By devising expressive gestures through rules and reasoning indicative of Post-Minimal and Conceptual art, Toronto-based artist Julia Dault (b. 1977) is part of a generation of artists invigorating abstract painting today. She explores notions of artistic labor, often through constraining, repeating, or mechanically producing her hand’s gestures. This is achieved in part through her use of non-traditional tools and supports: Dault scrapes and pushes paint across the canvas with combs, squeegees, and other implements that help her create pattern-like, but ultimately imperfect, compositions. Dault’s exploration of the handmade and the industrial continues in her sculptures, which she improvises on site with hand-bent building materials.
Julia Dault (born 1977, Toronto) has exhibited in biennials, museums, and galleries worldwide. Her artworks are in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the MCA Chicago, and the Art Gallery of Ontario, among other institutions. She has presented solo exhibitions at the Contemporary Art Gallery Vancouver (Canada) and the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery (Canada); participated in the New Museum Triennial (United States) and the Gwangju (South Korea) and Marrakech (Morocco) biennials; and been included in group exhibitions at the Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art (Netherlands), the Pérez Art Museum Miami (United States), the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw (Poland), and, most recently, the Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans (United States). Her first monograph was published by Black Dog Press, the Power Plant, and CAG Vancouver in 2019.
Born in Toronto, Canada, 1977
Lives and works in Toronto, Canada