Take a doodle fer a ride or find a mystifying monument to ponder. Step right up, come see fer yerself: we’re now entering Beyawnder. – Jiggs
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For Within Beyawnder, Jay Dart created a site-specific experiential exhibition for a solo booth at Art Toronto. The drawings that were exhibited expand on the ongoing narrative in his work about a wanderer of a whimsical mindscape known as Yawnder as his alter-ego, Jiggs, continues to experiment in Beyawnder. As Dart continues to draw allegories for themes that straddle imagination and reality, this installation further obfuscates this division as viewers are immersed in his world through this encompassing landscape – a contiguous horizon line is used throughout all of the drawings and, on the wall in between the drawings, Dart has filled in the landscape in order to create a unified space that spans the entire exhibition booth.
“These days there is a lot of concerned dialogue about what’s real, what’s fake and the ramifications of ‘screen time.’ I purport to contribute to this conversation by creating a space that explores how we navigate between or integrate digital, physical and psychological realms. The setting for this experiential drawing exhibition is Beyawnder — a new part of the mindscape where the wanderers ponder and play among a strange assortment of abstractions whilst trying not to think about ‘that’ (you know what ‘that’ is, we all have it). The whole scene is reminiscent of an art fair where inspiration and a sense of wonder are abound for those with an open mind.” – Jay Dart
A selection of drawings from this series were exhibited at the Drawing Now art fair in Paris with Galerie Youn.