David John Foy and Jennifer Saleik are best known to art audiences as DaveandJenn, a name they adopted in 2004 as students at the Alberta College of Art + Design. Their joint practice is based in painting, sculpture and installation, with a superstructural interest in what they describe as a long view of both human and natural histories, together with the more closed-off realms of private spectacles and inner landscapes.
For their first solo exhibition at the AGA, the artists continue what curator Kristy Trinier refers to as their never-ending, always developing mythological tableaux vivant of two figurative sculptures (Euphoria and The Archer) in dialogue with a salon-style constellation of paintings.
Those new to the work of DaveandJenn can expect a world as expressive and narratively complex as those of mid-career Canadians David Altmejd, Valérie Blass, Shary Boyle and Geoffrey Farmer. However, what distinguishes DaveandJenn from their contemporaries is their uncanny layering of paint and clear resin a material innovation that parallels the metaphorical weave that is central to their work.