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'envoi', a Group Show at SIBLING, Toronto

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Garrett Lockhart, Peace, Freedom, Happiness, 2018
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Garrett Lockhart, Peace, Freedom, Happiness (detail), 2018
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Garrett Lockhart, Misty rose, 2019
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Garrett Lockhart, Misty rose (detail), 2019
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Sara Kay Maston, Ground, 2019
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Sara Kay Maston, Sky, 2018-19
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Parker Kay, I WROTE A NOTE BEHIND THE WALL, 2019
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Parker Kay, A shipwreck Seen From the Air, 2019
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Parker Kay, A Desire Guide for Inverted Mountains, 2019
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Garrett Lockhart, Little sunflower, 2019
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Garrett Lockhart, Untitled, 2019
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Garrett Lockhart, Untitled, 2019
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Garrett Lockhart, Untitled (detail), 2019
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Parker Kay, Second Lake Island Struck by Lightning, 2019
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Parker Kay, Second Lake Island Struck by Lightning (detail), 2019
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Parker Kay, Jeanette Island, 2019
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Parker Kay, Jeanette Island (detail), 2019
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Parker Kay, The Lighthouse, 2019
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Parker Kay, This Union is Pliable, 2019
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Garrett Lockhart, So much hope I can give, 2019

a short stanza concluding a poem, serving as a dedication or postscript to a prose composition. Or, “the envoi served as a commentary on the preceding stanzas, either reinforcing or ironically undercutting the message of the poem.”

In Ursula K. Le Guin’s The Left Hand of Darkness, an envoy is sent from Terra to another planet, which they refer to as Winter, in hopes of swaying them to join into an existing confederation of planets. Before arriving the envoy spends years learning their language and customs for the maybe obvious reason of avoiding offense. In response Winter receives the envoy and offers certain comforts before the slow and long process of negotiating their presence and solicitations. This exchange is much like the ancient Greek custom of xenia: to unexpected travellers you would show niceties and good faith before asking who they were or how they arrived on your shores or whether they had a plot. Ceremony before purpose. As is with the envoi. The initial contact is the poem, the aesthetic object or gesture, whereas the envoi is the belated plea, the intent that is sometimes only scarcely disguised by its lead. The envoi can be an audacious concession of how the aesthetic often fails to neatly arrive at the point. And yet, synchronously, it reinforces its platform, because, of course, the envoi does not exist without the poem. It is so that the failure to be explicit does not define the aesthetic as a failure at all. Or that sometimes decorum is just foreplay.

> Here the pleas vary, surfacing from different species, vocalities, intimacies. To me, there is a hopeful deterioration that says something about the atemporal drift I feel stuck in. Like living in the split between the before and the after of some decisive (and I can’t help but think cataclysmic) event, still obscured from view.

— Kate Kolberg

17.3.19 — 13.4.19

Sara Kay Maston, Garrett Lockhart, Parker Kay

Curated by Kate Kolberg

SIBLING

'The Host' by Pakui Hardware at eastcontemporary, Milan

'Chlamydomonas Nivalis' by Alberto Tadiello at Umberto Di Marino Gallery, Napoli

'The Centre' by Patrick Cole and Dominic Watson at Kupfer, London

'Ghost Member: Prosthesis/ Symbiosis as a shelter' by Naomi Maury at L'Assaut de

'I show you the signs of life' by Alina Izmaylova at Kerka gallery, Saint-Petersb

'I Don't Want No Trouble' by Lucas Erin at All Stars, Lausanne

'The Grime and the Schmutz' by Béla Feldberg at Jo-Anne, Frankfurt am Main

'Night of Hinnā' by Monia Ben Hamouda at Bungalow, ChertLüdde, Berlin

'Getting Down to Business' by Rebecca Rothenborg at Galerie Roland Puschitz, Vien

'Why Me?' by Pietro Agostoni at Associazione Barriera, Turin

'Holloway - ‘Das Gift’ is a Gift' by Céline Struger at Loggia, Vienna

'Under the Moon' Group Show at Camp Eternal Hell Chamber, New York

'SUPER-NATURAL', Group Show at OLHÃO, São Paulo

'Body Electric' by Zuza Golinska at Galerie Anton Janizewski, Berlin

'Almost Collapsing Balance' by Liao Wen at Capsule Shanghai

Curated by: 'HARDCORE FREEDOM' by Esben Weile Kjær at Zeller van Almsick, Vienna

anonymous, naïve ca. 1970– at Money Gallery, Saint Petersburg

'Real Life Shoes', Group Show at Atelierhaus Klingental, Basel

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