In his multidisciplinary practice, Toronto artist Derek Sullivan employs drawing, sculpture, bookworks and installation to engage with the legacies of modernist art and design.

His major solo exhibition at the MacLaren, installed in two galleries, explores what Sullivan describes as “the poetics of distribution,” bringing together sculptural and drawn works that examine how books are printed, assembled and disseminated.

This exhibition is accompanied by a critical text by Los Angeles-based artist and writer Jen Hutton.

His recent solo exhibitions include those at Galerie Antoine Ertaskarin, Montreal; Susan Hobbs, Toronto; Dunlop Gallery, Regina; Oakville Galleries; Modern Fuel, Kingston; and Galerie Emmanuel Hervé, Paris.

His work is held in the collections of the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Kingston; Art Gallery of York University, Toronto; the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; the Getty Museum Archives and Library, Los Angeles; and the Bibliothèque Kandinsky, Centre Pompidou, Paris, among others.

The Bookworks exhibit is on display until October 27 in Gallery 3 and the Carnegie Room in the MacLaren Art Centre.

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Image: Derek Sullivan, #141, Paper Architecture Press Approval, 2018, coloured pencil on paper, 127 x 96.5 cm. Courtesy of Susan Hobbs Gallery. Photo: Toni Hafkenscheid (left); Derek Sullivan, #139, Giant Hogweed, 2018, coloured pencil on paper, 127 x 96.5 cm. From the Collection of Yves Savoie and Steve Young. Photo: Toni Hafkenscheid (right).

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