Narwhal is pleased to present Jacob Whibley’s first solo exhibition entitled just a conspiracy of cartographers, then?
. Employing collage, sculpture and drawing, Whibley harnesses information and experiences embedded within objects and forms by highlighting their residual traces, marks and histories. In combination, these charged formal structures simultaneously create a sense of ambiguous temporality and familiarity despite their abstraction.
As a youth through the 1980s-2000s, Whibley was witness to the burst of information technologies and specifically, the birth of the ubiquitous network experience. Through this interconnectedness, an intertextual database of images, experiences and objects exist, constantly echoing themselves virtually, temporally and physically. Embracing multiplicity and layering, Whibleys work explores the technological negotiation of our artifacts and histories into atemporal states of information.
Whibley has exhibited his work at institutions and art fairs throughout North America and Europe. Most recently he was included in the group shows Freedom of Assembly (2012) at Oakville Galleries, Canada and Collages (2012) at Espace de l’art concret in Mouans-Sartoux, France. Primarily recognized for his abstract collages, it is with a bell is a cup until it is struck (2012) at Harbourfront Centre, Canada that he makes an aesthetic departure to further explore themes of contemporary architecture, mark-making and memory.
Jacob Whibley: Collaging Contemporary Nostalgia
Essay by Bill Clarke
Please join us for an artist talk with Jacob Whibley
Saturday Sept 28, 2013
Runs Sept 7 – Sept 29, 2013