At Art Toronto, the Open Studio Print Sales Gallery will exhibit a selection of work by 20 artists represented by the gallery. Curated by Astrid Ho, the Open Studio Print Sales and Archive Manager, the featured artwork focuses on unconventional uses of printmaking, both in technique and imagery, in original prints by Canadian artists. The artists push the boundaries of printmaking and explore notions of the multiple image. Prices range from $500 to $4100.
Exhibiting artists: Mary Baranowski-Lowden, Sean Caulfield, Libby Hague, Brian Hoxha, Christine Koch, Jenn Law, Lorna Livey, Ann McCall, Liz Menard, Shinsuke Minegishi, Suzanne Nacha, Shogo Okada (courtesy of Le Gallery), Loree Ovens (courtesy of David Kaye Gallery), Michelle Purchase, Sandi Ralph, Shawn Reynar, Ian Rubenzahl, Wendy Morosoff Smith, Penelope Stewart and Laurie Zinkand-Selles.
A selection of the featured artists include: Sandi Ralph (Toronto) focuses on the deconstruction and reconstruction of the natural environment. Using the butterfly as a motif, Ralph strips away details, leaving lace-like structural elements. Subsequently reconstructed, the layers of black and white give the impression of glimpsing a passing twilight flight. Libby Hague (Toronto) explores material and metaphorical interests. Interdependency and interconnectedness, embodied in Hague's woven structures, suggest distinctiveness within a more ambitious structure. Referencing a restless, unpredictable and unstable world, Hague pulls and distorts the printed grid into a third dimension. Loree Ovens (Toronto) is interested in intersecting and overlapping patterns. Tension and vibrations form between lines and objects, producing a temporal surface energy within her screenprints. Sean Caulfield (Edmonton) examines the impact of technology on the environment and human bodies. His woodcuts and mezzotints blur boundaries between the biological and the technological, the organic and the mechanical, challenging viewers to consider the implications. Multi-disciplinary artist Jenn Law (Toronto) examines the artifacts of print culture and the relationship to technology as the means by which it is continuously reinvented. Law’s work engages two technologies that have shaped the understanding of the world and one’s place in it — print and horology (the science of time-keeping). Focused on the pocket watch and the ink bottle and combining traditional print methods with 3D printing, Law presents a collection of evolving objects transitioning between the past and the future, tradition and invention. Here, apparent endings may become the means for innovation.
Spring Hurlbut and Open Studio
Invited by Open Studio to realize a print media project, celebrated Canadian artist Spring Hurlbut worked with master lithographer Kevin Haas to create a series of three prints titled La Bouche.
Like my predecessor artist Joyce Wieland, who kissed the lithographic stone to form all the words of O Canada (1969), I’m following suit with a series of individual idioms. The first idiom I’m committing to kissing out on the litho stone is “Don’t put words in my mouth.” Historically, the idiom is a combination of words with a figurative meaning separate from the literal meaning. La Bouche combines the literal and figurative implications of the idiom. It is a forced merger of language and image that blurs the separation.
– Spring Hurlbut, 2015
The suite of three lithograph and screenprints on paper will be exhibited and available for sale in our booth. Price range $3 500 - $4 100.
Spring Hurlbut is represented by Georgia Scherman Projects.
All proceeds from the sale of the La Bouche prints support Open Studio’s mandate to promote, preserve and support the production of print media. Open Studio is a charitable, non-profit organization, charitable registration # 11906 8823 RR0001.
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