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Jordan Loeppky-Kolesnik: Against Enclosure

Jordan Loeppky-Kolesnik assembles their latest public sculpture, Against Enclosure, at 1515 Rue-Sainte-Catherine in Montreal.Against Enclosure is a new public art project by Jordan Loeppky-Kolesnik, created for the courtyard of FOFA Gallery in downtown Montreal, and on view from June to September 2022. The work’s central form is a U-shaped wooden canopy, taking inspiration from a form of courtyard architecture called a peristyle, a meandering balcony wrapping around an interior courtyard of a building. The sculpture breaks from traditional peristyle by being three-sided, mimicking the form of the FOFA courtyard which is open on one side to rue Sainte-Catherine. In doing so, it explores the paradoxical nature of this form: the feeling of sanctuary and intimacy it creates, but also its legacy of land seizure, class dominance, and colonial violence. The explicit exhortation contained in the title – being against enclosure – asserts that common access to land should be revived in the tradition of public commons.

 

Jordan was a 2018 Dedalus Foundation MFA Fellow in Painting and Sculpture, and was among the first group of past fellows to receive a grant for ongoing support in 2022.

 

Loeppky Kolesnik Install

Jordan Loeppky-Kolesnik assembles their latest public sculpture, Against Enclosure, at 1515 Rue-Sainte-Catherine in Montreal.Against Enclosure is a new public art project by Jordan Loeppky-Kolesnik, created for the courtyard of FOFA Gallery in downtown Montreal, and on view from June to September 2022. The work’s central form is a U-shaped wooden canopy, taking inspiration from a form of courtyard architecture called a peristyle, a meandering balcony wrapping around an interior courtyard of a building. The sculpture breaks from traditional peristyle by being three-sided, mimicking the form of the FOFA courtyard which is open on one side to rue Sainte-Catherine. In doing so, it explores the paradoxical nature of this form: the feeling of sanctuary and intimacy it creates, but also its legacy of land seizure, class dominance, and colonial violence. The explicit exhortation contained in the title – being against enclosure – asserts that common access to land should be revived in the tradition of public commons.

 

Jordan was a 2018 Dedalus Foundation MFA Fellow in Painting and Sculpture, and was among the first group of past fellows to receive a grant for ongoing support in 2022.