DINA WIND / ASSEMBLAGE SCULPTURE
I call my welded sculptural assemblages "drawings in space." Terms such as composition, balance and movement are very important in understanding the three dimensional work I create.
I comb scrap metal and car parts yards to find discarded found-objects, cutouts and car parts, which serve as the raw material for my creations. My objective is to transform these elements, and to elevate the "junk" into a new aesthetic entity whose lines flow in space. The heavy metals I use seem decisively light and airy due to the movement of the composition. The identity of the original found objects gives way to a new assemblage, while simultaneously encouraging the observer to discover the original, familiar parts within the composition. An element of humor is involved in the process of discovering the found objects, and the "new life" they assumed.
The original colors of the found metal is sometimes preserved and intensified by a varnish coating, or totally painted over.
My sculptures can be displayed in a cluster or as individual pieces. They can be hung on the wall or placed on a flat surface.
In my 2000, 2003 and 2006 solo shows, in addition to the above sculptures, I created room installations that allowed me to develop a total conceptual entity that involved the whole room and engaged the viewer in an immediate dialog with the work, while walking around it (2000 and 2006) or through it (2003). The recycling material of fenders, tires, exhaust pipes and mufflers were transformed into a new aesthetic entity that took on its own narratives and images.
In 2006 Nexus solo show, I displayed a whole new body of work in a new medium: 3D Paper on Board. I recycled old drawings I did of my sculptures, tore and rolled the torn pieces and created 3D compositions that were presented as a wall series.
I plan to continue in exploring the 3D possibilities on paper and hope to exhibit a new body of work in my next solo show.
- 1974 M.A., University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
- 1972 Certificate of Art Appreciation, Barnes Foundation, Merion, PA
- 1961 B.A., Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel
- 2006 Nexus Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
- 2003 Nexus Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
- 2000 Nexus Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
- 2000 Salem State College, Salem, Mass.
- 1999 Sylvia White Gallery, New York, N.Y.
- 1997 Viridian Gallery, New York, NY
- 1996 Nexus Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
- 1994 Viridian Gallery, New York, NY
- 1993 Nexus Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
- 1992 Viridian Gallery, New York, NY
- 1990 Nexus Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
- 1988 Nexus Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
- 1988 Viridian Gallery, New York, NY
- 1987 Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA
- 1986 Nexus Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
- 1986 Pleiades Gallery, New York, NY
- 1983 Faculty Club, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
GROUP EXHIBITIONS (SELECTED)
- 2009 Art a la Mode, 950MODE, Philadelphia, PA
- 2008 Philadelphia Sculptors at West Chester University, West Chester University, West Chester, PA
- 2007 Now ApPIERing, Atlantic City Art Center, Atlantic City, NJ
- Newton’s First Law, Nexus Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
- 2006 Metals and More, Art in City Hall, Philadelphia , PA.
- Combining Forces, Howard County Center for the Arts, Elliot City , MD.
- 2005 Philadelphia Sculptors: A Case for Art, juried exhibition and auction, Philadelphia, Pa.
- 2004 Nexus Gallery, Philadelphia, Pa. (1985 – present)
- Discontent, Nexus Gallery, Philadelphia, Pa.
- Night and Day, Borowsky Gallery, The Gershman Y, Broad & Pine Streets, Philadelphia, Pa.
- 2003 Crossing the Line, Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia, Pa.
- Nexus Heads South, Dundalk Gallery, The Community College of Baltimore County, Baltimore Md.
- On the Edge, Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts & Sciences, Loveladies, N.J.
- 2001 Philadelphia Sculptors @ The Federal Reserve Bank, Federal Reserve Bank, Philadelphia, Pa.
- Art at Girard, Founder’s Hall, Girard College, Philadelphia, Pa.
- Art for Artists’ Sake: 2001; Juried Exhibition, Philadelphia Art Alliance, Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, Pa.
