GARDEN AVENUE
secret location
Rooftop garden, Parkdale Toronto

IN MY FAITH THERE IS LOVING AND
DRINKING AND LOOKING AT THE SUN
AS MUCH AS YOU LIKE

Garden Avenue is a summer long exhibition project initiated by Jennifer Carvalho, Aryen Hoekstra, Ella Dawn McGeough, and Colin Miner. Occurring monthly May - August, 2015, each of them has proposed a loose thematic around which they have invited artists to participate. Garden Avenue’s fourth and final iteration, IN MY FAITH THERE IS LOVING AND DRINKING AND LOOKING AT THE SUN AS MUCH AS YOU LIKE*, was proposed by McGeough. Participating artists include:Helen Cho, Ashley Culver, FASTWÜRMS, Jordy Hamilton, Kelly Jazvac, Neil Klassen, Maryse Lariviere, Sandra Meigs, and Faith La Rocque.

**
Everything has gone from the world,
The world has become empty again.
Human animal.
Humanity animality.
Everything has gone from the world,
I don’t see anything now.
All that I see is
My imagination.
**

Both passages were found in WELCOME TO THE SPIRITUAL KINGDOM OF ANIMALS, an essay by Slavoj Zizek for Purple Magazine. Here, Zizek explores the entwined histories of nationalism, violence, propaganda, and poetry to conclude that "Violence needs poetry to become palpable for the people who practice it, and poetry also needs and practices violence but a radically different one. The real violence of terrorizing and torturing people needs a poetry that deprives it of its horror and transforms it into a sublime ethical (patriotic) act. Poetic violence targets and undermines the very sublime greatness of patriotic and other ideological myths, which serve to legitimize real violence."
Like Zizek's poetic violence, the sun exposes justifications, lack of perspective, and our affection for being subsumed by a higher power. With glaring clarity it announces that the days we live in are collapsing under the density of its own presence. Summer has just begun and we are in free fall:

 
 
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