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David Dyck

David Dyck is an inventor-artist. With great attention to detail, a sophisticated DIY aesthetic, a formal background in mechanical engineering, and a studied cultivation of his own idiosyncrasies, he transforms everyday objects into working prototypes for an alternate world of rechanneled purpose (Marcus Miller, 2014). Dyck has worked in a variety of media including painting, drawing, printmaking and sculpture, often transgressing these boundaries in interesting and unexpected ways: from drawing-machine sculptures, to performative paintings made with a chainsaw rather than a brush. His interest in the dying art of sign-painting has also lead to a series of works that explore this traditionally commercial practice through a fine art lens. The resulting " paintings" do not necessarily conform to our expectations of fine art, delving instead into ongoing dialogues around genre hierarchies and value systems both within and outside of the art world. With a distinct sense of humour, Dyck's work pays homage to the irrational sensibilities and iconic works of the early 20th century European avant-garde. He completed an MFA at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon and is currently the Visual Arts Studio Technician at Memorial University of Newfoundland, following from a one year term as Associate Curator at the Estevan Art Gallery and Museum.

Curriculum Vitae

Education

2014 Master of Fine Art.
Major: Sculpture and Installation.
University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK.

2011 Bachelor of Fine Art.
Major: Drawing.
University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK.

2008 Bachelor of Education.
Major: Fine Arts and Practical and Applied Arts.
University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK.

2000 CAD/CAM Engineering Technology. (two year diploma).
SIAST - Kelsey Institute, Saskatoon, SK.

Employment

2015-2016 Associate Curator. Estevan Art Gallery & Museum, Estevan, SK.
2011-2015 Framer. Art Placement / The Gallery Inc., Saskatoon, SK.
2012 Sessional Lecturer, ART 242 Sculpture (Fall Term). University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK.
2011-2012 Teaching Assistant, ART 141 Sculpture (Fall and Summer Term). University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK.
2009 - 2010 Plumber's Assistant. Action Plumbing Ltd., Saskatoon SK.
2004 - 2009 Bicycle Mechanic / Ski Technician. Doug's Spoke 'N Sport, Saskatoon SK.
2008 Teacher Intern (Art and Drafting). Carlton High School, Prince Albert, SK.
2000 - 2004 CNC Laser Programmer / Draftsperson. Laser Cut Manufacturing Ltd., Saskatoon SK.

Selected Group and Solo Exhibitions

2015 Mega Blowout Clearance Discount Sale !!!. Collaboration with Derek Sandbeck. Bridges Art Movement, Saskatoon, SK.
2015 Gas Station. Collaboration with Derek Sandbeck. TBA Projects, Saskatoon, SK.
2014 Everyday... Solo exhibition. St. Thomas More College Gallery, Saskatoon, SK.
2013 Pure Sugar. Solo MFA thesis exhibition. Gordon Snelgrove Gallery, Department of Art and Art History, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK.
2012 [dis]array. University of Saskatchewan/University of Regina Collaborative MFA Group Exhibition. Gordon Snelgrove Gallery, Department of Art and Art History, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK.
2012 AKA Art Walk. 20th St. Business District/ AKA Gallery, Saskatoon, SK
2011 Copy. Curated by Marcus Miller. Gordon Snelgrove Gallery, Department of Art and Art History, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK.
2011 Tidy Room. Independent Member's Project. AKA Gallery, Saskatoon, SK, Solo work based on failed collaborative proposal by Shaun DeRooy, David Dyck, and Derek Sandbeck.
2011 MayWorks 2011: Redressing Labour and Representation in Oligopoly Capitalism. Curated by Edison del Canto. Gordon Snelgrove Gallery, Department of Art and Art History, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK.
2011 Paper Machine. Solo BFA Graduating Exhibition. Gordon Snelgrove Gallery, Department of Art and Art History, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK.
Curatorial Projects
2016 So Much Ice: Robert Truszkowski, Estevan Art Gallery & Museum, Estevan, SK.
2016 Power + Beauty: Aaron Salamon, Estevan Art Gallery & Museum, Estevan, SK.
2016 Iron Works: Ray Lodoen, Estevan Art Gallery & Museum, Estevan, SK.
2016 Pushing Pedals: Cycling on the Prairies, Estevan Art Gallery & Museum, Estevan, SK.
2016 Spectate: Belinda Kriek, Estevan Art Gallery & Museum, Estevan, SK.

Awards

2010 University of Saskatchewan Honours Scholarship
2011 Bill Epp Memorial Sculpture Award
2011 - 2013 University of Saskatchewan Graduate Scholarship

Grants, Residencies and Mentorships

2016 - 2017 CARFAC Saskatchewan Mentorship Program
2014 Saskatchewan Arts Board Emerging Artist Grant
2014 Kent Sutherland Architects Artist Residency

Volunteer Experience

2011 (April) Painter, Saskatoon Community Youth Arts Programming (SCYAP) Inc., Saskatoon, SK.
2013 (November) Installation Assistant Cacher pour mieux montrer (hide to show better) Placemaker Program, Artist: Sans facon, Saskatoon, SK.
2014 (November) Installer, AKA Artist Run, Saskatoon, SK.
2015 (July) Installer, Writers at Woody Point Art Show, Woody Point, NL.
2016 (June) Immersion Field School Assistant Coordinator, Harlow Immersion Program, Harlow Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland, England

Artist Talks

2011 Saskatoon Community Youth Arts Programming (SCYAP) Inc., Saskatoon, SK.
2013 Gordon Snelgrove Gallery, Department of Art and Art History, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK.
2015 Estevan Art Gallery & Museum, Estevan, SK.
2016 Memorial University, Harlow Campus, Harlow, UK.

 


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