Breaking Circles, Broken Light

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© Courtesy of the artists and Narwhal Projects
Breaking Circles, Broken Light

2104 Dundas St W
Toronto, Ontario M6R 1W9
November 16th, 2012 - December 16th, 2012

Dundas West
Wed-Sat 12-6, Sun-Tues by appointment
works on paper, sculpture


Narwhal Projects presents Breaking Circles, Broken Light, Los Angeles-based artists Kozyndan’s fourth solo exhibition with the gallery. Prolific collaborators Kozyndan—partners Kozue and Dan Kitchens—are known for their beguiling drawings, prints, and sculptures that seduce through their facility with degrees of representation that shift from the photorealistic to the cartoonish, their gentle humour, wanton use of colour and sometimes haunting imagery.

Notorious zoophiles, for this show Kozyndan had initially planned to create a visual ode to those species of the animal world being lost to extinction. Early into the production of work for this exhibition, while visiting Hawaii, the artists encountered an enormous rainbow flexing over the ocean, its awe-inspiring scale anchoring it in the realm of the truly sublime. Kozyndan experienced this manifestation as philosopher Emmanuel Kant, in his The Critique of Judgment (1790) describes such ineffable apparitions as calling forth ideas of limitlessness and totality. Truly discombobulated, Kozyndan felt the need to try to address this sense in their new body of work.

Breaking Circles, Broken Light includes new sculptures and works on paper as a nuanced ode to taking delight in the beauty, form, and presence of the animals we live amongst, the myths we’ve formulated about them, and the joy they inspire. Yet the work is also heavy with the knowledge that the ties that bind us to animals, and the connections that hold us all together, are the same ones that humans are using to slowly strangle the life out of the world we share. In Leaving Encante , Amazon River boto dolphins are shown in their mythic form as shapeshifting ‘encantandos’ known to take human form and either beguile or terrify the people they encounter. In We Come Together To Make The World Fun! red pandas form a tight ring to conjure a spectral appearance out of the ether. Kozyndan beguile us with the gorgeous, charming, endangered, storied animals that populate these new works while simultaneously sounding a subtle and resonant call to action.