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Derek Dunlop: End-Forms

Lisa Kehler Art + Projects is pleased to announce Derek Dunlop’s first solo exhibition with the gallery.

Following up on his recent exhibition of work at the Drawing Centre in New York, End-Forms is a series of paintings and drawings that explore Dunlop’s emotional and intellectual relationship between his materials, the tradition of abstraction, and the ethics of representation.

Dunlop has spent the last year intensely researching colour. He has taken part in multiple residencies in Canada and the US including New York, Toronto, ON, and Banff, AB. Perhaps of most importance was his residency with the Golden Foundation for the Arts in upstate New York which afforded him the opportunity to experiment with every paint GOLDEN makes. Throughout his research, he created over a dozen colour charts (pictured below).

“My process is becoming less systematic and slightly more poetic. I give myself more room to move. Many of the paintings in the show deal with a very basic compositional strategy of creating a square out of a rectangle, and then improvising with materials in order to express a thought or feeling.”

Dunlop considers painting and drawing as cross and interdisciplinary modes of practice. He is deeply influenced by process and the transformative potential of his materials. Within the exhibition, meaning is generated through the connections, disruptions or straightforward associations made between artworks and how they are installed in the gallery. 

End-Forms will run from November 5 to December 5, with an opening reception on Thursday, November 5 from 6-9 pm. Dunlop will be in attendance.

Review in Border Crossings

Review in Canadian Art


About the artist:

Derek Dunlop completed his MFA at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and is based in Winnipeg, where he was born and raised. Dunlop is an artist with a studio-based practice engaged with the political histories embedded in the materiality of mark making and the history of painting. Dunlop’s work considers abstraction as a method for thinking through repressed histories and the process of subject formation while negotiating the ethics of representation. His work has been featured in exhibitions across Canada and the US, including the show titled The Intuitionists at the Drawing Center in NYC which opened in July 2014. He will be an artist-in-residence in August 2014 at the Golden Foundation for the Arts in New Berlin, New York. He also recently participated in the thematic residency at The Banff Centre in November of 2014 called “Are we looking at dead birds.”

Earlier Event: October 22
Feature Art Fair (Toronto)
Later Event: December 9
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