Daniel Faria Gallery is pleased to present: Derek Liddington

Abstract figurative image
Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - 6:00pm

Daniel Faria Gallery is pleased to announce:

Derek Liddington

the body will always bend before it breaks,

the tower will always break before it bends

Art Gallery of York University, Toronto
April 5 - June 4, 2017
Opening reception: April 5, 6 - 9pm

&  Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge
June 23 - September 10, 2017

Art Gallery of York University, Toronto
April 5 - June 4, 2017
Opening reception: April 5, 6 - 9pm

&  Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge
June 23 - September 10, 2017

the body will always bend before it breaks, the tower will always break before it bends is a performance of two photographic stills taken from two 1928 Ballet Russes productions—Ode and Apollon Musagète—staged back-to-back across two sites: the Art Gallery of York University, opening Wednesday April 5, from 6 – 9 pm and the Southern Alberta Art Gallery (23 June — 10 September 2017). AGYU’s exhibition continues until Sunday June 4, 2017.

Anchored by a co-commissioned video, each exhibition uses the “performance still” as a dramaturgical framework for the development of its score and mise-en-scène—Ode at AGYU and Apollon Musagète at SAAG. These exhibitions are neither intended to bring to life the particular productions nor rehearse their subject matter or theme, however. Rather, Liddington animates the space in-between performance and image as a point of departure for his ongoing investigation into narrative (meaning) and abstraction (aesthetics).

Not a travelling exhibition in the conventional sense, the body will always… pivots across time and space and through its various material means, including the creation of new two- and three-dimensional work in fabric, marble, pencil, watercolour, and clay. Like the revolutionary practice of the Ballet Russes, these exhibitions operate at the intersection of dance, theatre, and the visual arts.

The free Performance Bus departs OCADU (100 McCaul Street) on Wednesday, April 5 at 6 pm sharp and returns downtown at 9 pm. Warning: nudity.

For more information about the exhibitions or to request images or interviews with the artists, please contact Emelie Chhangur, Assistant Director/Curator at emelie@yorku.ca or 416 736 5169.

 

For more information about Derek Liddington contact Dory Smith at:
dory@danielfariagallery.com or 416 538 1880.

Daniel Faria Gallery

188 St Helens Avenue

Toronto, ON M6H 4A1

416 538 1880
www.danielfariagallery.com

Venue & Address: 
Art Gallery of York University & Southern Alberta Art Gallery
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Email: 
emelie@yorku.ca  or dory@danielfariagallery.com
Phone: 
416 736 5169

GLOBAL EXPERIENCE PROJECT CALL FOR APPLICATIONS deadline 4pm on Friday, November 4th

Thursday, November 3, 2016 - 4:00am to Friday, November 4, 2016 - 8:00pm

GLOBAL EXPERIENCE PROJECT

The Global Experience Project is a 0.5 credit, independent study which will run during the winter-term in 2017. The GEP course will be led by Paulette Phillips and Derek Liddington featuring UK artist Isaac Julien. Known for his politically groundbreaking work in film, video and installation, this class will examine Isaac’s poetic investigation into history, space, place and self.

Successful students will come together to creatively respond to the themes resonant in Isaac’s work, will gain access to the behind the scenes installation of his upcoming show at the ROM, attend events related to Isaac’s work in Toronto and his Images Festival Screening and travel to Isaac’s studio in London, UK.

We are looking for applications from upper year students in their 3rd, 4th year of study as well as graduate students. Please email your completed applications to dliddington@ocadu.ca with subject line “Global Experience Project Application”

Applications must include:

An artist statement that outlines the primary themes in your work, your current research interests, and a brief statement of outlining your interest this experience.

3-5 images of recent work (the year of last study) that could relate to this Global Experience Project.

The deadline for applications to take this course is 4pm on Friday, November 4th.

