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Damian Moppett, Figure Ground I, Figure Ground II

Damian Moppett, Figure Ground I, Figure Ground II (2016), oil on canvas diptych [Catriona Jeffries Gallery, Vancouver BC, May 6-Jun 25] Photo: SITE Photography / Courtesy of Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver

Damian Moppett

Catriona Jeffries Gallery
Vancouver BC – May 6-Jun 25, 2016

Moppett is among a generation of Vancouver artists who will be forever associated with an important 1997 exhibition at the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery. The exhibition, entitled 6: New Vancouver Modern, featured works in a number of media, genres and styles by Moppett, Geoffrey Farmer, Myfanwy MacLeod, Steven Shearer, Ron Terada and Kelly Wood, all of whom have gone on to establish dynamic practices.

Of those who emerged from the 6 show, it is Moppett who explored the most media – from drawing and painting, to video and music, to ceramics and sculpture. While many of these explorations continue to reference iconic artists like Alexander Calder and Anthony Caro, the past few years have seen Moppett make the studio both the subject and the context of his work.

Moppett’s current exhibition of abstract paintings and sculptures is inspired by a photograph of Alan Jarvis burning the “rejected” paintings of David Milne at Six Mile Lake, Ontario in 1939. Here, the studio as a site of creation is exchanged for Nature as a site of destruction, an inversion that brings to mind the photo-conceptual project of fellow 6 artist Kelly Wood who, in an effort to best “represent” the excesses of the capitalist mode of production, eventually replaced candy with garbage as her subject.


Michael Turner

 Thu, Jun 9, 2016