Lisa Kehler Art + Projects is proud to present New Body, Michael Dumontier's first solo exhibition with the gallery. The show builds on Dumontier's familiar menagerie, while brilliantly referencing the past two decades of work.
In the show's accompanying interview conducted by fellow gallery artist, Rob Wakshinski, Dumontier reveals,"I have consciously removed the figure from my work---there is no flesh---but the body is often present through its absence or through the anthropomorphization or activation of those inanimate objects - A chair, a shirt, eyeglasses - Holes in the walls as tired eyes.”
Dumontier has an innate ability to construct everyday objects in the most poetic ways: A clock-like work slowly rotates, while tiny handmade aluminum sprouts dot the wall and go almost unnoticed. This is the beauty of Dumontier’s work: He is less concerned with presenting a specific narrative or directive it seems, than with his own discovery of what is pleasing. Simple shapes prevail in this exhibition in such a way that it presents as a sort of meditation. “The egg is a perfect form. It’s an object that can be represented by its shape alone. No other information is required. And everything is there already in terms of meaning, so it’s a perfect starting point. A clock is similar in terms of inherent meaning. In my life, time is at the center of everything, causing all sorts of problems. I guess that’s the case for everyone.”
Michael Dumontier is a multidisciplinary artist who lives and works in Winnipeg. Through a process of reduction, economic intervention, and material experimentation, Dumontier creates objects that are both elegantly simple and poetically charged. Dumontier's work encompasses drawing, painting, sculpture, and collage.
Alongside his solo work, Dumontier has devoted much of his artistic career to collaboration, most notably as a founding member of the Royal Art Lodge collective. Although the RAL officially concluded in 2008, Dumontier has continued to work with Neil Farber, meeting every Wednesday night to paint and write together. They were finalists for the Sobey Art Award in 2014. At the same time, Dumontier maintains an ongoing collaboration with Toronto artist Micah Lexier. Other past collaborators include Tom Elliott, Todd Martin, Paul Butler and Guy Maddin (The Keyhole Experiment). Dumontier has presented solo exhibitions in Winnipeg, Toronto, New York, Boston, and Padua, Italy. Dumontier’s work is held in international private and public collections, including The National Gallery of Canada, The Art Gallery of Ontario, The Vancouver Art Gallery, Folkwang Museum, FRAC Picardie, Fondation Antoine de Galbert, and Centro de Arte Caja de Burgos.
Please join us in celebrating this new body of work on Saturday, April 30 from 2 - 5 pm.