found by jes sachse

Posted June 16, 2017

We are so excited to launch our inaugural Parkdale Artist Residency exhibit this week! Through found, artist jes sachse explores the visual language of accessibility in public space through the form of signage, and situates the signs in their exhibit in relationship to their current neighbourhood of Parkdale and the lost home and history of their family. Check it out for yourself in the gallery now until the end of July, and come out to the exhibit launch on Friday, June 23 at The Public for a special night with jes sachse in dialogue with their artist mentor Francisco-Fernando Granados.


jes sachse, 2017.

Take the TTC blue seat sideways
spot, back and forth,
into the mouth of no neighbourhoods,
stand in the big
large very big
large, and then come back home to familiar with tired
. Both Torontos. The great divide of in and out.
Is Toronto home? Is art home?

found is a mediation of what it means to Be Here and not be here.

Community facing displacement in a culpable city. What does it mean to contribute care into neighbourhood as a 2nd generation settler immigrant in this land? Of a family fleeing the genocide of a European state into the still silenced history of Canada’s, in one great big metropolis, the artist looks to translation and the sculptural space of signage as a space to speak poetry into institutionalized measures.

Using a landscape of aluminum and poly urethanes, the two colours and languages invoked in the diptych are in a fluid and reactionary relationship with each other. Helvaticized English occupies the signs that guide the movement of bodies in Toronto, in Parkdale, in temporary permissions of timed staying, yet refuses to speak directly to any one body. Even in disability blue, universal design sees the apparatus not the impetus. It misses talking to the precarity of a body and its labour, inextricably linked and overlapping. It misses translating care, in its translating of representation.

For the sachse, German is their lost language, connected to a lost history. The foreclosure of memory in intergenerational trauma and survival of a war inherited. It translates as ‘there you are’. It is a home lost and also held together in a ventricle. It tries to answer the isolating language of disability in the hollow adaptation of The Museum.

Inspired greatly by the personal paint colour legend of the late Mexican-German disabled artist Frida Kahlo, the two signs invoke her feelings for these colours.

“navy blue: distance….also tenderness can also be this blue”

“leaf green: leaves, sadness, science, the whole of Germany is this color”

—jes sachse

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