October 10 to December 3, 2019
Opening: Thursday, October 10, 5:30 to 7:30 pm
Artists’ talk: Friday, October 11, 6 pm
Helga Jakobson, Sympoietic Sound, 2018, multimedia installation with plants, variable dimensions. Photo : Karen Asher, courtesy of the artist.
Gillian King, Tinctorum, 2019, acrylic, rust sediments, and various plant materials (including black walnut, calendula, indigo, madder, onion skins, roses, sumac and wildflowers) on canvas /, 71 x 61 cm. Courtesy of the artist.
Whitney Lewis-Smith, Jack In The Pulpit, 2019, pigment print from 8x10 glass plate, 112 x 152 cm. Courtesy of the artist.
Concerned with the state of the environment and ecological destruction, Jakobson, King and Lewis-Smith explore how we can reconnect with nature and other living beings through sympoiesis, or ‘becoming-with’ the organic world. The artists will build a site-specific, interactive installation involving painting, photography and sound that functions as a laboratory and research space centred around multiple plant chambers.
[The artists] frame this exhibition as a triptych, divided into three layers based on geologic time and layers of the earth. When we look at the stratification of earth, of geologic time, the layers operate as separate and distinct while, of course, in intimate relation to one another—inextricably bound by the forces of compaction. In working together, Jakobson, King and Lewis-Smith embrace the entanglement of their processes as a way of being in the world and being in relation—learning new techniques from one another (cyanotype, liquid tinting) and supporting the material exchange between their works through working with plants they have cultivated and cared for. They have extended the invitation to collaborate not just to one another, but also to their plant and vegetal others.
Helga Jakobson is an artist based on Treaty One Territory in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She received an MFA from AKV St. Joost (The Netherlands), completed in conjunction with courses in the Transdisciplinary New Media program at the Paris College of Art (France), in 2017. Helga has exhibited her work and participated in residencies across Canada, the United States and Europe. She received the 2019 Emerging Excellence Award from the Manitoba Arts Council, and was a finalist for the Salt Spring National Art Prize, in 2017.
Gillian King is an artist from Winnipeg, Manitoba and an MFA graduate from the University of Ottawa. She is the winner of the 2017 RBC Emerging Artist Award, the recipient of the 2017 Nancy Petry Award, and has shown her work in galleries nationally and internationally. In 2016, Gillian exhibited at a solo show at the Ottawa Art Gallery and in 2017, she was chosen as the Ontario representative in the Robert McLaughlin Gallery's 50th Anniversary Exhibition featuring five emerging abstract painters from across Canada. Gillian King is represented by Galerie Nicolas Robert.
Whitney Lewis-Smith is an artist based in Ottawa, Canada and Mexico City, Mexico. She studied studio arts at Concordia University, in Montreal, and completed her photographic education at the School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa (SPAO). Whitney’s work has been acquired by collectors in Canada and abroad, including Global Affairs Canada, Sophie and Justin Trudeau, SUMMA Art Fair Madrid, and the Beaverbrook Art Gallery. She was a 2018 finalist for the RBC Emerging Artist Award and is a college instructor at SPAO. Whitney is represented by Galerie St-Laurent + Hill and Subject Art NYC.
Helga Jakobson gratefully acknowledges the support of the Manitoba Arts Council and the Ottawa School of Art.
Whitney Lewis-Smith gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Ontario Arts Council.