Derrick Piens: Dig Deep Bliss Darkness
September 17 – October 11
Canadian Art Foundation Gallery Hop Tour: Sat. Sept. 20 at 2:30 pm
1520 Queen St. W. Toronto Canada M6R 1A4 Tel. 416-821-3060
Hours: Wed. – Sat. 12– 6 pm
General Hardware Contemporary is pleased to present Derrick Piens first solo exhibition at GHC.
Derrick Piens work considers the continuous process of transformation that all objects and materials undergo throughout time. Working primarily in plaster and wood, these brightly colored geomorphic objects visually transform as the viewer circumnavigates the space that surrounds them. The viewer must, therefore, rely on their personal memory of the form in order to fully comprehend it in its entirety. Piens works intuitively, actively discovering the works throughout the building process, comparable to the way that the viewer perceives the work by way of examination and contemplation. These sculptures reference the human body through a careful consideration of scale and form developing a visual and conceptual relationship between the viewer and the works that they encounter.
Derrick Piens received his MFA from Southern Methodist University (Dallas, TX) in 2007, and BFA from Nova Scotia College of Art & Design University in 2005. He has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions across Canada and the United States, including; When Things Collide (University of Waterloo Art Gallery), Sentinels (Dallas Contemporary), trans/FORM: Matter as Subject > New Perspectives (Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto), Summertime In Paris (Parisian Laundry, Montréal. His sculptures are included in private collections in the UK, New York, Montréal and Toronto as well as the permanent collections of Meadows School of the Arts, Southern Methodist University (Dallas, TX), the Claridge Collection (Montréal, QC) and the University of Waterloo Art Gallery (Waterloo, ON). Derrick has received numerous grants, scholarships and awards and is currently preparing for a six-week artist residency at the Kulttuuri Kauppila Art Center (Ii, Finland).