“Spatial images are the dreams of society. Wherever the hieroglyphics of any spatial image are deciphered, there the basis of social reality presents itself” – Siegfried Kracauer

“Time moves in one direction, memory in another. We are that strange species that constructs artifacts intended to counter the natural flow of forgetting” – William Gibson

Join us for the upcoming exhibition “a bell is a cup until it is struck”by Narwhal artist Jacob Whibley at Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre. This exhibition explores ideas of communal narrative, architecture, and the ability to abstract fragments, memories, and latent influences from the viewer. By drawing a connection between fire’s ability to create a catalytic ambience and the transcendental nature of abstraction, abandoned structural moments are referenced for their ability to evoke a similar state of reflection. Fire is harnessed to render linear representations of space and create scorched planes, while the accompanying video and sculptural pieces rely on verbal triggers to be activated. The artworks in this exhibition explore an aesthetic of undoing and provide an opportunity to consider what histories and ideas inhabit space despite their immateriality.

Opening reception:
September 28 – 6:00-10:00pm
Project Room,York Quay Gallery,
Harbourfront Centre, Toronto

Show runs until December 23, 2012

About Jacob Whibley
Jacob Robert Whibley is a Toronto based artist focusing on collage, sculpture and installation. His work has been exhibited in a variety of galleries throughout Canada, U.S. and Europe. Most recently he was included in the group shows “Freedom of Assembly” (2012) at Oakville Galleries and “Collages” (2012) at Espace de l’art concret in Mouans-Sartoux, France. Upcoming projects include the Toronto International Art Fair (Oct 26-29, 2012) and a special project as part of ImPulse, Pulse Art Fair Miami ( Dec 6-9, 2012). Primarily recognized for his abstract collages, it is with “a bell is a cup until it is struck” that he makes an aesthetic departure to further explore themes of contemporary architecture, mark-making and memory.
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