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.
Since 2011 I have 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, the early 2000s punk-hardcore aesthetic, and the revival of mid-century brutalist architecture. I layer such references upon each other through detailed markmaking.
I blend screen-print techniques to emphasize opaque layers that bleed into to gestural painting and drawing techniques. I use pigment alcohol markers, ink, gouache, and acrylic on paperand wood structures. In my 2D and performative installations I repeat patterns and mark making topoint to incipient stultification or paralysis, in order to metaphorically demonstrate and showcase how the constant and seemingly ceaseless replication of assembly line technologies of production and consumption how we become alienated from one-another.