In 1975, Dusti Bongé had her last solo show at the Betty Parsons Gallery in New York. At The time they had been friends for about 30 years. This show came after a fairly long hiatus, during which time both Dusti and Betty were involved with the respective curve-balls life had thrown their way.
This exhibit offered Dusti an opportunity to show a whole new dimension of work she had been exploring for several years. In the 1970s she started learning from a boat builder friend how to work with fiberglass. She figured out a way to make fiberglass “paintings’, which were in fact sheets of fiberglass she would cast with various dry colored pigments in the resin.
The works she created were inspired by her early days, when she lived in New York with her husband Archie, and explored a distinct memory she had of living in small city apartments. She noted that when living in New York, one often didn’t have a view out of one’s window, but rather that the window was merely a source of light, looking out onto a light shaft or blank wall. It was something that had always bothered her.
Now she had a solution. The fiberglass paintings she made were “Window Paintings”, created specifically to address this window problem. Given their translucent nature the paintings were meant to hang in front of the window so that during the day the light could still stream in but your view would be much improved. At night, the reverse would occur, with the panels becoming visible from the outside as the light within was transmitted though the window.
WE ARE THRILLED TO SAY THAT SOON, DUSTI WILL ONCE AGAIN BE SHOWN IN NEW YORK AT THE HOLLIS TAGGART GALLERY!
HAPPY IDES OF MARCH!