MARCEL DZAMA (CANADA)

Dzama : bizarre scenarios
and a radiant innocence

Born in 1974, Marcel Dzama lives and works in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

In recent years he has received broad and fast recognition, landing solo exhibitions in the United States and Europe.

He is represented by David Zwirner Gallery in New York.

   Artistic Approach

Marcel Dzama, Untitled, 2001
Acrylic on wood panel
Famous Drawings Presents: Marcel Dzama, Smart Art Press, Santa Monica, 1998 :
by Wayne Baerwaldt

"Seemingly aimless but in fact hungrily selective, Marcel Dzama's quirky ink and watercolour drawings reflect a unique passion for ambiguity.

Conscientiously mined from a range of stylistic sources-from Beatrix Potter to Dante's Inferno, film noir to Surrealism - but devoid of narrative context and stripped of philosophical pretensions, Dzama's bizarre human/animal scenarios are suffused with a radiant innocence, romantic purity, and an idiosyncratic sense of humour far removed from the ironic norm of contemporary art."

   Project for the Biennale

Marcel Dzama, Day to day with Dracula and Dante, 2002
Paper, water colour, pencil, ink, root-beer, markers
198 drawings of 11" x 8 1/2"
12 drawings of 24" x 18"
Courtesy of the artist

by Marcel Dzama

"I keep a sketchpad with me at all times. When an idea comes to me I like to quickly sketch it out so I can use it later.

Usually the best ideas happen right before I fall asleep. I have a sketchpad beside my bed and even at times have to use a flashlight so I will remember it.

I find that most of my ideas tend to be influenced by literature or by film. Recently I read Dante's Inferno, and found myself subconsciously drawing some of its imagery.

I have also watched several movies about Nosferatu and Dracula that have undoubtedly found their way into my work."

   Works Shown at the 3rd Biennale de Montréal

Marcel Dzama, Day to day with Dracula and Dante, 2002

1. Marcel Dzama, Day to day with Dracula and Dante, 2002
Paper, water colour, pencil, ink, root-beer, markers
198 drawings of 11" x 8 1/2"
12 drawings of 24" x 18"
Courtesy of the artist

   Solo Exhibitions (selection)
2002
  • Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica, USA

    2001

  • More Famous Drawings, Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon (Saskatchewan), Canada; Olga Korper Gallery, Toronto (Ontario), Canada; Saidye Bronfman Center for the Arts, Montréal (Québec), Canada; Agnes Etherington Art Gallery, Kingston (Ontario), Canada; Art Gallery of Calgary (Alberta), Canada; Laforet Galleries, Tokyo, Japan; Spacio Minimo, Madrid, Spain; Galleri Magnus Karlsson, Stockholm, Sweden;
  • Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica, États-Unis
  • Zeichnungen + Video, Diehl Vorderwuelbecke, Berlin, Germany
  • Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle, USA

    2000

  • Marcel Dzama, Sies + Höke, Dusseldorf, Germany
  • Project Room, Diehl Vorderwuelbecke, Berlin, Germany
  • David Zwirner Gallery, New York, USA
  • Sies + Höke, Dusseldorf, Germany
  •    Group Exhibitions (selection)
    2002
  • La 3e Biennale de Montréal - 2002, Montréal (Québec), Canada
  • Super Heroes, Galerie Edward Mitterand, Genève, Switzerland
  • One Thousand Words: Storytelling Images from Cultures Aroud the World, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboyan, USA

    2001

  • I love NY, David Zwirner Gallery, New York, USA
  • Read All About It, Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle, USA

    2000

  • Artcore Gallery, Toronto (Ontario), Canada
  • Dr. Wings, Galerie Air de Paris, France
  • Fall Survey, Douglas Udell Gallery, Edmonton (Alberta) and Vancouver (British Columbia), Canada
  • Babylon, Galerie Philomene Magers, Munich, Germany
  • Selections from the The Manilow Collection, MOCA, Chicago, USA
  • Double Whammy, Atelier Gallery, Vancouver (Colombie-Britannique), Canada
  • Garage Video, North Dakota Museum, Grand Forks, USA
  • Garage Video, Plug In Gallery, Winnipeg (Manitoba), Canada
  • Greetings from Winnipeg, MCAD, Minneapolis, USA
  • Drawing Show, Chicago Institute of Art, Chicago, USA
  • Drawings 2000, Barbara Gladstone, New York, USA
  •    Publications
  • BAERWALDT, Wayne, Marcel Dzama: more famous drawings, Plug in, 1999
  • BAERWALDT, Wayne, Famous Drawing Presents: Marcel Dzama, Smart Art Press, 1998
  • GILDERS, Adam �Marcel Dzama, J&L Illustrated No 1, J&L, 2001, 144p
  •    Marcel Dzama on the Web
  •  Greg Kucera Gallery (Canada)
  • ARTISTS


    VISUAL ARTS

      David Blatherwick

      Cai Guo-Qiang

      Casagrande
         & Rintala


      Colette

      Marcel Dzama

      Graham Gillmore

      Betty Goodwin

      Angela Grauerholz

      Daniel Guzman

      Mathew Hale

      Anton Henning

      Cisco Jiménez

      Koganezawa
         Takehito


      Lux Lindner

      Corinne Marchetti

      Jorge Luis Marrero

      François Morelli

      Claudia & Julia Müller

      Alain Paiement

      Bruno Peinado

      Ed Pien

      Jean-François Prost

      John Scott

      Kiki Smith

      Siphay Southidara

      Barthélémy Toguo

      Torolab (Raúl &
         Marcela Cárdenas)


      Pablo Vargas-Lugo

      Vedovamazzei
      (S. Scala & S. Crispino)


      Jean-Luc Verna

      Fabien Verschaere



    LIGHT
    INSTALLATION

      Michel Iorio



    PERFORMANCE

      Cees Krijnen



     

     

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