Duncan de Kergommeaux: These are the Marks I Make
April 08 to June 25, 2011
Gathering works from across the province and from the collections of Museum London and the McIntosh Gallery, this exhibition celebrates the long-standing career of artist, and former University of Western Ontario professor, Duncan de Kergommeaux.
These are the Marks I Make frames de Kergommeaux’s interest in process, form, and perception in his quest to understand the creative process. Surveying a career that has spanned almost six decades, the exhibition includes a selection of works that range from his formative abstractions of the 1950s and illuminated cube works of the 1960s, to the systematized, process-oriented grid paintings and support specific drawings of the 1970s. Also featured are several of de Kergommeaux’s more recent, painterly embellishments of the landscape.
In response to intellectual musings declaring the “death” of painting, de Kergommeaux’s practice eschewed “the gesture of the hand,” meditating instead on the concept of change, transformation, and the coherence of nature.
Organized by the Ottawa Art Gallery, the exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue co-published by Museum London.