Damian Moppett Artist Talk
Thursday, January 26, 2012 at 7pm
Emily Carr University Lecture Hall
Room 301, South Building

Damian Moppett charts a self-reflective studio practice spanning photography, sculpture, drawing, painting and video, often using one medium to examine another. rennie collection is currently presenting the first comprehensive survey of his work from November 21, 2011 to April 21, 2012, and in conjunction will be hosting his talk at Emily Carr as a part of the rennie collection Speaker Series.

His expansive Watercolour Drawing Project (2004-2008) exhibited at Wing Sang in all of its breadth is a ruminative omnibus of artistic process, reference and representation. These 128 sibling works range from prodigiously detailed portraits of his studio in flux to costumed self-portraiture to studies of the works of beloved art-historical predecessors. As this series anthologizes his diverse practice into a personal archive of imagery, it depicts a unique and romantic account of thoughtful, ascetic artistic practice. Also on display is Broken Fall, a new aluminum mobile work created specially for this presentation. Hovering, yet falling, broken though intact, this work will estimate further Moppett’s long time formal fascination with suspension, collapse and gravitas. The exhibition is accompanied by a supporting catalogue featuring an essay by Dr Cliff Lauson, Curator of the Hayward Gallery, London, England.

Born in Calgary, Alberta in 1969 and currently living and working in Vancouver, Damian Moppett attended Emily Carr College of Art and Design and received his Master of Fine Arts from Concordia University, Montreal. He has exhibited widely including at The Power Plant, Toronto; The National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal and the Witte de With, Rotterdam.