Calaboose is pleased to present Red Sky at Morning, featuring the work of Marlon Kroll (Montreal, Quebec), Catherine Telford Keogh (Toronto, Ontario), and Joani Tremblay (Montreal, Quebec).
U:L:O: 2019 | L: Calaboose
Red Sky at Morning
Marlon Kroll, Catherine Telford Keogh, Joani Tremblay
July 5 – July 28, 2019
Interstate Projects, NY, Brooklyn
Referencing an age-old maritime rhyme, the exhibition offers a speculative meditation on the evolving relationship between humans and water in the wake of climate change. As rising sea levels become an increasing threat to New York City, Red Sky at Morning is a premonition; a near future where neighborhoods submerge as tides ebb and flow over basketball courts, apartment complexes, and bookshops.
Kroll’s interest in cyclical systems and hydrophobia emerge in new illustration, sound, and sculpture. Fans are found in Climate Control (2019) depicting a fictitious geoengineering project designed to lower the Earth’s temperature by evaporating water at a cosmic scale. Rendered here as science fiction, Climate Control mimics real-life “solutions” to climate change currently under development. These fans are heard in Vapour Room (2019), a closed door emanating a sound collage and a red glow.
Telford Keogh’s sculptures exist as cross-sections of capitalist ruin. Dill pickles, Q-tips, hot peppers and Dial soap, among other items, are suspended in an engorged pool, reflecting accelerated habits of consumption and disposal. On the West wall, layers of images and text are tinted by chemical detergents. Encased, these everyday objects become relics of another epoch. Equally confined, Demeter XAquaBrickX (2019), houses Kroger® Red Delicious Apple scaffolds cut into alphabet letters containing MCF-7 mammary cancer cells transfected with jellyfish DNA, drawing our sensitivities towards the development of new chimeric-chthonic entities at the micro level. Layering deep oceanic and cold concrete tones, Tremblay’s works of oil on linen trace an unsettling harmony between the manufactured and the natural. As these material worlds collide, new and polluted landscapes emerge where labels and styrofoam packaging coexist with mutating flora, fossils, and frogs. Her paintings forecast the developing textures of plant and animal species as they adapt to harsh meteorological changes.
Calaboose (Montreal, Canada) – Calaboose is a nomadic curatorial project by artist Garrett Lockhart and writer Danica Pinteric. Presently in a converted carriage house in Montreal, Quebec, Calaboose has mounted exhibitions, offsites, and special projects since its formation in late 2017. In the Fall of 2019, Calaboose will relocate to Amsterdam and continue mounting exhibitions somewhere along the Dutch countryside.
U:L:O: is a curatorial program that invites three curators over a four week period to organize a show in one of the three spaces at Interstate Projects, Upper(U:), Lower(L:), and Outside(O:). 2019 participating curators include: Museum Gallery (New York), Calaboose (Montreal), Sinkhole Project (Baltimore).
Marlon Kroll's studio practice proposes that we should think of life as a form of drawing, as a means to be more deliberate and thoughtful with our daily actions. Working with the vernacular of our possessions and surroundings, his work is a form of speculative anthropology, tracing the uncanny connections between things and forms, and documenting what they say about us. His work is a diary of the ways things seem to bleed into each other, becoming one amorphous and indistinguishable terror. He hopes that by tracing those echoes and similarities & exposing their patterns, their reverberations might quiet. He is interested in finding the truth, but also how its determined. His work is romantic, but with a serious face.
Catherine Telford Keogh holds an MFA in Sculpture from Yale School of Art where she received the Fannie B. Pardee Prize and an MA in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies from Yale. Selected exhibitions include, Seattle Art Museum, Washington; Bronx Museum, NYC; Galerie Antoine Ertaskiran, Montreal; Vox Populi, Pennsylvania; Greenpoint Film Festival, Brooklyn, NYC. Recent solo exhibitions include FLAT FOOD at Roberta Palen, Toronto; Source Supplements at Evans Contemporary, Peterborough; SoftFocus® at Planet Storage/Bunker 2, Toronto; and Dental Dam at UWAG, Waterloo. Telford Keogh is a current artist-in-residence at the Pelling Laboratory for Augmented Biology at the University of Ottawa exploring cell growth in synthetic sculptural environments with support from the Canada Council for the Arts, Toronto Arts Council and Ontario Arts Council. She lives and works in Toronto.
Joani Tremblay holds an MFA in Studio Arts from Concordia University (2017) and was the recipient of the Vladimir J. Elgart Graduate Scholarship and the Quebec Master Research Fellowship, FRQSC. Tremblay's work has been shown in solo exhibitions notably in Los Angeles (Kantor LA), Stockholm (Pony Sugar), New York City (NADA NY), Tokyo (3331 Arts Chiyoda), Edmonton (Latitude 53), Toronto (Zalucky Contemporary) and in group exhibitions notably in Los Angeles (00-LA), Romania (Bucharest Art Week), Denver (Dateline Gallery), Mexico City (Material Art Fair), Montreal (Parisian Laundry) and has upcoming exhibitions at Interstate Projects in Brooklyn and Asya Geisberg Gallery in New York, both in July 2019. In 2017 and 2018, she was a finalist for the RBC Painting Competition. She has participated in residencies in Los Angeles, Berlin and Tokyo, and has an upcoming residency at The New York Art Residency and Studios Foundation (NARS) in New York and at White Leaves Residency in New Mexico, both in 2020. She is the recipient of numerous grants, the most recent of which is The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation (2018). She is the former Co-founder/ Co-director of Projet Pangée (Montreal) (2015-2018), an artist project space in Montreal.