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RIGHT: Installation view of Damian Moppett, Large Painting and Caryatid Maquette in Studio at Night (Sculpture Version), 2012, aluminum, paint.


Large Painting and Caryatid Maquette in the Studio at Night (Sculpture Version)

November 8, 2012 to April 1, 2013
Organized by the Vancouver Art Gallery
Curated by Kathleen Ritter, Associate Curator

Images of the artist’s studio appear frequently in Damian Moppett’s work, showing the studio as both a site of
experimentation and a setting for the performative nature of art making. In his installation at Offsite, Moppet
built on the sense of theatricality inherent in these works.
Starting with the painting Large Painting and Caryatid Maquette in Studio at Night, the artist transformed the
artwork into a three-dimensional work, taking shapes from the original and reproducing them as large-scale
metal cut-outs. These colourful shapes were propped up in the outdoor space as if from a pop-up book, creating a
cartoon-like version of the original that viewers experienced at a larger-than-life size. In its totality, the piece called
into question a number of persistent concepts in art: the idea of mastery, the separation of artistic disciplines,
the division between high art and craft, and the weight of art history.

ARTIST: Damian Moppett

Offsite is funded by the City of Vancouver through the Public Art Program. The Gallery recognizes Ian Gillespie,
President, Westbank; Ben Yeung, President, Peterson Investment Group; and the residents of Shangri-La for
their support of this space.

Visionary Partner: Michael O’Brian Family Foundation

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