FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PLAYER PIANO and PRE-USED PAPER
New monoprints by Catherine Farish and paper that is re-used and re-invented
at Studio 21 Fine Art
Studio 21 kicks of its spring exhibition schedule with a solo exhibition of new monoprints on player piano paper by Montreal based Catherine Farish alongside a pre-used paper group exhibition. The exhibitions will run from March 9 through to April 4, 2018.
"Catherine Farish is constantly inquiring into different ways of looking. Whether she is combing scrapyards for metal parts and computer discards to use as printing objects, re-purposing player piano rolls as surfaces on which she can situate abstract marks, language fragments, or figures, or re-writing a romance on envelopes from the 1940s, she is perennially on the lookout for things that will allow her to complicate both surfaces and the manner in which they are perceived…Since November of 2009, Farish has been experimenting with player piano rolls as both content and surface for a new body of work. All the images are mixed media on perforated paper mounted on Arches paper."
Robert Enright, Notes, catalogue essay, 2012.
Catherine Farish’s exhibition Not Before Time includes a collection of monoprints on piano paper.
"I wanted to create a kind of organized chaos, starting with the idea of doodling and scribbling but also as a contrast to the neat sequencing expressed by the perforated holes on the piano rolls.
Technically the work is printmaking, specifically dry point and relief, and each piece is unique. I started by playing with the random layering of 9 different plates and ended by using audio tape, again working blindly, welcoming accidents and complicating the surface, creating more intense areas of energy,” says Catherine Farish.
The companion Pre-Used Paper group exhibition presents work in which paper is re-used and re-invented as a surface, or by way of collage, or sculptural form. It will feature works by gallery artists Susan Wood, Peter Powning, Carol Bernier, I-Chun Jenkins, Don Russell, Roger Loft, Brian Burke and Jennifer Hornyak.