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Damian Moppett: The Visible Work

Contemporary Art Gallery
Vancouver BC thru Apr 24, 2005

Damian Moppett - Untitled Cy Twombly
Damian Moppett, Untitled Cy Twombly Sculpture (2004), graphite on paper [Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver BC, through Apr 24]

Damian Moppett was born in Calgary, Alberta in 1969 and received his MFA from Concordia University in 1995. He currently lives and works in Vancouver. Moppett creates work that questions notions of “quality” and concepts of “mastery” in art by attempting to avoid traditional aesthetic and conceptual criteria by which artistic techniques and proficiency are judged. His unequal mastery of the different media underscores the fine line between artistic processes and finished products.

The Visible Work is a site installation bringing together drawings, watercolour, ceramics, videos and music. Moppett’s emphasis is on the documentation of process and technique rather than the art forms themselves. Within the different media Moppett attempts to evade the creation of a polished product. The installation includes three videos highlighting technical skills needed to set up a rock band; an array of clay pots and other ceramics; display apparatus; music and sound.

Damian Moppett - Royal Roads
Damian Moppett, Royal Roads (2004), graphite on paper [Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver BC, through Apr 24]

An illustrated catalogue of The Visible Work by Damian Moppett with essays by John Welchman, Nathaniel Heisler and Jenifer Papararo is available. The Spiders, a collaborative project with Damian Moppett and Toronto artist Zin Taylor, is exhibited in the street-front windows of the gallery. It includes band ephemera like posters, buttons, stickers, displays and recordings that document the last two years of The Spiders. The emotion in Gowin's work is clearly evident. Many pieces are dark and eerie, exuding the unspoken tension and struggle for space that dominates much of humanity. The stillness and silence of Gowin's images evoke a subdued and melancholy introspection as we are forced to recognize and take responsibility for the effects of incessant development and attempts to control nature.


Mia Johnson

 Mon, May 9, 2005