September 9 to October 16, 2010
ABOUT THE SHOW
"This is a process of seeing which invites the spectator to become an 'optical producer' as well as spectator - creating a theater for contemplation upon the act of seeing and the mechanics of representation. This interactive drama plays out what is essential to all radical pictorial art, not the formulation of frozen iconic emblems that 'illustrate' ideas, but the active recognition...in the mind's eye during the contemplation of pictorial art of our own comparative experiences of the visual complexity of everyday life."
Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain is pleased to present Peepshow, the latest solo exhibition of paintings and drawings by Dil Hildebrand. For this, his third solo exhibition at the gallery, Hildebrand meditates on the theme of the artist's studio. What results in Peepshow is a further negotiation of the opposing forces of space and surface within painting. In characteristic fashion, a host of references converge in these new works; film, theatre, historical painting and documentary photography are all consciously evoked and explored here, revealing their influence throughout the exhibition.
In a new series of charcoal drawings, Hildebrand takes a different view of the studio. Cast in dramatic lighting and framed in letterbox, these delicate drawings are quiet peeks into dark places within the workspace, as though gleaned from an imagined film noir. While appearing to be drawn from photographs, they are in fact drawn from life and lit from the artist's imagination. One suspects just how filmic the imagination has become, considering the fidelity to photographic appearance that is evident in this work.
Dil Hildebrand was born in 1974 in Winnipeg, Canada. He obtained his MFA at Concordia University, Montreal in 2008. In 2006 he won the RBC Canadian Painting Competition and has since participated in many exhibitions throughout Canada, the United States and abroad. In October 2010 he will exhibit new work at the 4th Beijing International Art Biennale 2010 in Beijing, China. Upcoming exhibitions include a solo show at YYZ Artists' Outlet, Toronto, in Fall 2011. He lives and works in Montreal.
WORKS FOR SALE
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VIEWS OF THE SHOW
Petra Halkes. "Dil Hildebrand" (exhibition review) Border Crossings no. 117, March 2011
James D. Campbell, "Studio Theatre" Canadian Art (online) 7 October 2010
Raji Sohal, exhibition review, Modern Painters (online) 23 September 2010
Éric Clément "Peepshow : la perspective a son maître" La Presse (Montreal) 13 September 2010 (in French)
Dil Hildebrand's artist page on PFOAC website
Inventory of other works available by Dil Hildebrand
Dil Hildebrand - artist's website
Anteism Publishing website, publishers of Long Drop: The Paintings of Dil Hildebrand
click icon below to download a recent C.V. of the artist (adobe PDF)