thus, it becomes fantastically unsettling when Gadia combines something that appears three-dimensional - such as a realistic landscape, with two-dimensional cut-out objects and figures that would then occupy the space. This contrast produces an alternative reality believable only in its irrationality, where paradox is the only ruling condition. Through this collage aesthetic, Dina Gadia creates a universe of codified lyricism.

    Words by Arvin Flores

Dina Gadia’s trademark graphic style lined with sardonic feminist humor is on view in her latest show at Silverlens Galleries with the title Convenient Culture Prop.

Dina Gadia’s collages and paintings are immediately appealing for their sense of cultural nostalgia, where the pull of sentiment adds to the perspicacity of her cautionary meditations on sexuality and prevalent social conventions. Her work is reminiscent of classic Pop Art that employs surrealist shock tactics of colliding images and texts to elicit unconscious meaning. Gadia avoids the common but rote gestures of photorealism, using instead a style reminiscent of bygone poster and billboard design, where the de-skilling of the painterly mark becomes a statement about the triumph of artistic sovereignty over technical alienation and commodification. Thus she exchanges mindless mechanical mimicry with the warm humanist cynicism ruminating on obsolescence. Dina Gadia spearheads this hardcore foundation for painting without giving in to languid and lugubrious attempts.

By appropriating found images from the popular culture of long ago, in which their curious juxtaposition altogether unlocks the blind romanticism of its milieu towards new discourses of historical insight and cultural discovery, Gadia henceforth provides the facility to explore sensitive subject matter without being doctrinaire, whilst further allowing wit in the initiation of audience participation. Such jarring combinations of disparate material and context, accordingly, allow unexpected associative interpretations that intuit unconscious social meaning, rather than simply signify already received ideas. Thus, it becomes fantastically unsettling when Gadia combines something that appears three-dimensional - such as a realistic landscape, with two-dimensional cut-out objects and figures that would then occupy the space. This contrast produces an alternative reality believable only in its irrationality, where paradox is the only ruling condition. Through this collage aesthetic, Dina Gadia creates a universe of codified lyricism.

Words by Arvin Flores

Works

Dina Gadia
Blind Acceptance of Conventional Opinion
2013
2541
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9.84h x 6.30w in • 25h x 16w cm
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Dina Gadia
By the power of
2013
2543
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collage
11.02h x 7.87w in • 28h x 20w cm
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Dina Gadia
Whole New Animal
2013
2563
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collage
11.02h x 6.69w in • 28h x 17w cm
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Dina Gadia
Customs to Launder in a Doppelganger Habitat
2013
2546
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collage
10.83h x 6.69w in • 27.50h x 17w cm
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Dina Gadia
Sense of Astonishment (Damsel in Disgrace)
2013
2555
2
collage
10.63h x 7.68w in • 27h x 19.50w cm
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Dina Gadia
Sense of Astonishment (Grace Before Meat)
2013
2556
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collage
10.83h x 7.68w in • 27.50h x 19.50w cm
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Dina Gadia
Early Period of Modernism
2013
2550
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collage
9.84h x 6.30w in • 25h x 16w cm
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Dina Gadia
Doomed Accuracy
2013
2548
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collage
9.84h x 6.30w in • 25h x 16w cm
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Dina Gadia
Unashamed Love Rites
2013
2562
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collage
9.84h x 6.30w in • 25h x 16w cm
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Dina Gadia
Testosterone-driven Canon (Beautiful State)
2013
2557
2
collage
11.42h x 8.46w in • 29h x 21.50w cm
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Dina Gadia
Testosterone-driven Canon (Bite Back)
2013
2558
2
collage
11.02h x 8.46w in • 28h x 21.50w cm
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Dina Gadia
Testosterone-driven Canon (Regular Habit)
2013
2559
2
collage
11.42h x 8.46w in • 29h x 21.50w cm
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Dina Gadia
As Nature Intended
2013
2540
2
collage
3.74h x 2.56w in • 9.50h x 6.50w cm
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Dina Gadia
Boundaries of Decency
2013
2542
2
collage
16.14h x 10.43w in • 41h x 26.50w cm
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Dina Gadia
Tropical Tangle
2013
2561
2
collage
9.45h x 6.30w in • 24h x 16w cm
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Dina Gadia
Hair Barrier
2013
2553
2
collage
10.04h x 6.89w in • 25.50h x 17.50w cm
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Dina Gadia
Deathscape: Impressions of the 21st Century
2013
2547
2
collage
6.50h x 8.07w in • 16.50h x 20.50w cm
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Dina Gadia
Casting a Courageous Vision
2013
2544
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collage
7.68h x 6.10w in • 19.50h x 15.50w cm
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Dina Gadia
Double Exposure
2013
2549
2
collage
8.46h x 8.86w in • 21.50h x 22.50w cm
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Dina Gadia
Fast Track Love
2013
2551
2
collage
7.09h x 8.07w in • 18h x 20.50w cm
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Dina Gadia
Femme Figure Study
2013
2552
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collage
12.20h x 10.63w in • 31h x 27w cm
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Dina Gadia
Let’s Stop Making History
2013
2554
2
collage
7.48h x 8.27w in • 19h x 21w cm
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Dina Gadia
Cosmopolitan Sensibility
2013
2545
2
collage
10.83h x 18.11w in • 27.50h x 46w cm
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Dina Gadia
Them
2013
2560
2
collage
10.04h x 16.73w in • 25.50h x 42.50w cm
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Dina Gadia
A Brighter Day
2013
2564
2
acrylic on canvas
35.83h x 48w in • 91h x 121.92w cm
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Dina Gadia
Hard practice enjoyable day by day
2013
2565
2
acrylic on canvas
60h x 48w in • 152.40h x 121.92w cm
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Dina Gadia
Mastery and Desire
2013
2566
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acrylic on canvas
60h x 48w in • 152.40h x 121.92w cm
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Dina Gadia
On wit’s end (Entertainment in quest of understanding)
2013
2567
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acrylic on canvas
60h x 48w in • 152.40h x 121.92w cm
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Dina Gadia
Popular Mechanics (Deface Value Management)
2013
2568
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acrylic on canvas
60h x 48w in • 152.40h x 121.92w cm
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Dina Gadia
Convenient Culture Prop II
2013
2570
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acrylic on wood
67.72h x 23.62w in • 172h x 60w cm
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Dina Gadia
Convenient Culture Prop IV
2013
2572
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acrylic on wood
15.75h x 61.81w in • 40h x 157w cm
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Dina Gadia
Convenient Culture Prop I
2013
2569
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acrylic on wood
40.75h x 40.50w in • 103.50h x 102.87w cm
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Dina Gadia
Convenient Culture Prop V
2013
2573
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acrylic on wood
9.06h x 17.52w in • 23h x 44.50w cm
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Dina Gadia
Convenient Culture Prop III
2013
2574
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acrylic on wood
63.98h x 16.93w in • 162.50h x 43w cm
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