Special thanks to the Jack Weinbaum Family Foundation

 

Venue & Address: 
dliddington@ocadu.ca
Email: 
dliddington@ocadu.ca
poster photo with text details of the project

Every moment can be traced back to the first time the sun touched my face

A love worth fighting over (a monument to those that preceded me), 2013, Photo by Jennifer Rose Sciarrino courtesy of the artist
Saturday, November 16, 2013 - 5:00am to Sunday, January 12, 2014 - 5:00am

Performance: Thursday, November 21, all day
Opening with Friday Night ART Live: Friday, November 22, 7:00pm
Talk and Publication Launch: Saturday, December 14, 2:00pm

Exhibition by OCAD U faculty and staff member Derek Liddington

Every moment can be traced back to the first time the sun touched my face is an exhibition by Toronto based artist Derek Liddington and his first solo show within a public gallery. Through a series of site specific works, Liddington explores the potential moments that can occur between the rise and fall of the sun over the horizon. Engaging with disciplines as diverse as drawing, sculpture and performance Liddington traces the sun's movement across the sky as an allegorical investigation of the human condition – specifically that of love and violence enacted within these moments. The anecdotal origin from which the exhibition draws is an offsite happening occurring on the artist’s birthday, November 21. Set to the backdrop of downtown Galt, Cambridge, a crane operator will perform the task of lifting a 300 pound circular steel plate in an action following the course of the sun’s rise from the east, to the delving of the light under the horizon to the west. The banal object celebrates both the sun’s rise and fall, engaged in a hopeless tracing of the solar gesture; an act of mimicry that is simultaneously archival and violent. However, the tension in the gesture also nods to the minimalist act of visually engaging with its surroundings, both in time and space.

In the main space of the exhibition Liddington presents a new sculptural work, A love worth fighting over (a monument to those that preceded me). Derived from his explorations of geometric composition and movement in relation to narrative, the work illustrates an operatic scene between three lovers, a car, and two ballerinas. Within the work entire segments of the narrative are concealed and revealed within the banner’s bellowing folds exploring the simultaneous expansion and compression of time, past, present and future. The surface of the banner has been dyed through a process of soaking and then rubbing powdered graphite over canvas. This process works to expose the very act of its creation leaving behind traces of the fingers and hands moving across the dyed surface. The resulting surface shimmers and flakes against the folds and reflecting light. In the wall drawing – All I could do to control my anger was stare at the endless beauty of the sun as it spilled over the horizon. All I could do to control my love was stare at the endless beauty of the sun as it spilled over the horizon. – Liddington uses mark making as a means for unveiling violence and tension. Geometric forms act as stand ins for individuals, objects and iconic imagery as we begin to see the unfolding trajectory of Liddington’s love story through the rise and fall of the sun.

Derek Liddington works and lives in Toronto. He obtained his MFA from the University of Western Ontario (London) and BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (Halifax). Liddington’s work has been exhibited in numerous public settings, including his 2010 staging of Allegory for an Opera as part of Scotiabank Nuit Blanche (Toronto). His most recent solo exhibition titled Modern Love is currently on view at Daniel Faria Gallery (Toronto). He has exhibited at abc 2013 (Art Berlin Contemporary), and in group shows curated by Cole Swanson and Rui Amaral. Liddington has received numerous grants and in 2011 was shortlisted for the Toronto Friends of the Visual Arts Artist Prize. He is represented by Daniel Faria Gallery (Toronto).

Curated by Iga Janik

Gallery Hours:
Mon – Thurs 9:30am – 8:30pm
Fri & Sat 9:30am – 5:30pm
Sun 1:00 – 5:00pm

Image: A love worth fighting over (a monument to those that preceded me), 2013. Rubbed graphite on canvas, steel, 8'x8'x8'. Photography: Jennifer Rose Sciarrino. Image courtesy of the artist.

Cambridge Galleries, Queen’s Square

1 North Square

Cambridge, Ontario

519.621.0460

derekliddington.com

Free

Venue & Address: 
Cambridge Galleries, Queen’s Square 1 North Square Cambridge, Ontario