- 2000 Captured Vision, Philadelphia Sculptors at Washington Square, Washington, D.C. (also 1998)
- Art of the State: Pennsylvania 2000, Juried Exhibition, The State Museum of Pa., Harrisburg, Pa.(also ‘99,’97, ‘96)
- Art Works/Water Works, Invitational Exhibition, The Shops at Liberty Place, Philadelphia, Pa.
- Philadelphia Sculptors 2000, Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, Pa.
- 1999 Juried Exhibition, Mayfair Festival of the Arts, Allentown Art Museum, Allentown, Pa. (also 1998)
- Juried Exhibition, Three Rivers Arts Festival, Pittsburgh, Pa. (also 1998 and 1992)
- Artscape 2000 Minus 1, Juried Exhibition, Baltimore’s Festival of the Arts, Baltimore, Md.
- 1998 Sylvia White Gallery, Santa Monica, Ca.
- Sylvia White Gallery, New York, N.Y.
- Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, N.Y.
- Bestiaries, Norbert Considine Gallery, Stuart Day School, Princeton N.J.
- Philadelphia Sculptors: A Group Exhibition, Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, N.J.
- 1998 Sculpture Garden Exhibition, Invitational Exhibition, Burlington County College, Pemberton, N.J.
- 1997 College of Mount St. Vincent, Riverdale, NY
- Zone one contemporary, Asheville, NC (also 1996)
- 1996 CCI Gallery, Boston, MA
- John Jay College, New York, NY (also 1990, '89)
- Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA, (also 1992, '85)
- 1995 Borowsky Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, (also 1991, '90)
- Nabisco Gallery, East Hanover, NJ
- 1993 Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA (also 1990)
- 1992 Liberty State Park, NJ
- Unelever House, New York, NY
- Allentown Art Museum, Allentown, PA
- 1991 The Gallery at the State Theatre Center the Arts, Easton, PA
- WomanWorks 91, Wayne, PA
- 1990 Camden County Cultural and Heritage Commission, Camden, NJ
- Amos Eno Gallery, New York, NY
- 1988 Susquehanna Mid-Atlantic, Selinsgrove, PA
- 1987 Harrisburg Art Center, Harrisburg, PA
- 1986 State College, PA
- Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, St. Francis College, PA
- The Pen and Brush, Inc., New York, NY
- 1985 Seton Hill College, PA
- 2000 First Prize, Sculpture. Art of the State: Pennsylvania 2000, Juried Exhibition, The State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, Pa.
- 1999 Honorable Mention, Juried Exhibition, Mayfair Festival of the Arts, Open Space Gallery, Allentown, Pa.
- 1998 Merit Award for Sculpture, Juried Exhibition, Three Rivers Arts Festival, Pittsburgh, Pa.
- 1997 Honorable Mention, Sculpture. Art of the State: Pennsylvania ‘97, Juried Exhibition, The State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, Pa.
- 1992 Louise Cramer Award for Sculpture, Woodmere Art Museum 52nd Juried Exhibition, Philadelphia, PA
- Merion Art and Repro Award for Sculpture, Main Line Center for the Arts, Haverford, PA (also 1991, '86, '85)
- 1991 Robert Kramer Memorial Award for Sculpture, Main Line Center for the Arts, Haverford, PA
- 1986 Irvin Sall Memorial Award for Professional Sculpture, Cheltenham Art Center, Cheltenham, PA (also 1984)
- Honorable Mention, The Pen and Brush, Inc., New York, NY
- Heicklen & Bogash Award, Main Line Center for the Arts, Haverford, PA
- 1985 Itzhak Sankowsky Award for Sculpture, Main Line Center for the Arts, Haverford, PA
- 1984 J. Noble Wagner Fund Award for Sculpture, Cheltenham Art Center Membership Show, Cheltenham, PA
- Numerous works in private collections
- "Art Happenings" Main Line Times, (August 26, 1977).
- “As we tow, so shall we reap.” The Philadelphia Inquirer, (April 18, 2000), p. F-1.
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West Collection (Spring 2007)
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