My work explores a semi-autonomous space that is at once grounded in the social while also dedicated to the materiality of mark making tools.
I usually start a painting or drawing with some kind of a reference to a found image, or a makeshift set of rules will determine a system for mark making. My references are subtle and diverse, including details from the background of historical documents to patterns from industrially produced pieces of plastic.
How these references or systems of thought are embedded in my material process and then aesthetically resolved as paintings form the subject of my ongoing research. The mediation of my line and gesture by these systems are central strategies at the core of my practice, not only acting as metaphors for how we understand subjectivity, but also acting as agents of chance which have the potential to animate the unconscious.
Meaning is made as my paintings and drawings allude to the history of art, ruminating upon feelings and ideas related to spirituality, the process of subject formation, and visuality.
My aim it to create aesthetic experiences for the viewer between the threshold of “being and knowing.” Inspiring a kind of agency, I see the possibility of making people think or feel differently. My desire is to challenge existing social bonds, and imagine new ways of being.
Artist Bio / CV
Derek Dunlop received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Arts from Simon Fraser University and his Master's of Fine Arts in Visual Arts from the University of British Columbia. Dunlop is primarily a studio based artists working in the mediums of painting and drawing. His research interests include abstraction, materiality, and procsess. He currently lives and works in Winnipeg, Manitoba where he is the Co-Director of PLATFORM centre for photographic + digital arts.