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May 12 - June 30, 2012

Dil Hildebrand : Back to the Drawing Board (Reprise)



With a special presentation in the video room:
Glenda León: Dirigir las Nubas




Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain is pleased to present a solo exhibition of new work by Dil Hildebrand. Following his critically acclaimed exhibition at YYZ Artist Outlet in 2011, Back to the Drawing Board (Reprise) features new drawings and canvases that further explore this direction. The gallery is equally pleased to show a video by Internationally renown Cuban artist Glenda León.

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DIL HILDEBRAND

Back to the Drawing Board (Reprise)

Artist's Statement:

Last year I took the opportunity of an exhibition in Toronto to make a series of paintings that I'd had on my mind for some time. The exhibition was called Back to the Drawing Board, and was inspired by a wish to explore a different sort of painting from the deep and atmospheric picturesque style that I had been doing up to that point. While these new paintings did not reject depth entirely, they were relatively flat and minimal. Arranged with grids, dots, and simple geometric shapes, they were devised to attempt a provisional approach to describing visual space, and to resist the temptation to coalesce into transparently recognizable forms. While appearing to be wholly abstract, they were for me indeterminate sketches of images that remained hidden or unfulfilled - diagrams rather than models. Several of the works from that 2011 exhibition - mainly the smallest canvases - appear in this one.

For this exhibition, Back to the Drawing Board (Reprise), I've added to this selection a series of works on paper and canvas that further elaborate this new direction. These newest works play with formal structures that draw from a set of elements around the theme of architectural construction. In the paintings, the structures stand as monuments to the work that went on to create them, their heavily scarred surfaces tracing a broad ranging, palimpsestic course of manufacture. These paintings proceeded without the aid of preliminary studies and found their ultimate form through a dialectic process of marking, erasure and re-marking. The drawings pare down the materials of building to line-like rods, following an arc of creation where each configuration is contingent upon the characteristics of its previous form as the dynamic structure oscillates between a state of destructing and constructing.

A single motif runs throughout the exhibition, which is it's prescriptive palette: the green that appears in these works is meant to evoke the chalkboard, the cutting mat, or the green-screen - surfaces for learning, working out problems, combining ideas and imagining. As a support for operations in general it is a fitting surface for demonstrating a mechanical procedure, which is how I've imagined these works. While they are composed of unscripted actions, they follow a methodological rationale that emphasizes both the optical and tactile qualities of the constructions simultaneously.

A central concern for me in this work is its attitude toward creative action, where the act of building (transforming material) is carried out extemporaneously. In this way, the act of painting or drawing itself runs in parallel with the act of thinking out the problem of how to build the structure at hand, as an equation is drawn out on a chalkboard. I see the two opposing strains within this series - the abstract and the representational - as serving the same research from different ends of the image-making spectrum; somehow, each trying to find its way toward the other. In part, these paintings and drawings are motivated and fuelled by my desire to reconcile the two modes, with a hope that interesting ends will result.

- DH

A major essay on this new body of work written by Mary Reid is available online at YYZ.
Richard Rhodes. "Dil Hildebrand: In the Green Room" Canadian Art (online) May 17, 2012
Click here for an article on this new work by Robert Enright published in Boarder Crossings, Fall 2011.

Bio:

Born in Winnipeg lives in Montréal. Dil Hildebrand works in a range of media including oil and acrylic paint, and charcoal. Winner of the prestigious Royal Bank of Canada National Painting Competition in 2006, Hildebrand has gained the reputation of being among the most talented Canadian painters of his generation. His work has been featured in major group shows such as 'Between the Cracks" (Oboro), the Beijing Biennale (2010), "Ideas of Landscape 2" (Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal), "Carte Blanche Volume 2: Painting" (MOCCA, Toronto) and "EntreVoir" (Galerie de l'UQAM), curated by Louise Déry. His paintings can be found in important museum, public and corporate collections including the National Gallery of Canada, the Musée d'art contemporain de Montreal, the Canada Council Art Bank, the Bank of Montreal, the Royal Bank of Canada, Bennett Jones LLP, Osler Hoskin & Harcourt LLP and McCarthy Tétrault LLP.







