Light Divisions

Jenny Lin

March 14–May 1, 2022
Curated by Ronald Rose-Antoinette

Part four of Crossings: Itineraries of Encounter lightbox series

Jenny Lin, The dream, 2022. Courtesy the artist.

Jenny Lin’s Light Divisions are four monochrome drawings that document moments in waking life and in dream life. Details of different events emerge from somewhat abstract and ambiguous renderings—a spider in a stairwell, caterpillars and a half-chewed leaf, a worried face, hands, and silhouetted figures. Echoing a comic book format, Lin experiments with the visual narrative sequence by splitting scenes into multiple panels, using uneven margins, and layering imagery. Her use of different line thicknesses and techniques of shading, blending, and smudging graphite create texture and movement that yield a pensive and disorienting reading of the works.

In his curatorial text titled Selva Oscura: Drawing the Dark with Jenny Lin, a reference to the opening of Dante’s Inferno and that translates as dark forest, Ronald Rose-Antoinette ruminates on Lin’s latest works. In a stream of consciousness writing style, he expresses his grapple with introducing Light Divisions in pursuit of fittingly capturing its experience and affect:

“Somewhere towards the end of Those Artificial Moons I saw that two is also three, in concrescence (…) Did the blackness of your hand suddenly decide to erode what it had previously uncovered?” If only there was some fact, somebody to be found intact within. As anticipated, the preliminary (wannabe body) outgrew itself with her reply: “Rip and give yourself back”. That, I kept turning over and over in my hands, just as I looked at the nights she and I drew in. “How much did the tides have to prepare to make these fractals look so unprepared?”

Selva Oscura and Light Divisions reflect one another as they both demonstrate ways of processing the world, interior and exterior, conscious and subconscious.

Visit the Blackwood website for the full curatorial text, artist’s bio, documentation, and resources. Parallel programs and interpretative video tours with Educator-in-Residence Shalon T. Webber-Heffernan will be released throughout the series.

Respondent Program

Across the six-part lightbox series Crossings: Itineraries of Encounter, each curator activates a Respondent Program that brings a practitioner into dialogue with an image set. The Blackwood is pleased to welcome graphic designer, educator, and community organizer Kevin Yuen Kit Lo to respond to Light Divisions through the creation of a digital illustration.

Attunement Sessions

Facilitated by Educator-in-Residence Shalon T. Webber-Heffernan, six interdisciplinary practitioners have been invited to develop an Attunement Session that responds to an image set with prompts that challenge viewers to open new ways of understanding what we see. Each of these sessions offer pedagogic tools to assist audiences with “tuning-in” by means of embodiment, perception, texture, joy, meditation, encounter, touch, intimacy, sound, intuition, or other senses. In the fourth session, artist and certified yoga, meditation, and sound practitioner Kiko will create a guided audio meditation and sound bath in response to Jenny Lin’s drawings. Through listening to our inhabited spaces with a greater sense of awareness, this attunement session will open new perspectives and connections.

Visit the Blackwood Gallery website for responses and educational resources throughout Crossings: Itineraries of Encounter.

About Crossings: Itineraries of Encounter
A six-part lightbox series

September 13, 2021–August 28, 2022

Photo: Toni Hafkenscheid

Artists: Golnar Adili, Asinnajaq & Camille Georgeson-Usher, Nydia Blas, Widline Cadet, Michèle Pearson Clarke, Jasmine Clarke, Azadeh Elmizadeh, Ali Eyal, Emily Jacir, Jenny Lin, Morris Lum, Sydney Frances Pickering, Walid Raad, Zineb Sedira, Ayesha Singh, and more to be announced.

Curatorial Consortium: Amin Alsaden, Noor Bhangu, Letticia Cosbert Miller, Ronald Rose-Antoinette, Becca Taylor, Ellyn Walker

Educator-in-Residence: Shalon T. Webber-Heffernan

Over the course of spring-summer 2021, a group of independent curators met during a series of working sessions to curate a public lightbox program on the UTM campus for the 2021–2022 academic year. The Curatorial Consortium fosters a unique connective and dialogical space in which to hold commonalities, in an effort to think together through negotiating differences. The resulting program, Crossings: Itineraries of Encounter, responds to this exercise in collaborative composition while honouring the independent thinking that makes group work possible—at a moment when the need to protect independent thought and academic freedom (within and beyond the university) is both palpable and deeply urgent.

For the full curatorial statement, please visit the Blackwood website.

The Blackwood gratefully acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, and the University of Toronto Mississauga. We would also like to acknowledge the support of the University of Toronto affinity partners: Manulife, MBNA, and TD Insurance.

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Please note: The Blackwood’s gallery spaces are currently closed to the public. Crossings: Itineraries of Encounter is FREE and open to the public, and accessible 24 hours a day in four outdoor lightboxes across UTM campus. Some movement throughout the campus is required—ramps and curb cuts are in place.

Please respect social distancing protocols while on campus.

Image descriptions: 1) 12 square comic-like panels fill the image against a gestural drawing in black graphite. The panels are organized into three rows that are left-justified on the image and comprised of four panels in the top row, three panels in the middle row, and five panels in the bottom row. Culminating in a dreamlike narrative, the sequence is composed of a shower, a faucet, running water, a bag, a dog, a hand on a shoulder, and a close-up framing of a person’s face. 2) An empty lightbox on UTM campus is photographed at dusk. The oversized, horizontal-format lightbox hangs on a concrete wall along a walkway, with a courtyard in the background.