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DIL HILDEBRAND LOREM IPSUM
May 02-Jun 30
Opening Reception: May 2nd 6-8pm C24 Gallery is pleased to present Lorem Ipsum, an exhibition of new paintings by Canadian artist Dil Hildebrand. This will be Dil Hildebrands first solo exhibition in New York. Lorem Ipsum presents a new series of paintings and collage that highlight the artists distinctive working process in which he examines space and surface. The exhibition will be on view May 2 - June 30, 2017 with an Opening Reception on Tuesday, May 2 from 6 - 8pm. Dil Hildebrands new body of work focuses on spatial concepts of design, the construction of image, and the mechanics of representation in art. His work is informed and influenced by a diversity of references and methods, including modernist strategies of fragmentation and re-composition, pictorial tropes of Western art and theatre, and post modernist architecture. Layered panels follow a consistent color palette throughout the work, playing with distortion, and depth of field. In Lorem Ipsum, Hildebrands paintings deliberately move away from the austerity of the Cartesian aesthetic to create broader, stylistic movement in space, transcending two-dimensionality and blurring the lines between spatial representation and abstraction. Drawing from experience in scenic painting in theatre, Hildebrand employs the techniques of illusion used in set design. In Lorem Ipsum, his highly stylized brush strokes mixed with collage and layering of acrylic panels, produce the experience of post-modern architectural form. The artist uses several materials in this work: nylon flocking, commonly found in wallpaper, sand, resin and acrylic paint, all layered on clear acrylic panels. The highly physical surfaces create a sense of deep pictorial space. The resulting images frame the body of the viewer in life-sized patterns that imitate the grandeur of structural design. Frameworks and passageways are important motifs to Hildebrands work. Windows are leitmotifs of architectural patterning, ordering the way we think and move through the world they represent the intersections of movement between states of being. Charged with neurosis and rich with history, the architectural image acts as both a map and a record of physical and psychological experience. In this way, the actual frame of Hildebrands paintings act as a window or portal. As if looking through a doorway, the eye rises and falls traveling through the bold shapes and colors of the panels. The result is a transcendent experience that both architectonic spaces and Hildebrands paintings share: a compulsory recognition of the present. Dil Hildebrands work has been shown internationally in such venues as The National Art Museum of China, Beijing 2010 the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa 2012 Herron Galleries at University of Indiana, Indianapolis 2013 Choi & Lager Gallery, Cologne 2013 Union Gallery, London UK 2012&13 University of Manitoba School of Art. Gallery, Winnipeg 2013 YYZ, Toronto 2011 Galerie de lUQAM, Montreal 2013 Muse dart contemporain de Montral 2014 AUT University Gallery, Auckland NZ 2007 and Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art in Toronto 2006. Hildebrand is an MFA graduate of Concordia University, Montreal and has been awarded a number of distinguished grants and awards including the International Residency at Acme Studios, London UK 2013 the Canada Council for the Arts 2010 the Banff Centre Thematic Residency 2009 Conseil des arts et des lettres du Qubec 2009 and was winner of the RBC Canadian Painting Competition 2006. Major public institutions throughout Canada, including the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Muse dart contemporain De Montral, the National Gallery of Canada and the Art Bank of the Canada Council, have collected Hildbrands work. In 2017, he will present solo exhibitions at Plein Sud in Longueil, Quebec McClure Gallery, Montreal Centre Space, Toronto and C24 Gallery, New York. For further information and interview requests: Meghan Schaetzle meghan@c24gallery.com t: 1 646 416 6300