Tom Dean: Woodcuts

Tom Dean, Untitled, 1991-92, woodcut on paper, ed. 1/30, 89.5 x 114.5 cm. Collection of the MacLaren Art Centre. Gift of Aldo L. Gottardo, 1999. Photo: André Beneteau.
May 24, 2018 - July 8, 2018

Tom Dean
Woodcuts
May 24 to July 8, 2018
The Carnegie Room
Curator: Renée van der Avoird
Reception: Thursday, July 5, 7 to 9 pm

Drawn from the MacLaren’s Permanent Collection, the eight woodcut prints in this exhibition by Governor General Award-winning artist Tom Dean are made with construction-grade plywood pressed onto paper. Each print depicts a singular, puddle-like shape based on the idea of a melted six-sided die. The black, sublimated forms lack structure: drained of all potential energy, their horizontality is a fundamental consequence of gravity. Evoked here are existential themes that continue to inform the artist’s thinking: dichotomies between horizontality and verticality, form and the collapse of form.

Tom Dean was born in Markdale, Ontario and educated in Montreal. He achieved early success in several media, including text, video, printmaking, performance and sculpture. Dean relocated to Toronto in 1976 and remained active in the Canadian and international contemporary art scene. His innovative practice resulted in an invitation to represent Canada at the Venice Biennale in 1999. Tom Dean has work in the Permanent Collections of the National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal and the Musée des beaux arts de Montréal.