Approved: 06.07.2009

Trevor Kiernander

Artist

Approved: 06.07.2009

My work takes visual cues from real and virtual environments, examining, assembling and also deconstructing space, exploring figure/ground relationships and the representation of architectural motifs. Starting with visual ideas drawn from photographs of buildings and landscapes, I break down and reconstruct a world formed of dislocated and interwoven partial planes, lines and shapes.My

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  • Location: Montreal
  • Activities: Higher education, Practice-based research, Community arts, Studio practice
  • Tags: painting, abstraction, formalism, oil, acrylic, architecture, deconstruction
 
 

Biography

My work takes visual cues from real and virtual environments, examining, assembling and also deconstructing space, exploring figure/ground relationships and the representation of architectural motifs. Starting with visual ideas drawn from photographs of buildings and landscapes, I break down and reconstruct a world formed of dislocated and interwoven partial planes, lines and shapes.My paintings attempt to create dynamic tension between formal elements, such as splashes of colour, shapes reminiscent of the outlines of architectural structures, dissecting lines, charcoal under-drawings, and masking tape intentionally left in place or used to paint hard edges. Layered over these are occasionally solid blocks of dark earth tones that occlude parts of the image, producing a sense of realistic three-dimensional space, part of which is obscured from view.

CV & Education

PROFESSIONAL TRAINING

2009      MFA, Art Practice—Goldsmiths University of London                  

2006      BFA w/ Distinction, Major Painting & Drawing—Concordia University, Montreal

2000      Canada Interpretive Illustration Diploma—Sheridan College, Oakville, Ontario

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS / PROJECTS 

2016      Art Mûr, Event Horizon: This Must Be The Place, Montreal (September 2016)

2016      McClure Gallery, Event Horizon: This Must Be The Place, Montreal (September 2016)

2014      Art Mûr, Uncommon Ground, Montreal

2013      Vitrine, Fallen, London

2012      Art Mûr, Here. Not Here., Montreal

2010      The Woodmill, Project:Space, London

2010      Art Mûr, To Build A Home, Montreal

2010      Bearspace, Trade Skins, London

2007      Art Mûr, Relative Detachments, Montreal

2005      LaFabriq, Form, Fond, Couleur, Montreal

 

SELECTED DUO / GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2015      The Wilson, Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum, The Open West, Cheltenham

2014      HUSK, Teleology, London

2014      L’Blassa, BAB//\\DAR, in collaboration w/ Marrakech Biennale, Marrakech, Morocco

2014      Le 18, Here & Now—Sound Matters, Marrakech, Morocco

2013      St James Hatcham Goldsmiths, Post Post, London

2013      Maria Stenfors Gallery, Endogenous, London

2013      Southbank Centre, My Deptford: 8 Minutes From Here, London

2013      Enclave, Feedback, London

2013      Musée des beaux-arts de Mont-Saint-Hilaire, Héritage de Borduas, Mont-Saint-Hilaire, Quebec

2013      Departure Foundation, Satelike, London

2013      CART @ Armory Week: Dream Baby, New York City

2013      Jotta, Battersea Evolution, An Undelivered Postcard From The Edge Of The World, London

2012      Contact, Location Relative, Manchester

2012      Deptford X, Bringing Home The Art, London

2012      Bussey Building, For Display Purposes Only, London

2012      London Art Fair, Art Projects w/ Axis, London

2011      Kunstverein Speyer, So Here We Are, Speyer, Germany 

2011      Central House Of Artists, TRANSLATE / TRANSCRIBE, Moscow

2011      Art Mur, Question De Principe, Matter Of Principle, Montreal

2011      The Woodmill, S.A.G.S., London

2011      The Woodmill, Nicolas Party: Elephants at the Woodmill, London

2011      38b Peckham Rye, I Have No Use For The Truth, London

2011      Collective Show Los Angeles w/ LA Pedestrians Gallery, Los Angeles

2010      Vulpes Vulpes, Heliotrope, London

2010      ShopAt34, Say What What Way, London

2010      The Woodmill, The Devil’s Necktie, London

2009      ShopAt34, soSHOW!, London

2009      Area10, Groupe/Grope, London

2009      James Taylor Gallery, Notes From The Underground, London

2009      Grace & Clark Fyfe Gallery, How to Manage When Everything’s a Priority, Glasgow

2008      Lewisham Art House, New Cross Art Prize Exhibition, London

2008      Tender Pixel Gallery, New Paintings w/ Sungyeon Park, London

2007      FOFA Gallery, Stanley Mills Purchase Prize Exhibition, Montreal

2006      Parisian Laundry Collection I, Montreal

2006      AWOL Gallery Square Foot, Toronto

2006      Leonard & Bina Ellen Gallery, The Only Way Out Is In, Montreal

 

