Jennifer Carvalho & Jenine Marsh at Franz Kaka

Artists: Jennifer Carvalho & Jenine Marsh

Exhibition title: Every empire has an end

Venue: Franz Kaka, Toronto, Canada

Date: March 8 – 20, 2019

Photography: all images copyright and courtesy of the artists and Franz Kaka, Toronto

… In that Empire, the Art of Cartography attained such Perfection that the map of a single Province occupied the entirety of a City, and the map of the Empire, the entirety of a Province. In time, those Unconscionable Maps no longer satisfied, and the Cartographers Guilds struck a Map of the Empire whose size was that of the Empire, and which coincided point for point with it. The following Generations, who were not so fond of the Study of Cartography as their Forebears had been, saw that that vast Map was Useless, and not without some Pitilessness was it, that they delivered it up to the Inclemencies of Sun and Winters. In the Deserts of the West, still today, there are Tattered Ruins of that Map, inhabited by Animals and Beggars; in all the Land there is no other Relic of the Disciplines of Geography.

– Suarez Miranda, Viajes devarones prudentes, Libro IV,Cap. XLV, Lerida, 1658 1

Past a signpost, the land is either arid or fruitful. The weeds trail off or grow tall. Their wither or rise battering buildings, and roads, and places to meet. The effects of an event are always first revealed as an ecological crisis. Once under quarantine those coordinates are shaken free of precedent, made ready for late laws and advanced orders. Cordoned parcels planned away from populations where the

public becomes private like a veiled work of art – knowing all the while that the public was never public at all. Into the zone like a Stalker. Through a hole in a fence ducked under at nightfall is a border town. Its purpose to quell contingency and keep the status quo from the insurgent. But the site attracts no eyes, so stealth is a luxury.

destruction makes a space
lake of toxic waste
where the zombies grow
 in restricted zones

Tattered ruins, where common laws becomes uncommon. Every empire has an end.

Jorge Luis Borges, ‘On Exactitude in Science,’ Collected Fictions, translated by Andrew Hurley.

Jennifer Carvalho has exhibited throughout Canada including recent solo exhibitions at Georgia Scherman Projects (Toronto, ON); and group shows at The Art Gallery of Hamilton (Hamilton, ON); The Art Gallery of Mississauga (Mississauga, ON); and The National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa, ON). She is a three-time recipient of the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Award, and was shortlisted for the RBC Canadian Painting Competition in 2013 and 2014. Carvalho possesses an MFA from the University of Guelph and lives and works in Toronto, ON where her work is represented by Georgia Scherman Projects.

Jenine Marsh (b. Calgary, CA 1984) is an artist based in Toronto. Solo and two-person exhibitions include a room at the center of the world surrounded by the noise of men, Interface, Oakland USA, feminine marvelous and tough, Lulu, Mexico City MX; always with, Stride Gallery, Calgary; GUTTERSNIPES, Vie d’ange, Montreal; Dear Stranger, Entrée, Bergen NO; In a world of weeds, all roses are wild, Beautiful, Chicago USA; The Extrovert, Cooper Cole, Toronto CA; and The cut flower still blooms, 8-11, Toronto CA. Recent group exhibitions include The Future Stands Still but We Move in Infinite Space, OSL contemporary, Oslo NO; Flower Petal Tongues, Griffin Art Projects, Vancouver CA; Entangled Tales, Rupert, Vilnius LT; Occupations of Uninhabited Space, Gianni Manhattan, Vienna AT; How deep is your love?, Cooper Cole, Toronto CA; TRUE LIES, Night Gallery, Los Angeles USA; and A Change of Heart, Hannah Hoffman Gallery, Los Angeles USA. She has participated in residencies at USF Verftet (NO), La Datcha (DE), Rupert (LT), the Banff Centre (CA), and Vermont Studio Center (USA). Her work is represented by Cooper Cole in Toronto.

Jennifer Carvalho & Jenine Marsh, Every empire has an end, 2019, exhibition view, Franz Kaka, Toronto

Jenine Marsh, gap in fence (2), 2019, Gypsum cement, wire, velveteen, pennies

Jenine Marsh, scentless flowers, present conditions of change (detail), 2019, Gypsum cement casts of out-of-circulation, displaced and forged coins and tokens, weeds, found train-crushed trash, gravel, sand, powdered pigment

Jennifer Carvalho, Slower and Duller, 2019, Oil on canvas

Jennifer Carvalho, Slower and Duller, 2019, Oil on canvas

Jennifer Carvalho & Jenine Marsh, Every empire has an end, 2019, exhibition view, Franz Kaka, Toronto

Jennifer Carvalho, Bound to the Earth, 2019, Oil on canvas

Jennifer Carvalho & Jenine Marsh, Every empire has an end, 2019, exhibition view, Franz Kaka, Toronto

Jennifer Carvalho, Time has Fled, 2019, Oil on canvas

Jenine Marsh, gap in fence (4) & (5), 2019, Gypsum cement, wire, velveteen, synthetic rubber, pennies

Jenine Marsh, gap in fence (4) & (5), 2019, Gypsum cement, wire, velveteen, synthetic rubber, pennies

Jenine Marsh, gap in fence (4) & (5), 2019, Gypsum cement, wire, velveteen, synthetic rubber, pennies

Jenine Marsh, gap in fence (4) & (5), 2019, Gypsum cement, wire, velveteen, synthetic rubber, pennies

Jenine Marsh, gap in fence (4) & (5), 2019, Gypsum cement, wire, velveteen, synthetic rubber, pennies

Jenine Marsh, scentless flowers, present conditions of change, (detail) 2019

Jenine Marsh, scentless flowers, present conditions of change, (detail) 2019

Jennifer Carvalho & Jenine Marsh, Every empire has an end, 2019, exhibition view, Franz Kaka, Toronto

Jennifer Carvalho, A Tingling at the Edges, 2019, Oil on canvas

Jennifer Carvalho, A Tingling at the Edges, 2019, Oil on canvas

Jennifer Carvalho & Jenine Marsh, Every empire has an end, 2019, exhibition view, Franz Kaka, Toronto

Jenine Marsh, gap in fence (2), 2019, Gypsum cement, wire, velveteen, pennies

Jennifer Carvalho & Jenine Marsh, Every empire has an end, 2019, exhibition view, Franz Kaka, Toronto

Jennifer Carvalho, The Stalker, 2019, Oil on canvas

Jenine Marsh, scentless flowers, present conditions of change, (detail) 2019

Jenine Marsh, scentless flowers, present conditions of change, (detail) 2019

Jenine Marsh, scentless flowers, present conditions of change, (detail) 2019

Jenine Marsh, scentless flowers, present conditions of change, (detail) 2019

Jenine Marsh, gap in fence (1), 2019, Gypsum cement, wire, velveteen, pennies

Jennifer Carvalho & Jenine Marsh, Every empire has an end, 2019, exhibition view, Franz Kaka, Toronto

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