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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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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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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

'La fuite et l’enveloppe' by Maxime Bichon at Treignac Projet, Treignac

'The Man-Servant' by Manuel Cornelius and Georg Thanner at Nails projectroom, Due

'Wrought Bundle' by Garrett Lockhart at Afternoon Projects, Vancouver

'Heavy Middle' by Thomas Moor at Stiftung BINZ39, Zurich

'The Alchemist' by Matyáš Chochola at Gossamer Fog, London

'Ich und mein Modell' by Cosima zu Knyphausen at Stadium, Berlin

'WALLWERK', Group Show at Nir Altman, Munich

'Chagrin de merde' by Angélique Aubrit, Ludovic Beillard, Hugo Dinër at Etablisse

'From Larva to Ghost' by Victor Gogly at Light-harvesting Complex, Vantaa

Transformella (aLifveForm fed and cared for by JP Raether) in Cinis’ Forking [4.4

'Today could be your day', Group Show Curated by Ali A. Maderuelo and Julia Caste

'God Is in the Details', Group Show Curated by Reilly Davidson at Super Dutchess,

'ANGEL' by Kaspar Müller at NICO, Bari

'Barren Oracle, Breath of Cinders' by Urbain Checcaroni & Hanna Umin, Presented b

'The Garden of my hopes' by Olga Krykun feat. Milica Mijajlovic at Zadní dvorek,

Misunderstanding as a tool. Michele Gabriele in conversation with Zoë de Luca

'Sleep No More', Group Show Curated by Fiona Vilmer & Liza Maignan at Placement P

'Due Pitture Seleniche: paludi xx, Una Fontanaper Lulu' by Alan Stefanato organiz

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