Dean Drever: Next to Nothing

April 23rd - May 14th - Edmonton Gallery

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Dean Drever: Next to Nothing
April 23rd - May 14th
Douglas Udell Gallery Edmonton: 10332- 124 St. Edmonton, AB T5N 1R2
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 23rd, 2-4 pm

Exhibition Statement:
“Our experience of art is rooted in our perceptions. Perception is linked to physicality as our bodies connect innately to the essence of the elements that surround us. These elements are already perfect. Our experience, as we interact with them, is already perfect.
This exhibition explores objects based on ideas that naturally intersect form and materiality. Visual communication is a sensory and tactile experience, which enables a feeling awareness in relation to each object element. The sculptures hold no meaning except for their own physical presence.
A collection of molecules vibrates at such a rate to become what we know to be wood. Similarly with copper, colours, fabric, and hides. In exploring these materials, I am after the truth in order to open the appropriate, honest, and respectful channel to each element’s authentic nature.
I have wanted to make this body of work for the last 20 years. These forms, colours, shapes and proportions are what preoccupy my dream space, almost like a fantasy toy box. I like to call myself a minimalist but in reality my previous work is very loaded with heavy content. I wanted to see what would happen if I had the courage to let the forms stand alone. Hence, the title of the show - Next to Nothing.”

About the Artist:

Dean Drever (b. 1970) studied sculpture at the Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary, Alberta. His work has been shown nationally and internationally. Recent exhibitions include Everything’s Going To Be OK Again Soon – a survey show of Drever’s work from 1998 to the present, curated by Robert Enright at the Art Gallery of Grande Prairie, Fiction/Non-Fiction - curated by Naomi Potter, Wayne Baerwaldt, and Steve Loft at the Esker Foundation in Calgary, and ‘MKG127’ - at 57w57 in New York City.
Dean Drever is represented by The Douglas Udell Gallery. He lives and works in Toronto.


Edmonton 10332 – 124 Street T5N 1R2 p. 780.488.4445
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