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Jacob Whibley
all we ever wanted was everything

Runs September 5 – October 3, 2015

Jacob Robert Whibley is a Toronto based artist focusing on the information and experiences embedded within objects and forms by way of intuitively blending histories, architectures and ambiguous temporalities into formal compositions and structures.

CANADIAN ART FOUNDATION GALLERY HOP
Saturday Sept 26 at 2pm

Please join us as part of Canadian Art Foundation’s Gallery Hop with a tour and exhibition walkthrough with Jacob Whibley. Free to attend.

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‘our presence is but an anterior precondition for our future dissolution.’
-b. bratton, e-flux #46

‘whoever’s calm and sensible is insane!’
-rumi, 13c.

there is a subtle emanation on the breeze. it is expertly performing the interloper’s role. free from the immovable point, it embodies each phenomenon at the exact moment of its creation. by existing everywhere at once, it frees us from fate. in the early morning light we gaze at the dozing body of the recent past and romanticize it to death.

planted firmly in the architecture of our machines, we sing the praises of progress. and yet, the vine we cling to merely tethers us to ourselves. a fiction of continuity and palpable thought denies the steady flux, leaving us to contend with the dim hallway of our minds. our blueprints were drawn on stone walls, amidst flickering shadows that danced madly while fidelity settled in its dust.

in the mirrored universe we consolidate our origins into identical pockets of space and time. with progress running ramped towards a violent light, the unfiltered rays corrupt our eyes, forming diaphanous spots that linger indefinitely. in true form, we have taught ourselves to blink instead of turning away. the time for sensibility and calm has passed. what was once suspect is now awash in salvation.

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information flows engage in successive acts of erosion, removing porous narratives and leaving only cryptic treasure maps behind. a growing absence is detected not through the void, but with an apophenial attention to detail. the insane is normal now; the normal, insane. with computation as our preferred style of thought, we compress weeks into days, expanding intimacy in all directions. perception is on a collision-course trajectory with accelerated contemporaneity.

our own slow displacement is fueled by brightly coloured coils engaged in a free transfer from spool to object. the new original exists exclusively for reproduction, ready at birth to take its rightful place in the infinite archive. it is within this ever-growing movement toward conceptual accuracy where we have succeeded in emancipating the aura from the gate-keepers of authenticity.

in this state of chasing the future, our present is perpetually past. from atop a crumbling building we peer directly down the rabbit hole and catch a glimpse of the world-without-us-to-come. this vantage point articulates in advance the moment when we become off-center. as it stands, some of us are already over-qualified to imagine the future we deserve. and so we stage sit-ins on broken fences. soon we will straddle these fences and ride them off into the sunset.

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just as vast and terrifying – and infinitely more beautiful – is the space which we cannot conceive. here, nothing exists but a expectant emptiness; a post-apocalyptic-modernism. this is our window into ourselves, where substitution and nomination combine to illuminate the need for clean lines and smooth surfaces. an organism is more effective when it knows its own internal order and our survival depends on arriving in time to anticipate and appraise an out-of-body resolution.

although we have ceased to question our structural integrity, the impulse to dig our heels in still takes precedence. in the post-anthropocene our aura will persist in the left-over objects of cultural production. it is in the lush valleys of our extinction where we will finally embrace the beauty of perpetual surrender. once fully co-opted, our M2M systems will generate the new imprint of things. like ozymandias, our passions will survive but for the lifeless desert.

and still plutarch’s question remains: if we manage to replace every decaying monolith with something new, will we still be able to call it what it once was? if, at the moment of our becoming, a dissolution is already underway, then what could we ever have deemed stable enough to be called ‘present’? in this world we are either a crazed ersatz species for future technologies, or critical placeholders of the past.

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Text by Alex Bowron

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Selected Artwork

Jacob Whibleyall we ever needed was each other (instinctively playing the leads), 2015Powder coated steel. Blue: 41 x 37 x 0.25 in., Orange: 40 x 70 x 0.25 in., Yellow: 33 x 72 x 0.25 in.

Jacob Whibley
all we ever needed was each other (instinctively playing the leads)
, 2015
Powder coated steel. Blue: 41 x 37 x 0.25 in., Orange: 40 x 70 x 0.25 in., Yellow: 33 x 72 x 0.25 in.

Jacob Whibleybetween you, me, and our echo, 2015powder coated steel, paper on panel, 3d printed bronze. 35.625 x 45.75 x 1.5 in. unframed

Jacob Whibley
between you, me, and our echo
, 2015
powder coated steel, paper on panel, 3d printed bronze. 35.625 x 45.75 x 1.5 in.

