DaveandJenn: Whenever it Hurts

DaveandJenn: Whenever it Hurts


January 19 – February 23, 2019

MAIN GALLERY SPACE

View list of images here

AKIMBO review by Terence Dick

interview: CBC.ca

In association with TrépanierBaer Gallery
photos by: M.N. Hutchinson

image: “The Bird That Was A Mimic”, polymer clay, porcelain, bronze, 23 karat gilding and acrylic paint, 4.5” x 7” x 8.5”, 2018

“We often focus on the shifting boundaries between the real and the imagined in everyday life and how these can distort our sense of ourselves, of others, and of the world around us. These distortions are so influential, but often we are completely unaware of them. Our biases, fears, hopes, and delusions run the show.

There is also a sense that the centre won’t hold, that things will fall apart. That there is a reckoning looming. But then what? What comes after the delusions crumble, the forests fade and the lines are crossed? One thing ends, another begins. We are inextricably tied to the world around us, each person and thing, a landscape moving in between the micro and macro, sifting through the growing noise. Our work is the result of different landscapes being layered together. Our material choices often reflect this. Historical mediums like bronze and plaster being combined with plastic and resins. It’s an aggregate of a time and place. And science, history, daily life, western mythology, pop culture… it’s all in there. Because it’s all around us. We make art from noise.” DaveandJenn

DaveandJenn (David Foy and Jennifer Saleik) have collaborated since 2004. Foy was born in Edmonton, Alberta in 1982; Saleik in Velbert, Germany, in 1983. They graduated with distinction from the Alberta College of Art + Design in 2006, making their first appearance as DaveandJenn in the graduating exhibition. Experimenting with form and materials is an important aspect of their work, which includes painting, sculpture, installation, animation and digital video. Over the years they have developed a method of painting dense, rich worlds in between multiple layers of resin, slowly building up their final image in a manner that is reminiscent of celluloid animation, collage and Victorian shadow boxes. DaveandJenn are two times RBC Canadian Painting Competition finalists (2006, 2009), awarded the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta’s Biennial  Emerging Artist Award (2010) and longlisted for the Sobey Art Award (2011). DaveandJenn’s work was included in the acclaimed “Oh Canada”  exhibition curated by Denise Markonish at MASS MoCA – the largest survey of contemporary Canadian art ever produced outside of Canada. Their work can be found in both private and public collections throughout North America, including the Royal Bank of Canada, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, the Calgary Municipal Collection and the Art Gallery of Hamilton. Recent solo exhibitions include “Thinner Skin, Thinner Hide” at Cambridge Art Galleries (2018), “Paradise for an in-between time” at the Esker Foundation (2018) and “The Wellspring” at the Glenbow Museum (2017).

FRONT GALLERY SPACE
PA System
(Alexa Hatanaka and Patrick Thompson)

January 19 – February 23, 2019

View list of images here

AKIMBO review by Terence Dick

CBC ARTS 2017

PA System (Alexa Hatanaka and Patrick Thompson) work in textile, printmaking, painting, video, and public art. They create collaborative and socially-engaged projects namely in the high arctic, including their ongoing project with Inuit youth in Kinngait (Cape Dorset, Nunavut) called Embassy of Imagination.

Their work has been exhibited in institutions worldwide, such as the Royal Ontario Museum, The Art Gallery of Ontario, Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona, University of New Mexico Art Gallery, Canada House in London and the Guanlan International Printmaking Base in China. In September 2019 they will be exhibiting their work in the inaugural Toronto Biennial of Art.

PA System has been involved in the Kinngait community for six years spending three months at a time activating their Embassy of Imagination workshops or projects with the youth. They lead out-of-community projects with smaller groups of the youth annually. Their work as PA System is currently informed by the significant time spent in Kinngait, as documents of moments, memories and the land, and reflects on how they may address issues or aspirations identified by the youth, with the youth.

They have partnered with the District Education Authority of Kinngait to launch PPStudio (printmaking program) and Land and Cultural Leadership Program. Equipment funding for the latter program is received from the sales of the collaborative Future Snowmachines in Kinngait ongoing project.The Snowmachines have been exhibited in the AGO and as a large scale installation at The Bentway.

FORTHCOMING

Paul Collins: Marginalia
March 2 – March 30
Opening: Saturday March 2, 3-6 pm
Artist in attendance from Paris

 

ONGOING

Lyla Rye

Abide, Truck Contemporary Art , Calgary, solo exhibition 2019
Elusive Space at Indigo Gallery, Buffalo, USA, Until March 2, 2019
Lyla Rye: Recent Film Festivals 2018
Overshadow 2 , Revelation Perth International FF, Perth, Australia
Fade, Concrete Dream Film Festival, Los Angeles, USA
Fade, Delete TV Festival,  London, UK & Austria
Ways of Something, The Museum of the Moving Image, New York, USA

Caroline Larsen
The Beyond: Georgia O’Keeffe and Contemporary Artists, Crystal Bridges
Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas. Exhibition travels to the
North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, North Caroline and New Britain
Museum of American Art.

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