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Vancouver Art Gallery presents Andrew Dadson: Over the Sun
February 14, 2015 - May 24, 2015
For the latest installment of TD NEXT: A Series of Artist Projects from the Pacific Rim, the Vancouver Art Gallery presents Andrew Dadson: Over the Sun from February 14 to May 24, 2015. Featuring new artworks by Vancouver-based Andrew Dadson, an artist who has been active on the international art stage in recent years, this exhibition explores abstraction in various media and includes several works that are being shown for the first time in Canada.
The title of the exhibition references the opera Victory Over the Sun, for which Russian artist Kazimir Malevich (1879–1935) produced costumes and set designs in 1913. That same year, Malevich painted his revolutionary Black Square, considered to be the first manifestation of abstract art. In his exhibition, Dadson most directly evokes Malevich’s legacy in Black Square Re-stretch (2015), a small but powerful square canvas in which black paint is the final application over numerous previous multi-coloured layers. Like Malevich, Dadson has created his own abstract visual language; by expanding on these ideas through his performative acts, Dadson forges a dialogue between abstraction and the world around him.
Image credits: (left) Andrew Dadson, High Noon, 2014, oil on canvas, Private Collection, Courtesy of David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles, Photo: Blaine Campbell; (right) Andrew Dadson, Black Hill, 2014, inkjet print, Collection of Maurice Marciano.