Artist Talk and Reception: Friday, February 24, 6:00 pm
Toronto artist Derek Sullivan is interested in the overlapping histories of modernist design, abstraction, and conceptual art. His works in various media (drawing, painting, sculpture, bookworks, and installation) are strategically contradictory: for instance, he replicates minimalist posters and books by conceptual artists by hand, in coloured pencil. Booklover brings together, for the first time, a retrospective of Sullivan’s bookworks, with intriguing and surprising additions, including a large-scale wall drawing, created by the artist onsite.
Derek Sullivan received his BFA from York University in 1999 and his MFA from the University of Guelph in 2002. He lives in Toronto where he is an Assistant Professor in Sculpture/Installation at OCAD University. Sullivan has exhibited nationally and internationally, and has been nominated for the Sobey Award in 2009, 2011, 2012, and 2015. His work is in numerous public and private art and library collections throughout Canada and beyond, including the National Gallery of Canada, the Bibliothèque de France, and the Getty Museum Archives and Library.