Collage artist Dylan England makes work about the ideas of comfort and home. Those potent and endlessly fertile subjects, which animate the work of many local artists such as painter Amy Greenan and sculptor Patrick Robideau, take the form of old photographs and scrawled writing in a new exhibition of England’s work opening Friday in 464 Gallery (464 Amherst St.).
“Country Disco: Collage and Drawings by Dylan England” contains many of the artist’s most recent constructions, which combine photographs of trees, human figures and symbols against a background of graffiti-esque bubble letters spelling out difficult-to-decipher messages. The images he selected, Dylan wrote in a statement, are both unfamiliar and comforting to him at the same time, pointing toward some murky aspect of his suburban and rural youth.
“I placed the mazelike word bubbles over the images I had obtained, and began to extrapolate my own narratives about youth, the houses we grow up in, and the effects that these places have on our lives,” England wrote.
The exhibition opens with a reception at 6 p.m. Friday and runs through Jan. 29. Call 983.2112 or visit www.464gallery.com.
– Colin Dabkowski