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View of the show

Reconstruction   module   Dotes where I like them   Treehouse  
Reconstruction I
2012
graphite on paper
framed : 200 x 114 cm
(78,25" x 44.8")
SOLD
  Module
2012
oil on board
68.5 x 53 cm (30" X 21")



  Dots Where I Like
(Not Where They Should Be)
2011
oil on canvas
30.5 x 25.5 cm (12" x 10")

  Treehouse
2012
oil on canvas
framed : 190 x 147 cm (75" x 58")

 

Dismantling II   Replication I
Dismantling II
2012
graphite on paper
framed : 45.5 x 150 cm (18" x 59")


  Replicating I
2012
graphite on paper
framed : 43 x 127 cm (17" x 50")


New Strucuture I)   New Strucuture II   New Structure III      
Net Structure I
2012
graphite on paper
framed : 38 x 31.5 cm (15" x 12.5")

  Net Structure II
2012
graphite on paper
framed : 38 x 31.5 cm (15" x 12.5")
  Net Structure III
2012
graphite on paper
framed : 38 x 31.5 cm (15" x 12.5")

   
 

views

Cranking   mapping   contraption      
Cranking
2011
oil on canvas
30.5 x 25.5 cm (12" x 10")

  Mapping
2011
oil on canvas
26 x 31 cm (11" x 12")


  Contraption
2012
oil on canvas
198 x 147 cm (78" x 57.5")

   
 

Dismantling I   Replication II
Dismantling I
2012
graphite on paper
framed : 48 x 170 cm (19" x 67")


  Replicating II
2012
graphite on paper
framed : 40.5 x 119 cm (16" x 47")


views

Compartment   Parabola   climbing      
Compartment
oil on board
2012
68.5 x 53 cm (30" x 21")

  Parabola
2011
oil on canvas
114 x 109 cm (45" x 43")
  Climbing
2011
oil on canvas
91.5 x 61 cm (36" x 24")
   
 

view

Spire   The Plot Thickens   Presenting Yellow Strip   Masking  
Spire
2012
oil on canvas
198 x 147 cm (78" X 58")

  The Plot Thickens (3)
2011
oil on canvas
25.5 x 30.5 cm (10" x 12")


  Presenting... Yellow Stripe
2011
oil on canvas
25.5 x 30.5 cm (10" x 12")


  Masking
2011
oil on canvas
25.5 x 30.5 cm (10" x 12")


 

For more available works by Dil Hildebrand please click here.


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GLENDA LEÓN

Dirigir las nubes (Addressing the Clouds)

Artist's Statement:

Dirigir las nubes (Addressing the Clouds) is based on an idea from quantum physics by which each of us can, through will power and concentration, change the shape of clouds. This event occurs in different parts of the world but has rarely been envisioned, since nowadays almost no one looks carefully at the sky. However, many people have found ways quite accurate forms in the clouds, but remain unaware of their unique origin. In this video, the clouds gradually take the form of a globe…

Bio:

Glenda León lives and works in Havana, Cuba. Her work represents an emerging voice in Cuban contemporary art and is featured in the permanent collection of the Centre George Pompidou in Paris; Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Havana, Cuba; and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. León has exhibited her work in KHM/Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany; Brooklyn Museum, US; three times as part of the Bienal de la Habana; Il Bienal de Jafre, Girona, Spain; The Mattress Factory, Pittsburg,US among others. León is the recipient of the DAAD scholarship for artists in Germany, and the 2011 Beca MAEC scholarship for research in Madrid, Spain. She is the author of La condition de performance published in 2010 (Éditions Nota bene). A solo exhibition entitled Un Ruido Azul (Blue Noise) was presented at Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain in 2010. She is currently featured in the XI Bienal de La Habana, Havana, Cuba until June 11th.



 
clouds

Glenda León
Dirigir las Nubes (Addressing the Clouds)
2008
video
1 min 05s
edition of 5

Click here to view the video on Glenda León's website.

For more available works by Glenda León please click here.



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LINKS

Marie-Ève Charron. "Plans de travail" Le Devoir June 23, 2012 (in French)
Sky Gooden. "Dil Hildebrand Goes Back to the Drawing Board" ARTINFO June 14, 2012.
Richard Rhodes. "Dil Hildebrand: In the Green Room" Canadian Art (online) May 17, 2012
A major essay on this new body of work written by Mary Reid is available online at YYZ.
Click here for an article on this new work by Robert Enright published in Border Crossings, Fall 2011.
Dil Hildebrand's website
Glenda León's website




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ARTIST'S C.V.

click here to download Dil Hildebrand's recent C.V. (05/2012)

click here to download Glenda León's recent C.V. (05/2010)

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