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Derek Dunlop: End-Forms

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 above).

“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.


Image credit: Derek Dunlop, 609, 2015, acrylic on canvas, 16 x 20 inches

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