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Julie Jenkinson is British-born artist and designer based in Toronto.


“The irrepressibility of suggested form, movement and life in Jenkinson’s abstract constructions continues with the animated quality of her charming “Poppy Table” which appears ready to walk away on its three legs.” — David Jager

Inspired by early mid century modern design and industrial forms, “The Poppy Table” is constructed from wood and steel. The prototype and first signed editions are now available at Inabstracto, 1160 Queen Street West, Toronto.

Handmade in Canada, 2019.
22″ diameter x 24 in high.

It Starts Out Rough

January 16-26, 2020
VERSO Gallery @Inabstracto
1160 Queen Street West Toronto
Opening reception January 16, 6-8 pm.

Julie Jenkinson follows her last show of sculpture at VERSO Gallery @Inbstracto with recent work, extending her exploration of found industrial materials into bold new territory. Relying always on her innate ability to tease out the alluring qualities of materials some would call abject (or rough), her deft powers of juxtaposition never fail to create hybrid and multiple assemblages that fairly radiate with totemic power. 

As always, her work plays on our perception of objects in ways that elicit surprise while simultaneously harkening back to some intangible ground of recognition. Despite the establishment of certain inalienable rules (the continued use of deep matte black for much of the material, for instance), her evocative range is astonishing. Some of these pieces could be the religious fetishes of a post-apocalyptic future tribe, others could be cool high modernist studies of pure form, while still others could be antique tools or toys from the early industrial era. As such, her constructions are unmoored in time. 

There is also a keen conceptual logic at play. Her assemblages, for instance, are continuously haunted by the idea of the repeated and the multiple. Her line of doll legs, “Y8”, mounted in a line begs the philosophical questions: ‘what is it that distinguishes the individual from the set’?  It also begs the question of how figures are repeated in time. For her series of legs could very well be a three dimensional film strip of motion, the iteration of a cycle of movement. 

In fact, Jenkinson’s grasp of individual perception often lends the quality of inherent motion or ‘aliveness’ to her works. Much as the mass of a hanging coat in the corner of your eye can evoke a moving figure, many of Jenkinson’s objects are bundles of barely contained kinetic energy. The piano action barges, “The Fleet”, appear ready to glide off towards the horizon, and her compact Russian ‘speedboat’, “The Russian”, already appears to be vibrating in mid zip. 

These qualities of implied motion and life also expose our perceptual suggestibility concerning objects in general. Under scrutiny, Jenkinson’s ‘boats’ only resemble true sea vessels in the broadest, most general details: the speedboat is an antique iron. Yet they are boats in motion, unmistakably. This irrepressibility of suggested form, movement and life continues with the animated quality of her charming “Poppy Table” which appears ready to walk away on its three legs. 

This transmutative quality persists in the pieces involving doll faces and puppet molds. Here the unmistakable imprint of the human and doll like edges into the surreal. Yet Jenkinson tempers this new sculptural element with blunt industrial elements. Her boy doll, fitted with wooden plugs for limbs, hovers uncomfortably between manufactured thing and anthropomorphic presence. It’s as if her flirtation with the boundary between the inert and the living has approached some internal limit.
— David Jager

Continued Existence Exhibition

Solo Sculpture Exhibition
by Julie Jenkinson
Opening: November 8, 6-9 pm
November 8 – 22, 2018 — EXTENDED UNTIL DECEMBER 2nd.

“When finding salvaged objects there is rarely a specific intention for their end use. Rather, there’s a feeling, a pull, an inherent pulse and intuition for their Continued Existence within a new abstract construction.” – Julie Jenkinson

View the collection:

VERSO Gallery @ Inabstracto
1160 Queen Street West Toronto

XXX  A very special thank you to Kate Eisen and Joel Robson,
(for everything). XXX





Chatte Chatte Dans La Nuit at Cutler and Gross

September 2018 – Luxury British eyewear brand Cutler and Gross is proud to feature, once again, Julie Jenkinson, with a presentation of “Chatte Chatte Dans La Nuit” in the Toronto store, as part of Cutler and Gross Visionaires.

The Visionaires series encompasses a range of collaborations between Cutler and Gross and artistic and creative talents, whether new, emerging or famous, who have the personality, creative vision and intelligent style to help us all see the world differently.

About “Chatte Chatte Dans La Nuit”

“When finding salvaged objects there is rarely a specific intention for their end use. There’s a feeling, a pull, an inherent pulse and intuition for their “Continued Existence”* within a new abstract construction.”

Jenkinson has taken salvaged steel springs from a 1960’s love seat, and transformed them into an abstract sculpture containing twenty-seven hand-painted feline eyes on light bulbs.

Not only do the springs happen to be a perfect framework for Jenkinson’s obsession with multiples and repetition, but the sleek vertical lens of the nocturnal feline predator provides a competitive edge at night-time, which happens to be an ideal pairing for Cutler and Gross’s front display project overlapping with Toronto’s Nuit Blanche.

This installation will be up till the end of November 2018.

To view “Chatte Chatte Dans La Nuit” complemented by Cutler and Gross eyewear, visit Cutler and Gross, 758 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON, M6J 1E9