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Contemporary Art Gallery

555 Nelson Street
Vancouver, Canada
Open from Tuesday to
Sunday 12 pm → 6 pm

Admission always free
13 Nov 99until23 Dec 99

Daniel Congdon


555 Hamilton St

A large-sized geometric sculpture is installed on the gallery wall. Five yellow lines form a shape that resembles an arrow with an extra line that extends downwardly from the arrow point.

Daniel Congdon is a Vancouver artist who has been exhibiting since 1984. Using a minimalist visual vocabulary, he explores a relationship between the formal properties of sculpture and the mechanics of perception. During the past decade Congdon has incorporated a study of the trajectories of projected and refracted light beams into his artwork.

For the Contemporary Art Gallery, Congdon has produced large-scale wall sculptures that in both colour and shape recall minimalist abstraction of the late 1960s. This suggestion of purely formal structures is countered by the fact that they are representations incorporating physics and mathematics. This results in dynamic structures which waver between abstraction and representation, aesthetics and logic. Congdon questions the self-sufficiency of modernist abstraction while simultaneously maintaining its appearance.

Daniel Congdon has been included in exhibitions at the Vancouver Art Gallery; Charles H. Scott Gallery, Vancouver; Surrey Art Gallery; and Wilkey Fine Arts, Seattle.

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