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Marcel Dzama

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Winnipeg, Canada

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Marcel Dzama s a Canadian artist known for small-scale ink and watercolor drawings of human figures, animals, and imaginary hybrids.

Dzama typically uses a muted, melancholic color palette of browns and greens, drawing from nature and army textiles. He often employs root beer base as an artistic medium. In addition to ink and watercolor drawings, Dzama also creates many collages. A recent departure for Dzama is the move into large-scale polyptychs, sculpture, and video.

Dzama is also known for providing the cover art to a number of major albums, notably The Else by They Might Be Giants, Guero by Beck and Reconstruction Site by The Weakerthans. His costume designs can also be seen in music videos for both the Bob Dylan song "When the Deal Goes Down", and the Department of Eagles song "No One Does It Like You", which he also co-directed.

In 2004, Dzama released a series of action figures. McSweeney's has published two collections of his work, The Berlin Years in 2003 (reprinted in 2006) and a follow-up, The Berliner Ensemble Thanks You All, in 2008. His works are held in the collection of the Tate museum.



Recent Exhibits

Marcel Dzama participated in these exhibits:

Feb, 2015 Une Danse des Bouffons (A Jester's Dance)
KW Institute for Contemporary Art
Sep, 2014 Une Danse des Bouffons (A Jester's Dance)
David Zwirner- 533 W. 19th
Sep, 2014 Une Danse des Bouffons (A Jester's Dance)
David Zwirner- 525 W. 19th
May, 2014 Hollow Laughter
Kunstmuseum Thun
Mar, 2014 Not For All My Little Words
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