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September 9 to October 16, 2010

Peepshow

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ABOUT THE SHOW

Peepshow

"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."

- Ian Wallace, from Corner of the Studio (1993) and El Taller (1993):  A Description and Reflection Upon Two Recent Works

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.

Peepshow
is, in one sense, a hall of funny mirrors, distorting the artist's studio and absurdly reflecting it as an alter ego of the gallery.  Deep and seductive, this new suite of paintings beckons all to come inside to the world inhabited by the now-absent artist, inviting them to consider their own relation to its artistic production.  Hildebrand gives us a veil of colour through which to peer into this private setting, and thereby renders us into dormant observers standing at the threshold.  While a theme of “transparent surface” is apparent in the paintings, this device seems rather to demonstrate how impervious the canvases truly are; from behind curtains of florid colour the paintings lure yet refuse to reflect.  In all, Peepshow may be regarded as a contemplation of the aesthetic, technical and hierarchical relations that exist between painting, drawing and photography.  By reversing the photographic image into the background, it is as though figure and ground have been inverted.  In this drama, the fore-grounded paint is no longer cast in its familiar role as ground but is thrown forward into a role playing itself, as a figure upon the stage.

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.

The artist would like to thank the Canada Council for the Arts and Le Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec.


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BOOK LAUNCH
Saturday, September 25 at 2:30 pm (as part of Les journées de la culture)

Dil Hildebrand Catalog

Long Drop: The Paintings of Dil Hildebrand
featuring essays by Louise Déry and Richard Rhodes, and an interview by Christine Redfern

Join us at the gallery for the Montreal launch of the new artist's monograph Long Drop: The Paintings of Dil Hildebrand published by Anteism Publishing and distibuted by the RCAAQ. Featuring a roundtable discussion with Hildebrand and Harley Smart (Anteism) on the challenges of publishing an artist's monograph.





WORKS FOR SALE
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CANVASES

Studio C
Studio C
2010
oil on canvas
213.5 x 183 cm (84" x 72")
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Studio D
Studio D
2010
oil on canvas
213.5 x 183 cm (84" x 72")
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Studio E
Studio E
2010
oil on canvas
213.5 x 183 cm(84" x 72")
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Studio F
Studio F
2010
oil on canvas
193 x 148 cm (76" x 58.25")
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Studio G
Studio G
2010
oil on canvas
193 x 148 cm (76" x 58.25")
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Studio B   Renovation
Studio B
2010
oil on canvas
91.5 x 62 cm (36" x 24.5")
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  Renovation
2010
oil on canvas
64 x 71 cm (25" x 28")
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Armature    
Armature
2010
oil on canvas
46 x 36.5 cm
(18" x 14.5")
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Pane   Pane B   Pane C   Pane D
Pane
2010
oil on canvas
30.5 x 26 cm
(12" x 10.25")
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  Pane B
2010
oil on canvas
30.5 x 26 cm
(12" x 10.25")
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  Pane C
2010
oil on canvas
30.5 x 26 cm
(12" x 10.25")
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  Pane D
2010
oil on canvas
30.5 x 26 cm
(12" x 10.25")
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Pane E   Pane F   Pane G   Pane H
Pane E
2010
oil on canvas
30.5 x 26 cm
(12" x 10.25")
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  Pane F
2010
oil on canvas
30.5 x 26 cm
(12" x 10.25")
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  Pane G
2010
oil on canvas
30.5 x 26 cm
(12" x 10.25")
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  Pane H
2010
oil on canvas
30.5 x 26 cm
(12" x 10.25")
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Pane J   Pane K   Pane L   Pane M
Pane J
2010
oil on canvas
30.5 x 26 cm
(12" x 10.25")
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  Pane K
2010
oil on canvas
30.5 x 26 cm
(12" x 10.25")
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  Pane L
2010
oil on canvas
30.5 x 26 cm
(12" x 10.25")
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  Pane M
2010
oil on canvas
30.5 x 26 cm
(12" x 10.25")
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Pane N   Pane P   Pane Q   Pane R
Pane N
2010
oil on canvas
30.5 x 26 cm
(12" x 10.25")
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  Pane P
2010
oil on canvas
30.5 x 26 cm
(12" x 10.25")
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  Pane Q
2010
oil on canvas
30.5 x 26 cm
(12" x 10.25")
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  Pane R
2010
oil on canvas
30.5 x 26 cm
(12" x 10.25")
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Pane S            
Pane S
2010
oil on canvas
30.5 x 26 cm
(12" x 10.25")
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CHARCOALS

Clock   Cabinet   Fan
Clock
2010
charcoal
24 x 32 cm (9.5" x 12.5")
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  Cabinet
2010
charcoal
24 x 32 cm (9.5" x 12.5")
  Fan
2010
charcoal
24 x 32 cm (9.5" x 12.5")
         
Sink   Cart   Sheet
Sink
2010
charcoal
24 x 32 cm (9.5" x 12.5")
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  Cart
2010
charcoal
24 x 32 cm (9.5" x 12.5")
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  Sheet
2010
charcoal
24 x 32 cm (9.5" x 12.5")
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Sawhorses   Jug   Canvases
Sawhorses
2010
charcoal
24 x 32 cm (9.5" x 12.5")
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  Jug
2010
charcoal
24 x 32 cm (9.5" x 12.5")
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  Canvases
2010
charcoal
24 x 32 cm (9.5" x 12.5")
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Staircases        
Staircase
2010
charcoal
24 x 32 cm (9.5" x 12.5")
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VIEWS OF THE SHOW

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LINKS
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




ARTIST'S C.V.
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