WATERHOUSE & DODD NEW YORK is pleased to present Ad Astra Per Aspera by Dutch artist Dylan Graham. The exhibition marks Graham’s first solo show with the gallery, comprised of exquisite cut paper and installation works.
Ad astra per aspera is a Latin phrase, which translates as through hardships to the stars. Dylan Graham looks directly to the pageant of history for inspiration. The political content of his work addresses the social aspects and repercussions of colonialism and the historic and modern cultural context of immigration and forced migration. His work comments on the movements from the revolutionary missions of discovery dating back to Cortez and the Dutch East/West India Companies, to the modern day realities of the new colonialists- refugees, adventure seekers and multi- national corporations.
The paper cutouts are monochromatic works made by intricately cutting a single sheet of paper down to minute details. The imagery is rendered in a complex silhouette; the whole then decoratively embellished, taking inspiration from folk traditions from around the world.
Dylan Graham was born in Otautahi, New Zealand, he lives and works in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. He was awarded an MFA from Sandberg Institute, Amsterdam and a BFA from Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam. His work can be found in leading international private and public collections such as the State Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, Greece, the West Collection, Philadelphia, USA, The Dhondt-Dhaenens Museum, Deurle, Belgium and the Herbert F Johnson Museum, Ithaca, New York.