“For all its glory, civilization cannot console us for the loss of what it destroys.” – Robert Pogue Harrison, Forests: The Shadow of Civilization
DaveandJenn began their collaborative practice as painters and became known for creating multi-layered resin paintings that were inches thick and swimming with tiny details. The painted imagery in these works is floating, suspended in between each epoxy layer so that it can catch the light and create shifting shadows that fall onto the layers below.
DaveandJenn’s sculptures, and most recently their installation works, can be seen as an extension of this painting practice. The interplay between the light, shadows, and reflections within the earlier resin works led to an imaginative exploration of what it would be like to peel apart the epoxy layers and make a painting that someone could walk into.
Paradise for an in-between time brings us back to the forest, a landscape often depicted in their earlier work. However, this forest is a mirage; a heartache; an exercise in resilience; as well as a party for the end of the world. It is filled with light, shadows, and reflections layered together to recreate something that is lost and, perhaps, not yet found.
DaveandJenn is the name that artists David Foy and Jennifer Saleik have worked under as collaborators since 2004. Foy was born in Edmonton, Alberta in 1982; Saleik in Velbert, Germany, in 1983. They each graduated with a degree 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. They have been shortlisted for RBC’s Canadian Painting Competition (2006, 2009), awarded the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta’s Biennial Emerging Artist Award (2010) and longlisted for the Sobey Art Award (2011). Their work is included in both public and private collections.
Cut-paper Animation Workshop with DaveandJenn at Esker Foundation.
Featuring an interview with artist Jennifer Saleik.
Featuring the exhibition:
DaveandJenn, Paradise for an in-between time
January 29 to April 29, 2018