Re-configuring abstract painting

November 13th, 2012 · No Comments · Fine Art, News, News Release, Outreach, arts

Re-Configuring Abstraction: Derek Dunlop, Dil Hildebrand, Krisjanis Kaktins-Gorsline, and Holger Kalberg is the second exhibition in the series of projects that the School of Art Gallery is mounting featuring the work of prominent artists who are, or have been, associated with the School of Art.

This exhibition features four to six paintings by each artist. The majority of the works were created in 2012 and some are so fresh they were finished just days before the installation. Although each of the paintings are unique and created in a different manner they all share a common quality. These abstract works are based off of representational (figurative) imagery creating confusion between what is the subject and what is the object.

The exhibition runs from November 13, 2012 to January 11, 2013. A celebratory reception will be held on Thursday, November 22 from 4-7 p.m. All the artists will be in attendance.

“Abstract painting is a mode of inquiry that is deeply rooted in the modernist tradition,” says Gallery Director and Curator Mary Reid. “Winnipeg had a strong representation of abstract painting in the 1950s through to the 1970s. I find it exciting that in 2012, each of these artists is exploring this form or type of painting with a fresh perspective.”

Paul Hess, Director of the School of Art, says “abstraction in Canada has generated the connective tissue that links both landscape and figuration with the spirit of Modernism. The School of Art in Winnipeg is pleased to play a role in showcasing this significant artistic project.”

To complement this exhibition, Montreal-based artist Dil Hildebrand will be giving a talk about his artistic practice on Wednesday, November 21, from noon to 1 p.m. in room 136 of ARTlab. This talk is free and open to the public.

More about the Artists:

Derek Dunlop was born and raised in Winnipeg. He received his BFA in Visual Arts from Simon Fraser University and his MFA in Visual Arts from the University of British Columbia. Since graduation, he has participated in group shows and conferences nationally, and internationally. He has a socially engaged, studio art practice influenced by a variety of critical discourses including phenomenology and psychoanalysis. Over the past several years, he has increasingly committed to the materiality of paint where he sees the future for new and important aesthetic experience.

Dil Hildebrand was born in Winnipeg, Canada, and obtained his MFA at Concordia University, Montreal in 2008. In 2010, Hildebrand participated in the 4th Beijing International Art Biennale in Beijing, China, and produced Long Drop: The Paintings of Dil Hildebrand, a monograph by Anteism Press. With critical texts by Louise Déry, Richard Rhodes and Christine Redfern, Long Drop surveys a selection of Hildebrand’s paintings on canvas and paper from 2006 to 2009. His work has been collected by major museums throughout Canada, including the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, and the National Gallery of Canada. He lives and works in Montreal.

Krisjanis Kaktins-Gorsline was born in Winnipeg. He received a BFA from the University of Manitoba and an MFA from Columbia University in New York. Recent solo exhibitions include:  Nervous Lattice, at Battat Contemporary, Montreal, Krisjanis Kaktins-Gorsline: Recent Paintings and Drawings, at Mullherin Pollard, New York, and Krisjanis Kaktins-Grosline, at Heather James Fine Art Gallery, Palm Springs, California. Krisjanis’ work has been featured recent group exhibitions including: Indivisible at the Foreman Art Gallery in Quebec, Here We Aren’t So Quickly at Thierry Goldberg Gallery in New York, The Phoenix Art: The Renewed Art of Contemporary Painting, curated by Robert Enright at Galerie Simon Blais in Montreal, and The Open, at Deitch Studios in New York. Krisjanis was a semi-finalist in the 2011 RBC Canadian Painting Competition.  In 2011 he was also the recipient of a Canada Council for the Arts, Research and Creation Grant. Krisjanis currently lives and works in Winnipeg where he is an instructor at the University of Manitoba.

Holger Kalberg was born in Germany and currently lives and works in Winnipeg, Manitoba.  Kalberg studied at Emily Carr University in Vancouver (BFA 2001) and the Chelsea School of Art, London, UK (MFA 2007). His work was featured in the Vancouver Art Gallery’s Paint, a solo exhibition at Queens University /Agnes Etherington Art Centre in Kingston, Ontario in addition to numerous solo and group exhibitions in Germany, Switzerland the United Kingdom and Canada. Kalberg has received BC Arts Council and Canada Council production grants and he has been a multiple finalist in the RBC Painting Competition as well as the Celeste Art Prize in London, UK.

School of Art Gallery
255 ARTlab, 180 Dafoe Road

Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Admission is Free.

Parking: ARTlab is located on Dafoe Road next door to Tache Hall and Drake Centre. Find nearby parking by following this link: 

Images available upon request.

For more information contact Sean Moore, Marketing Communications Office, University of Manitoba, 204-474-7963 (

Or Mary Reid, Director / Curator, School of Art Gallery, 204-474-9322 (

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