Why am I unable to represent what is so clear to me when I close my eyes? Derek Liddington

Platforms Project, Booth P50, May 26 – May 29, 2016

Why am I unable to represent what is so clear to me when I close my eyes? explores the possibility and impossibility of remembering objects and reaching goals. Throughout the duration of the fair a dancer strives to extend his hand as far as his body will allow overtop a platform of clay. At night, the artist recreates daffodils from his memory of an Ellsworth Kelly painting.

About the Artist

Derek Liddington obtained his MFA from Western University (2007) and BFA from NSCAD University (2004). Liddington’s work has been exhibited in numerous public settings, including his intervention at the Art Gallery of Ontario The Sun has Always Set From East to West (Toronto, ON). Recent solo exhibitions include Every moment can be traced back to the first time the sun touched my face (Cambridge Galleries, Cambridge, Canada, 2013), Modern Love (Daniel Faria Gallery, Toronto, ON, 2013) and It wasn’t until we closed our eyes that we could finally see what was there all along (AKA Gallery, Saskatoon, Canada, 2015). Liddington’s work has shown internationally at Art Berlin Contemporary (2013), Onagawa AIR, Japan (2013) as well as NADA New York (2014). In the fall of 2014 Liddington staged a 12-hour ballet electric guitar ballad in collaboration with Zev Farber and Cara Spooner as part of Denise Markonish’s curatorial project at Toronto’s Nuit Blanche. Liddington has been the recipient of numerous grants, including support from the Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council and Canada Council for the Arts as well as being a finalist for the Toronto Friends of the Visual Arts, Artist Prize in 2011. Liddington currently practices in Toronto, ON.

Documentation by Daniel Barber & Stephanie Fielding