MULHERIN is pleased to present Patrick Lundeen's premier solo exhibition in Toronto: Letting It All Hang Out.
Lundeen's visceral sculptures and paintings draw a rich set of imagery, intentions and appropriations from a disparate set of art historical genres including Primitivism, Minimalism, folk art, Indigenous art and kitsch. Far from dwelling in the Canonized past, these works explore distinctly present-day complications of humour, tokenism, skepticsm and anxiety. Lundeen's practice lives in compelling aesthetic territory that is one part quasi-scientific anthropology and ethnography and one part Saturday-at-the-mall. In "Letting It All Hang Out" Lundeen plays on painting and sculpture's formal aspects and materiality: Are those real human nails and nail polish? Why do the paintings have plastic feet? Forever on brink of becoming an awkward joke, Lundeen challenges the viewer consider this set of work as dead serious.
Patrick Lundeen is an artist and musician from Lethbridge, Alberta. He studied at the Alberta College of Art and Design and the Glasgow School of Art, and received his MFA from Concordia University in 2006. Since leaving grad school Lundeen has had fourteen solo exhibitions in New York, Chicago, Montreal, Quebec City, Dundee (Scotland), Gothenburg, Stockholm, Calgary, Saskatoon and Charlottetown. Patrick Lundeen's work has been written about in Flash Art, The Globe and Mail, The National Post, Canadian Art, BorderCrossings, Time Out Chicago, Art and Auction, The Villager and ArtSlant.
The artists wish to gratefully acknowledge support from the Canada Council for the Arts.