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Constructive Abandonment

Michael Dumontier & Neil Farber

FROM TWO OF THE FOUNDING MEMBERS OF THE INFLUENTIAL COLLECTIVE, THE ROYAL ART LODGE

June 2011

Constructive Abandonment is a series of small paintings featuring surreal vignettes with animals and children weighed down by the pressures of life. With absurdly comedic interactions, the text varies from straightforward to even more abstract and nonsensical than the images that it accompanies. The paintings end up reading like absurd fine art gag strips, with certain paintings obviously referencing child's play or literature and others seemingly without reference, completely untethered.

Michael Dumontier and Neil Farber are founding members of the Royal Art Lodge. Since the dissolution of the influential Winnipeg art collective, Dumontier and Farber continue to work and create art together. Constructive Abandonment is not only a partnership of two of today's great contemporary artists, but also of cohesive dissonance. Pages that could be forgettable one-liners become investigations into intellect and our ability to draw correlations between contradictory elements in a single image, as well as being laugh-out-loud funny.

Hardcover, 7 X 7, Full Colour, 64 pages

ISBN: 9781770460454

$15.95 US / $15.95 CDN

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Animals With Sharpies

Michael Dumontier & Neil Farber

IN STORES JUNE 2013

PAINTINGS BY TWO OF CANADA �S MOST INFLUENTIAL CONTEMPORARY FINE ARTISTS

Animals With Sharpies is a collection of paintings withhand-lettered texts. In each painting, Michael Dumontier and Neil Farber have depicted an animal holding a sharpie, ostensibly writing a message. These messages are varied in nature: they are political and religious tracts, confessions, recipes, arithmetic problems and more. Above all, these paintings are funny, but they are also startlingly poignant and jarring for the humanness of the suffering and longing depicted in these animals� simple words. Dumontier and Farber, two of the founding members of the highly influential art collective the Royal Art Lodge, have been collaborating on art projects for more than fifteen years. Their collaborative style is unique from that found in their individual works and is respected internationally: they�ve exhibited together in France, Switzerland, Canada, the USA, Belgium, Spain, England and Germany. Dumontier and Farber have a strong sense of the absurd, but are also deeply insightful about the world in which their art is created. Animals With Sharpies will be a mixture of new, previously unseen pieces, and older pieces.

Hardcover, 9" x 7", Full-Color

ISBN: 9781770461062

$16.95 US / $16.95 CDN

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