Re-Configuring Abstraction

Derek Dunlop, Dil Hildebrand, Krisjanis Kaktins-Gorsline, and Holger Kalberg

Tuesday November 13 to Friday January 11, 2012

Re-Configuring Abstraction features the work of four contemporary painters who have made their way to abstraction through representational imagery creating confusion between what is the subject and what is the object. Abstract painting is a mode of inquiry that is deeply rooted in the modernist tradition. Yet in 2012, each of these artists is exploring this mode of painting and pushing it into provocative territories. The results of which elicit reconsiderations on the subject matter and plastic nature of the paint.

Derek Dunlop was born and raised in Winnipeg. He received his MFA in Visual Arts from the University of British Columbia in 2006. Since graduation, he has participated in group shows and conferences national, and internationally.

Dil Hildebrand was born in Winnipeg, Canada, and obtained his MFA at Concordia University, Montreal in 2008. His work has been exhibited internationally and collected by major mudeums throughout Canada. He lives and works in Montreal.

Krisjanis Kaktins-Gorsline received an MFA from Columbia University of New York. Since 2004, he has exhibited his work throughout Canada and internationally. Kaktins-Gorsline currently lives and works in Winnipeg where he is an instructor at the University of Manitoba.

Holger Kalberg was born in Germany and current lives and works in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He studied at the Chelsea School of Art, London, UK (MFA 2007). His work has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Germany, Switzerland, Britain, and Canada.

> Re-Configuring Abstraction Catalogue [pdf]

Dil Hildebrand Artist’s Talk
Wednesday November 21, Noon-1:00 pm
136 ARTlab

Roald Nasgaard, Visiting Lecturer
Thursday, November 22 , 7:00 - 8:00 pm

Celebratory Reception

Thursday November 22, 4:00-7:00 pm

> Ekphrastic Encounters: Animating Art with Words

L: Derek Dunlop, Untitled, 2012, oil and acrylic on canvas, 50.8 x 50.8 cm, collection of the Artist
R: Dil Hildebrand, Domestic Arrangement, 2012, oil on canvas, 193 x 147 cm, courtesy of Pierre-François Ouellette Art Contemporain
L: Krisjanis Kaktins-Gorsline, Todd Glass, 2012, oil on canvas, 147.32 x 121.92 cm, courtesy of Battat Contemporary
R: Holger Kalberg, Prop 3, 2012, oil on canvas, 139.7 x 177.8 cm, collection of Jeremy Caddy

All images are courtesy of the artist.


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> CBC Manitoba Scene | SNAPSHOT | Painting imitates how the viewer looks at it
> The Manitoban | Re-Configuring Abstraction
> Winnipeg Free Press | Abstraction revisited: Four artists' works explore, 'reconfigure' in U of M gallery exhibition
> ARTslant | The Slant | Materiality and Surface: abstracting form