Dittmar Exhibits

Drone Stories



By: Sabba S. Elahi

Drone Stories reminds us of the drones and cross-hairs that loom above us near and far and their causal domestic disturbances at sites of war/conflict.  The works consider the relationship between the technology of the state and the intimately private acts of the individual, the unmanned with the womaned.

Elahi’s work utilizes hand, machine embroidery, and text to call into question the domestic “war on terror”  which began long before 9/11 to target law abiding American Muslims and the more than decade long  drone offensive in Pakistan, a program  touted for its technological accuracy. Ironically, we are limited in our comprehension of casualities as media sources estimate the range of civilian deaths between 424-957 and a total casualty count to be 2,500-4,100 persons. Elahi’s commitment to write the unknown critiques the covert status of the operation.

In her recent embroideries, Elahi surveys everyday moments with her son.  She draws a parallel between his micro actions of seeking comfort and safety to the macro lense of our nation-state, policies prompted by fear under the guise of national security. Elahi’s human suspects haunt us with the vulnerability of their mundane and subtle gestures of everyday patterns. Ultimately Elahi critiques the essence of covert surveillance operations, measured on a physical distance from the object of one’s gaze, a way of seeing without recognizing. To this degree, we are never certain how in our everyday black, brown, and Muslim bodies are being read, and in the end, in some contexts, this can be a matter of life and death

Opening Reception: January 11th, 5-7 pm

Exhibit Dates: January 11th-February 12th



By: Lisa Goesling

All artists are Storytellers, drawing people in through their imagery. Storylines consists of two bodies of work created on Scratchboard, hard boards covered in clay and India ink. A simple swipe of a knife and in an instant…a work of art is born.

Lisa Goesling’s series, Environmental Movement, inspired by Eco-Psychology, concentrates on nature’s designs. Mysteries lie deep within unearthed through the lens of a magnifying glass. Spontaneous Combustion converts nature’s minute details into geometric shapes, telling the story of movement, patterns and textures through line. 

Ms. Goesling neither sketches first or erases, enabling the viewer to experience the same level of energy that Lisa does when she creates. Every time you become intimate with her art, you realize that there is always more to the story. 

Exhibit Dates: October 20th-November 27th

View a video of STORYLINES exhibit

Let Me Be A_Part of_Your Search History


By: Jonathan McFadden

See a video about this exhibit here.

Jonathan McFadden's installation interacts with, interprets, and processes fragments of personal narratives of the people we have loose associations with while finding ourselves as voyeurs in these personal moments. While these digital images appear in our feeds temporarily, they have a permanence and history that exists beyond the brief moment we view them on our devices. By utilizing this information for object creation, the ephemeral take on a static permanence alters how the information is consumed and allows the viewer to engage in new dialogues with the work.

This Dittmar Gallery installation is presenting work made from reactions to news and social media cycles leading up to the exhibition. The intention of this exhibition is to draw attention to the fractured and often sensationalized events and the culture of dramatization it has created. The exhibit consists of a print installation and 2-D works consisting of imagery and text pulled directly from social media pages.

Exhibit Dates: September 12th-October 16th