The AGSM is proud to announce a new show in the Community Gallery, featuring a selection of paintings by Brandon resident Diarmuid “Derry” Decter, titled Lost and Otherwise Found. The exhibition begins on Thursday, October 28, and will run through December, with a public reception on December 2, at 7 PM.
After a decades-long hiatus from artmaking, Decter spent the last five years in a close mentorship with master painter and Brandonite Jan Brancewicz, developing a unique style and a technique. The 57 artworks on display are a mere sampling of Decter’s prolific practice. Over a months-long curatorial process, AGSM curator Lucie
Lederhendler and the artist built an exhibition that will take the viewer on a tour of
artistic approaches, from saturated portraits to frantic landscapes, soft shading and
sharp horizon lines. The exhibition explores themes of displacement, relations, and
belonging with an approach to making that is informed as much by chaos as it is
scholarship. “Derry’s work is remarkable for being both deeply grounded in academic,
art historical knowledge and technique, and at the same time being just accidental, or
playful,” says Lederhendler. “Each piece has its very own personality, but when you see
them all together, this enormous number of paintings starts to tell a bigger story.”
The AGSM Community Gallery is supported by the City of Brandon, the Manitoba Arts Council, and the Canada Council for the Arts.