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Jim Dine


Big Heart on The Rock

Sydney Grant Walton
love is ...
We agree that this is a big heart. Exactly symmetrical with perfect circles, straight lines, a deep cutting and a sharp-edged cut-out.
Of course, we know that a heart has a different appearance; with tubes, balls, recesses and rooms. Isn’t it ridiculous that we hold on the image of the perfect ideal form?
This artpiece has also a serious side; that is the surface. This is in contrast to the clear-cut form. You can see the rough clots, the daubed plastic, the broken surfaces.
This is art with a big wink. The message of Big Heart on The Rock by Jim Dine could be on a tile: love is perfect and it has its peaks and troughs.
By Theo,

liefde is ...
Wij zijn het erover eens dat dit een groot hart is. Precies symmetrisch met perfecte cirkels, rechte lijnen, een diepe insnijding en een scherpe uitsnede.
Natuurlijk weten wij dat een hart er anders uitziet; met buizen, ballen, holten en kamers. Het is toch lachwekkend waarom wij vasthouden aan deze perfecte ideale vorm?
Dit kunstwerk heeft ook een serieuze kant; namelijk het oppervlakte. Dit staat in contrast met de heldere vorm. Je ziet ruwe kledders, uitgesmeerde plastieken, gebroken oppervlakten.
Dit is kunst met een vet knipoog. De boodschap van Big Heart on The Rock van Jim Dine kan op een tegeltje: liefde is perfect en kent pieken en dalen.
By Theo,
im Dine Hearts is one of the most beloved themes, central to the artist’s historical body of work.
While hearts are universally recognizable, within contemporary art history, Jim Dine has laid undisputed claim to the shape, suggesting boundless possibilities endowed with complex meaning.
Together with other everyday forms, including bathrobes and tools, Dine’s work is often placed within the realm of Pop Art. While the subjects of his work are taken from popular sources, they do not serve the same ironic sensibility. Instead, they are invested with rich personal significance through the artist’s tactile brushwork, inventive printmaking techniques, and monumental cast sculptures.
A self-described romantic artist, Dine has embraced the heart as a template through which he can explore relationships of color, texture, and composition. Dine’s dynamic repetition of a condensed visual vocabulary has redefined the once-common heart as a personal symbol for the artist.
How many hearts has Jim Dine drawn over the course of his career? 'Millions ... I have no idea but it’s mine and I use it as a template for all my emotions,' Dine has said. According to Dine, the heart is a simple shape with limitless potential to represent friends, family, poetry, travel, and more. To showcase these different sentiments, the Pop artist renders his hearts with an expressive touch, filled with patchworks of colors and energetic brushstrokes. While Dine is perhaps best known for his hearts, he’s also dedicated his career to other popular symbols, including tools, plants, robes, the Venus de Milo, and Pinocchio.
The two mixed media prints, Yellow Marks and The Black and Red Heart (both 2013) feature hearts that appear to be flat, as if they were cut out of paper and pasted on to the composition. Such pieces lend credence, perhaps, to Dine’s response to the question of whether his work is based on intuition or rational thoughts: 'I don’t have any rational thoughts.'
Jim Dine (born June 16, 1935) is an American pop artist. He is sometimes considered to be a part of the Neo-Dada movement.
He first earned respect in the art world with his Happenings. Pioneered with artists Claes Oldenburg and Allan Kaprow, in conjunction with musician John Cage, the "Happenings" were chaotic performance art that was a stark contrast with the more somber mood of the expressionists popular in the New York art world. The first of these was the 30-second The Smiling Worker performed in 1959.
In 1962 Dine's work was included, along with Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, Robert Dowd, Phillip Hefferton, Joe Goode, Edward Ruscha, and Wayne Thiebaud, in the historically important and ground-breaking New Painting of Common Objects, curated by Walter Hopps at the Norton Simon Museum. This exhibition is historically considered one of the first "Pop Art" exhibitions in America. These painters started a movement, in a time of social unrest, which shocked America and the art world. The Pop Art movement fundamentally altered the nature of modern art.
Located at Washington State University in the city of Pullman, Washington, The Technicolor Heart (The Big One) is a 12 foot tall silicon bronze sculpture painted with oil enamel in the shape of a heart. It is one of 31 pieces of art on display on WSU's campus. This statue, inspired by his earliest memories of work, is painted blue and is covered in hand tools. After the Virginia Tech shooting (April 16, 2007), the artwork was surrounded by small white hearts that were placed by Washington State University students as a spontaneous memorial to that tragic event. The Technicolor Heart was acquired in 2004 for $391,440 by the Washington State Arts Commission, which is a state government agency established in 1961, for the State Art Collection.