B. Vancouver, 1984
Brendan A. de Montigny is a multidisciplinary artist, cultural connector, and curator. He holds a MFA from uOttawa, a BFA from Concordia University, and a DEC from Heritage College. De Montigny has exhibited drawings, performances and Installations in Ottawa, Toronto, Montreal, and New York state, including: Ottawa City Hall Art Gallery, Art Gallery of Ontario, and Todmorden Mills Museum. He co-founded and directed the Ottawa art gallery PDA Projects from 2014-2018. He is launching a forthcoming podcast on arts in Canada, with local artist and professor Christopher Payne, called Like Art.
Brendan A. de Montigny is the current regional director for EN MASSE, and the communications & marketing officer at MasterpieceVR, a virtual reality app focused on artistic content creation.
He is a finalist for the 2019 RBC Emerging Artist Award. The winner will be announced May 7.
Since 2011, he has lived in Vieux-Hull, Gatineau.
I use painting, drawing, performance, and installation to open up spaces for reconsideration of 20th century coded systems of art consumption. These systems are founded on codes of patriarchal and oppressive relations which are in turn grounded in presumptions of technological utopianism and power. My art begins inside my life, and growing up as a middle class (privileged) and suburban person. By beginning with a self-critical view of my life and it privileged forms I look to analyze the threshold between this visually mundane environment and the decay or ruin it might cause to our collective being. I use visual motifs found in diagrams for learning, such as automobile and airplane model car kits, the aesthetics of 70s pulp science fiction, punk-hardcore aesthetics, and the mid-century brutalist architecture. I layer these references upon each other through detailed markmaking. I repeat patterns to mimic the stultification or paralysis through the constant and seemingly ceaseless replication of assembly line technologies of production and consumption.