Jennifer Byrnes / Negative Forty / Reception

  • ARTiculations 2928 Dundas Street West Toronto, ON, M6P 1Y8 Canada

Show runs May 1st-15th, Reception May 11

Vast and powerful while detailed and delicate, Jennifer Byrnes series of prints’ offer varying perspectives and approaches to landscapes both natural and, perhaps, somewhere beyond. Through the  laborious and historically expansive process of copper plate printmaking, the artist explores and expands upon the relationship between natural and geometric forms and ratio. Ink pools and holds in the sunken areas of Byrnes’ incised lines on the copper to create, curiously and conversely, scenes unbound by the limitations of reality or physical grounding. Mountains float and hover tied through delicate light lines. As worlds are inverted and mirrored in mythical, spiritual visions and scenes.  Like the artist’s process itself, we are reminded about the delicate balance between opposites- lightness and weight. Telling of the artist’s interest in the concept of infinity, perhaps if something is both positive and negative concurrently it simply floats on forever.

Byrnes is a recent graduate of the University of Waterloo BFA Program and a winner of the 2016 Thesis Award Show. 

About The Thesis Award Show
 The Thesis Award Show is a collaboration between ARTiculationsGraven Feather Studio andAkin Collective in support of graduating post secondary students. In early 2016 a call was sent out across the Province for applications in search of students demonstrating a coherent body of work unique in both concept and execution. Overwhelmed by the response, we extend a huge thank you to all of the applicants and congratulate this year's winners, Annunziata Morant& Jennifer Byrnes for their achievements. In addition to solo exhibitions, Morant & Byrnes each received studio credit with Akin Collective as part of the award.