Stephan Dill’s paintings and works on paper portray a world similar to ours but ultimately apart. Though his visual language suggests recognizable symbols, it refrains from explicit representation. Bursts of color, curving lines, gestural brushstrokes, and psychedelic patterns proliferate, alluding to a cryptic meaning that may or may not exist. Occasionally, distinct forms, such as a Christmas tree or a gorilla, emerge. In classic modernist fashion, the artist deliberately mines this tension between abstraction and representation, as he maintains a dreamy layer of abstraction that ultimately triumphs.