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Exhibition Opening: Jillian Kay Ross 'Most Dogs Go to Heaven' and Svea Ferguson 'Self-Exposures'

Jillian Kay Ross - Most Dogs Go to Heaven

The Pope declared all dogs go to Heaven in December 2014.

It can't be true, there are some dogs that are not good dogs.

It's possible he meant to say "Most Dogs Go To Heaven" - assuming that there are dogs that bark and bite, how can they go to Heaven?

Maybe they just stay here on earth until they are better and can get up there. If you have a good dog it was probably someone's bad dog once. Maybe all dogs do eventually go.

When the Pope reassured a young boy that he would be reunited with his dog in the afterlife, nobody thought to question whether the boy would end up in Heaven as well.

In late 2015, I learned that this widely reported story was false. It was originally published as a short article in an Italian newspaper, and the fabricated story gained traction as it was repeated. I think everyone was hesitant to discredit it because it made us all feel safe.

I get this, I reassure myself all the time.

"Most Dogs go to Heaven" is an exhibition of paintings that function together as a collection of reassurances. The individual images, removed and re-purposed from their original contexts can be newly arranged to build a fictional narrative. The works become sacrifices for our collective stability.

Division Gallery is proud to present Calgary-based artist Svea Ferguson’s first solo exhibition with the gallery.

Ferguson plies and molds her chosen material, industrial flooring, testing its ability to contain and be contained by new forms. The curvature of Ferguson’s sculptural work draws comparisons to contrappostos and figure serpentinate, idealized Renaissance postures of strength and resistance. Like those strained bodies, Ferguson’s sculptures are caught between moments of unraveling and materializing; wound tightly, we half expect them to resist their compacted pressure and twirl undone. At the same time, these sculptures’ shell-like forms recall the fluid drapery that cloak antiquated figures. By comparison, Ferguson here trades in excavated marble for a superficial layer of densified synthetic stone.