Tom Dean: Woodcuts

May 24, 2018 – July 8, 2018

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.

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

Tom Dean is a senior Toronto artist working in sculpture, painting, video, drawing and printmaking.  The eight woodcut prints in this exhibition from the MacLaren’s Permanent Collection are made with construction-grade plywood pressed on 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 Dean’s thinking: dichotomies between horizontality and verticality, form and the collapse of form.