Dil Hildebrand, Canadian, b. 1974, detail from Domestic Arrangement, 2012, oil on canvas, 193 x 147 cm, courtesy of Pierre-François Ouellette Art Contemporain, (Dil Hildebrand)
It is about thinking out the problem of how to build something, in a similar way as an equation may be drawn out and solved on a chalkboard.
—Dil Hildebrand, artist
The School of Art at the
University of Manitoba has a new exhibit that focuses on works by
four prominent artists who have some connection to the faculty.
The exhibit is called Re-Configuring Abstraction. SCENE invited each of the four artists to describe one of their works.
Dil Hildebrand is a Winnipeg artist who studied in Montreal. A few years ago he was part of the 4th Beijing International Art Biennale in Beijing, China. His work is in major museums across Canada, including the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, and at the National Gallery of Canada. He lives and works in Montreal.
Hildebrand is pleased that this exhibit draws attention to the importance of abstract art. "It's really hard to pin down what is truly abstract in the first place, since the work of so many artists in Canada and abroad often look abstract at first glance but then reveal on closer inspection a representational element or origin," he says.
Here is Hildebrand's description of his painting, Domestic Arrangement: