B. Vancouver, 1984
Brendan A. de Montigny is a multidisciplinary artist, cultural connector, and curator. He holds an 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 was a finalist for the 2019 RBC Emerging Artist Award.
Since 2011, he has lived in Hull, Gatineau, Quebec.
2021 - VERGE with Alex Sutcliffe, Studio Sixty Six, Ottawa, Ontario
2022- Fractured Utopia with Claire Scherzinger, Colin Canary, and Tyler Armstrong at Karsh-Mason Gallery in Ottawa.
I use painting, drawing and installation to consider how the technological utopianism of the 20th and 21st-century influences our lives. I am interested in the question: What is the intended uses of different technologies, and what happens when their unique instructions are reconfigured? How do we care for and maintain these objects in their reconfiguration? Through an aesthetic lens influenced by pulp science fiction and punk-hardcore, I use visual motifs found in the illustrations for assembly, model kits, installation and care manuals. These references are collaged, layered and repeated to create representational drawings, that are then, in turn, pulled apart to inform the abstract low relief paintings.