After the Royal Art Lodge

Michael Dumontier & Neil Farber, Marcel Dzama, Jonathan Pylypchuk, Adrian Williams

Works in the exhibition

Division Gallery is pleased to present a group exhibition featuring works from The Royal Art Lodge, a group of Winnipeg artists that existed from 1996 to 2008. It had a core of five members who met regularly to collaborate on drawings, many of them with texts. This exhibition reunites the work of these five artists.

Adrian Williams, now in Berlin, and Jonathan Pylypchuk, who lives in Los Angeles, were the first to leave the group for solo careers. Then Marcel Dzama, its best-known member, left for New York. Michael Dumontier and Neil Farber are the only members who continue to draw collaboratively. Williams, who is influenced by the “outsider” art of Henry Darger, creates surreal images in ink that he varnishes to obtain rich colours. Pylypchuk’s paintings are collaged with cardboard and other material.An installation recreating a poor neighbourhood, made from scrap materials, is also in the exhibition. He showed similar work at the Musée d’art contemporain in 2010, but this is his first show in a commercial gallery in Canada. Dzama is showing his recent paper theatre stages crowded with cut-out figures, while Dumontier and Farber make small paintings with absurd but insightful hand-lettered texts.