Dominick Di Meo Myself as Magician 1972 synthetic polymer transfer and charcoal on canvas 22" x 26"
Dominick Di Meo Floating Figures 1973 charcoal and synthetic polymer on canvas 74" x 60"
Dominick Di Meo Untitled (Blue & Orange with Black Figures) 1965 acrylic and synthetic polymer on canvas 74" x 60"
Dominick Di Meo Limp Voyeur in a Humid Landscape 1965 synthetic polymer on canvas 50" x 60"
Dominick Di Meo Soft Bouquet 1965 acrylic and synthetic polymer on canvas 60" x 50"
Dominick Di Meo Untitled (Head with Bones on Black) no date shaped synthetic polymer on canvas 32" x 23.5"
Dominick Di Meo Untitled (Chrome Lozenge with Skulls) no date shaped synthetic polymer on canvas 32" x 24"
Dominick Di Meo Untitled (Face with Forks) 1968 acrylic and synthetic polymer on canvas 28.5" x 18"
Dominick Di Meo Untitled (Collage Sea with Mans Face on Top) 1970 acrylic, synthetic polymer and collage on canvas 28" x 20"
Dominick Di Meo Hello Max! Tick-Tock 1966 acrylic and synthetic polymer on canvas 22" x 30"
Dominick Di Meo Personage Writhing in Night 1972 synthetic polymer transfer on canvas 26" x 30"
Dominick Di Meo Untitled (Jadwiga Dreams) 1971 synthetic polymer and cord on linen 46.5" x 30.5"
Dominick Di Meo Untitled 1971 synthetic polymer and charcoal on linen 30.5" x 42.5"
Dominick Di Meo The Bride Revisited (Cigars) 1971 synthetic polymer, collage and cord on linen 34" x 28"
Dominick Di Meo Untitled (Shaped Canvas with Sunglasses and Red) 1966 acrylic and synthetic polymer on canvas 36" x 33"
Dominick Di Meo Untitled (Black with Black Blob in the Middle) 1972 shaped synthetic polymer on canvas 32" x 24"
Dominick Di Meo Untitled (Moon Watch) 1972 acrylic and synthetic polymer on canvas 28" x 22"
Dominick Di Meo Untitled (Night Crawler) 1970 acrylic and synthetic polymer transfer on canvas 16" x 20"
An inspiration to subsequent artists, including Jim Nutt, Gladys Nilsson, and Art Green, Di Meo is one of Chicago’s key transitional figures and an artist of immense power and sensitivity. One of the original members of the so-called Monster Roster, a 1950s group of Chicago artists that included Leon Golub, Nancy Spero, Cosmo Campoli, George Cohen, June Leaf, Ted Halkin, and Seymour Rosofsky, Di Meo’s Chicago-era work was ferociously unique and personal. His early paintings and drawings featured stressed, existentially tormented figures. He was deeply moved by his encounters with the catacombs of Mexico and Rome, and his dark, haunting images began to acquire a set of common icons, which included skulls and disarticulated limbs and bones. By the late ’50s, Di Meo was making reliefs, utilizing papier-mache, plastic wood, layers of vinyl and plaster. In 196, Di Meo spent a year in Italy, traveling, living in Florence, and working feverishly on his reliefs. When he returned to Chicago, he began painting large scale, creating a stunning series of works that combine synthetic polymer and various methods of stenciling. Playful and somewhat lighter in tone, but still possessed of a dark sense of humor, these glorious works were the last ones Di Meo showed during his tenure in Chicago. For this, Corbett vs. Dempsey’s first exhibition of Di Meo’s work, the selection concentrates on the first quarter century of his development, including the key pieces he made while living in Chicago. To celebrate his reintroduction, CvsD has produced a catalog documenting his achievement. Robert Cozzolino, Curator of Modern Art at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, aptly titled his catalog essay: “Where Have You Been All My Life, Dominick Di Meo?”