Jacob Whibleyétat d'attente (abri), 2015Found metal, 3d printed wood, acrylic paint. 9 x 6 x 5 in.

Jacob Whibley
état d’attente (abri)
, 2015
Found metal, 3d printed wood, acrylic paint. 9 x 6 x 5 in.

Jacob Whibleyétat d'attente (soutien), 2015Found metal, 3d printed wood, acrylic paint. 6.5 x 6 x 3.5 in.

Jacob Whibley
état d’attente (soutien)
, 2015
Found metal, 3d printed wood, acrylic paint. 6.5 x 6 x 3.5 in.

Jacob Whibleyétat d'attente (rollange), 2015Found metal, 3d printed wood, acrylic paint. 2.25 x 13 x 4 in.

Jacob Whibley
état d’attente (rollange)
, 2015
Found metal, 3d printed wood, acrylic paint. 2.25 x 13 x 4 in.

Jacob Whibley are you enjoying your walk/work, 2015 Inkjet photograph mounted to aluminum with mounted laser etched plexiglass cover. 13.5 x 27 in. unframed.

Jacob Whibley
are you enjoying your walk/work
, 2015
Inkjet photograph mounted to aluminum with mounted laser etched plexiglass cover. 13.5 x 27 in. unframed.

Jacob Whibley i miss you so much, 2015 Inkjet photograph mounted to aluminum with mounted laser etched plexiglass cover. 13.5 x 27 in. unframed.

Jacob Whibley
i miss you so much
, 2015
Inkjet photograph mounted to aluminum with mounted laser etched plexiglass cover. 13.5 x 27 in. unframed.

Jacob Whibley silent butler, 2015 Inkjet photograph mounted to aluminum with mounted laser etched plexiglass cover. 13.5 x 27 in. unframed.

Jacob Whibley
silent butler
, 2015
Inkjet photograph mounted to aluminum with mounted laser etched plexiglass cover. 13.5 x 27 in. unframed.

Jacob Whibleyi was wondering if we could do some future business, 2015Inkjet photograph mounted to aluminum with mounted laser etched plexiglass cover. 13.5 x 27 in. unframed.

Jacob Whibley
i was wondering if we could do some future business
, 2015
Inkjet photograph mounted to aluminum with mounted laser etched plexiglass cover. 13.5 x 27 in. unframed.

Jacob Whibleyinferstructure (.=/), 2015Laser etched watercolour paper. 18 x 24 in. unframed, 22.75 x 29 in. framed.

Jacob Whibley
inferstructure (.=/), 2015
Laser etched watercolour paper. 18 x 24 in. unframed, 22.75 x 29 in. framed.

Jacob Whibleyinferstructure (xxx), 2015Laser etched watercolour paper. 18 x 24 in. unframed, 22.75 x 29 in. framed.

Jacob Whibley
inferstructure (xxx), 2015
Laser etched watercolour paper. 18 x 24 in. unframed, 22.75 x 29 in. framed.

Jacob Whibleyinferstructure (.\|), 2015Laser etched watercolour paper. 18 x 24 in. unframed, 22.75 x 29 in. framed.

Jacob Whibley
inferstructure (.\|), 2015
Laser etched watercolour paper. 18 x 24 in. unframed, 22.75 x 29 in. framed.

Jacob Whibley xyz-, 2015 Mixed media. 5.5 x 8 in. unframed, 11.25 x 14 in. framed.

Jacob Whibley
xyz-
, 2015
Mixed media. 5.5 x 8 in. unframed, 11.25 x 14 in. framed.

Jacob Whibleyofd, 2015Mixed media. 5.5 x 8 in. unframed

Jacob Whibley
ofd
, 2015
Mixed media. 5.5 x 8 in. unframed,
11.25 x 14 in. framed.

Jacob Whibley emn, 2015 Mixed media. 5.5 x 8 in. unframed

Jacob Whibley
emn-
, 2015
Mixed media. 5.5 x 8 in. unframed,
11.25 x 14 in. framed.

Jacob Whibley vod-, 2015 Mixed media. 5.5 x 8 in. unframed

Jacob Whibley
vod-
, 2015
Mixed media. 5.5 x 8 in. unframed

Jacob Whibley ock, 2015 Mixed media. 5.5 x 8 in. unframed

Jacob Whibley
ock-
, 2015
Mixed media. 5.5 x 8 in. unframed

Jacob Whibley umc-, 2015 Mixed media. 5.5 x 8 in. unframed

Jacob Whibley
umc-
, 2015
Mixed media. 5.5 x 8 in. unframed