Art Gallery of Sudbury | Galerie d'art de Sudbury
251 rue John St.
Jay Dart’s public exhibition Greeting from Yawnder! invites you on an original journey that explores the production and dissemination of the creative process. On this journey, viewers are introduced to the artist’s fictional world known as Yawnder, which is made of Magical Mystery Beards, Foredad Clouds, and Geist Trees. Viewers will also become acquainted with characters from Yawnder (such as Barry the Mannalo and Dart’s alter-ego Jiggs), which will act as guides on the path of discovering authentic inspiration and ideas. As these peculiar characters wander through the canvases of Yawnder, a bigger narrative begins to form and deep levels of detail start to emerge.
The story-telling approach that Dart uses to engage viewers takes them on a journey with no end or destination in sight. The sparsity of the design encourages the viewer to compensate with details from their own mind. “In this exhibition, I encourage you to participate in the world of Yawnder not only through the imagery and installations but also by participating in the activities so that you too can experience the wonders to which I have been privy. Or not. It’s up to you – what you find entertaining.” –Jay Dart, artist. An idealized Canadiana-style is embedded into his work. Dart’s characters and landscapes take on a more traditional sense of imagery where we see loggers, hot air balloons, wooden ladders, log cabins, barns, and silos.
“As an artist, Dart sees the experience of inspiration as a private process with the internal ingestion of external influences taking place, and new ideas taking shape. The world Dart has created allows him to communicate his own challenges and exploits as a visual artist, as well as connect with the universal experiences of all creators.” – Sonya Jones, RMG Curator. The exhibition features more than 21 drawings and ten mixed media pieces, a vitrine glass installation, and interactive activities that persuade visitors to wander through the magical landscapes of Yawnder, becoming part of both the story and the creative process.