ART FAIRS

2015      Art Toronto, Toronto
2015      Papier, Montreal

2014      Art Toronto, Toronto

2014      Papier, Montreal

2013      CART @ Armory Week: Dream Baby, New York City

2013      Jotta, Battersea Evolution, An Undelivered Postcard From The Edge Of The World

2012      London Art Fair, Art Projects w/ Axis, London

2011      Central House Of Artists, TRANSLATE / TRANSCRIBE, Moscow

2010      Art Toronto, Toronto

2008      Art Toronto, Toronto

 

COLLECTIONS

CPOA du Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Concordia University

Collection Luc LaRochelle

Courchesne Larose Ltd
FIFA (Festival International du Film sur l’Art)

Loto-Québec

Orford Centre for the Arts

Parisian Laundry

Stanley Mills Collection

Tilquin Collection

Toronto Dominion Bank

Université de Sherbrooke

Various private collections in Canada, USA, UK, Russia and Europe

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY

• Michael Valinsky, “Visual Interview,” The Wild Magazine, 21 August 2014
• Crystal Bennes, “Trevor Kiernander,” The Learned Pig, 27 November 2013 • Susie Pentelow, “A Conversation with Canadian Artist Trevor Kiernander,” Traction Magazine, 6 November 2013

• “Trevor Kiernander. Fallen: A conversation with the Canadian artist Trevor Kiernander,” Wall Street International, 23 March 2013

• “Art Moscow 2011: A Round Up” (video), Huffington Post, 21 October 2011

• Jerome Delgado, “Arts visuels—De l’intime jusqu’à la peinture extreme,” Le Devoir (Montreal), 31 December 2010

• Christian Roy, “TREVOR KIERNANDER: La construction d’un monde pictural,” Vie des Arts (Canada) 219 (Summer 2010) 

• Lori Callaghan, “Roots Of Home Reveal Where The Heart Lives,” Montreal Gazette, 12 June 2010

• Jerome Delgado, “Le chaos raffiné de Kiernander,” Le Devoir (Montreal), 5 June 2010 • Goldsmiths—But Is It Art (documentary), dir. Magnus Temple and Emma Tutty, Dragonfly and BBC Four, April 2010 

• Susan Holtham, “Setting Up Art-Shop With soShow!,”  Dazed Digital, London, December 2009

• “Gold & Delicious,” MESCALINA.IT: Rivista on-line di Arte e Cultura, February 2008

• di Francesca Cavazzana, “Gold & Delicious,” archimagazine, February 2008

• Christine Redfern, “A Stroke of Art,” Montreal Mirror, August 2007

 

PUBLICATIONS 

Tom Trevatt and Catherine Barnabe, “Uncommon Ground,” Art Mûr, Montreal, September 2014

Michael Heilgemeir, “The Nomadic Studio,” Edition Taube, London, March 2013

Dominique Allard, “Trevor Kiernander: Here. Not Here.”, Art Mûr, Montreal, April 2012

Cameron Skene, “Meditations In An Emergency,” Art Mûr, Montreal, April 2012

Ian Gonczarow, “Translate/Transcribe,” Central House of Artists, Moscow, September 2011

Sandra Erbahcer, “So Here We Are,” Kunstverein Speyer, Germany, September 2011

Catherine Barnabe and Sarah Wilkinson, “To Build A Home,” Art Mûr, Montreal, May 2010

Carte Blanche 2, Painting Magenta Foundation, November 2008

Lyne Crevier and Katey Apsey, “Relative Detachements,” Art Mûr, Montreal, July 2007 

 

AWARDS & DISTINCTIONS

2014      MINT Collective Residency, Riad Biba, Marrakech, Morocco

2013      PEER Residency w/ Merike Estna, London

2010      John Moores Contemporary Painting 2010 (short list), London

2010      Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2010 (short list), London

2010      Woodmill Travel Grant, London

2007      RBC Painting Competition (short list): Eastern Division, Canada

2006      Stanley Mills Purchase Prize, Montreal

2002      Cambridge Centre for the Arts Jurors Award: First Annual Juried Exhibition

2002      Nominated: Bernice Adams Memorial Award: Contribution to Visual Arts in the Community

 

RELATED PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE, TEACHING, ARTIST TALKS

2015      Artist Talk, Concordia University, Montreal
2012      Visiting Tutor BA Fine Art, British Higher School of Art & Design, Moscow

2012      Artist Talk, British Higher School of Art & Design, Moscow

2009      Co-director, ShopAt34, London{C}