ALBERTA PRINTMAKERS GALLERY
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The Main Space Gallery
WYSIWYG / Alex Linfield
January 14 - March 4, 2022
Artist Talk and Closing Reception: Dates and Times to be Announced
What is so new about “new media”? The original definition of “media” meant “material” (wood, bronze, ink, and so on). How ironic is it that new media (or digital media) is viewed as holding an immaterial existence? The digital image is “made” of light and a language of binary code, not ink and paper. But why is this shift towards immaterialism an important distinction between our original definitions of media? As printmakers, we know why the adoption of new forms of media marks important cultural shifts, having intimately studied the implications of the printing press. With the birth of print media, radical changes in fundamental concepts such as originality, ephemerality, identity, and time were forced to suit the existing media models. We are now once again faced with an epistemological and ontological crisis of the image in contemporary times.
Materials such as dust are known for their strong connection to the passage of time and human indexicality. However, through the works in this exhibition, many fundamental concepts of being are defamiliarized through subtle digital manipulations of familiar materials and surfaces.
Alex Linfield is a multidisciplinary artist, newly based in Mohkinstsis/Calgary. Linfield holds an MFA from NSCAD University and a BFA from the University of Alberta.
Kasia Koralewska /
Basic Social Unit Hierarchies
September 17th - November 5th, 2021
Artist Talk and Reception - NEW DATE! October 29 from 7-9pm
This is an IN_PERSON event
(As per municipal and provincial guidelines and requirements: proof of vaccination, masking, and distancing is required)
The project Basic Social Unit Hierarchies focuses on matriarchal and patriarchal elements within a basic social unit – a family. I study the distinction between these two models, based on my partner’s and my genealogical histories. I investigate the generational (three generations) and ethnographic (Polish and Canadian) differences and transformations regarding gender-imposed roles within studied families. I hope that the process, along with the installation - which is a culmination of my research - will, to some extent, elucidate my position and identity as a woman in my own family.
The work consists of two pillars of printed cloth depicting the dynamics between matriarchal and patriarchal elements within my partner’s and my family. The catalyst for this project was my curiosity to find out how our different histories and experiences have impacted our understanding of our partnership in a domestic context. I want to be aware of any behavioral tendencies we both might have inherited into our home life. I hope for this piece to also inspire my audience to revisit the homes where they come from and to analyze how the domestic models that they have experienced influence their current relationships.
Inspired by the 18th century Toile de Jouy, my pieces are printed on canvas in monochromatic blues and reds. The motifs of traditional Toile de Jouy depicted idyllic scenes of every-day life. My drawings of family life might seem to be pleasant at first, but after a closer look, they also show loneliness, neglect, boredom, and anxiety.
Kasia Koralewska is a textile-based artist and art educator currently living in Calgary, Canada. She received her education at the Alberta College of Art & Design in Calgary, Canada and Academy of Fine Arts in Lodz, Poland (Master of Fine Arts 2009). She presently teaches in the Fibre program at the Alberta University of the Arts. Her research focuses on various techniques and processes that transform the surface of the cloth. Her artistic practice involves creating large-scale silkscreen printed, dyed, and painted textiles, wearable objects, drawings, and installations. Her work has been exhibited in Poland, Germany, Czech Republic, and Canada.
July 9th - August 27th, 2021
Printmaking has a history of both inter-artist and inter-geographical dialogue. Within its tradition, collaborative making where printmakers partner with other artists, disciplines, and communities is commonplace. Print artists rely on one another everyday because most of us must access equipment through publicly accessible print shops and artist-run centres. It is no surprise that print artists have a long tradition of sharing our work with each other through exchanges and collaboration because the centre of printmaking culture is community-focused based on this need to share resources. Print artists and organizations often facilitate contemporary exchanges between artists through both local portfolios and inter-geographical exchanges. Alberta Printmakers (A/P) proposes to highlight alternative forms of knowledge dissemination and creative exchange through the exhibition of “Trio” and a portion of 'Vague démographique : mouvance des cultures'' in our Main Space Gallery.
“Trio” is an exchange portfolio of print works organized by Martha Street Studio in Winnipeg that includes pieces by their members as well as students from the University of Manitoba and Brandon University. Exchange portfolios like “Trio” include a set number of artists who each produce and edition of prints equivalent to the number of artists involved. The prints are then exchanged between the artists, allowing each person to collect a full set of impressions.
Printmaking exchange portfolios are an integral aspect of the contemporary printmaking landscape that are centred on the artists and function as a form of artwork dissemination that allows for the exchange of contemporary discourse and community building between artists. Because prints are typically made on paper, they are often small in scale and light-weight, which makes them easily transportable in comparison to some other forms of work. Because of this, print exchanges often cross national and international borders, generating relationships amongst diverse populations.
Martha Street Studio and Alberta Printmakers are furthering the concept of exchange by additionally exchanging complete portfolios. At a similar time that Alberta Printmakers will be hosting “Trio,” Martha Street Studio will be presenting “Futurology,” a print portfolio exchange created in celebration of the 30th anniversary of A/P.
'Vague démographique : mouvance des cultures'' is a project that was created by artists from l'Atelier Presse Papier and First Nations artists from several regions of Québec. Each artist duo worked in collaboration with their counterpart to illustrate the movement of cultures. Alberta Printmakers will share an artist book that is composed of works from each collaborative duo. Though space does not permit for the exhibition of this entire project within our Main Space, A/P hopes to aid l'Atelier Presse Papier in finding potential partner venues to share the rest of the project.
Alberta Printmakers aims to draw attention to “exchange” as not only a valid way of sharing cultural products but as a method of reciprocity amongst artists and communities of makers. When we make work that is for, and with each other, hierarchies of creative economy begin to be dismantled. We aim to draw attention to the benefits of resource sharing as exemplified through community printmaking studios such as our own and seek to share ways of generating collectivity across lands and between communities.
Alberta Printmakers in partnership with the Collectors' Gallery of Art present:
In Conversation with John Snow
May 22 - July 2, 2021
Curated by Sheryl Spencer
Featuring work by local emerging artists:
Tasia Selimos, Westbury Jordan, Stephany Victorine and Rosemary Allan
Sara Norquay /
Citizen of the World
October 2 - November 20, 2020
“Citizen of the World is an exhibition of 6 x 6 inch linocut portraits portraying 300 individual members of our human collective (society) in an extended present tense. It is a portrait of humanity but the individual portraits reveal diversity within the collective. As our identities are bound up with our ideas of difference and uniqueness, these prints challenge the viewer’s biases. Even though a photograph is often considered to be “more true” than a picture in another medium, all mediums contribute their own visual quality to the interpretation of a subject. Some viewers have said the portraits capture more than physical features and the subjects themselves had a say in how they were portrayed as they chose or approved of the photograph used to make the linocuts.
The interpretive nature of the viewer’s relationship to each subject adds to the discussion of what these portraits mean together and individually. We see the work through the lens of our personal experiences, ideas and culture. For me, the portraits bring forth memories and emotions attached to each of the subjects. Each is someone I know or have spent time with, even if only for a single conversation. It is my interaction with each individual that I think about while cutting the plate. To be thought about by others is a kind of blessing. I hope the accumulative acts of making and viewing contributes to the energy of goodwill in the world.”
Sara Norquay - Born in Edmonton, raised in Toronto, and employed as a free-lance Opera Equity Stage Manager during her twenties while living in Alberta, Sara attended the Alberta College of Art in the mid-70s. After receiving a B.A. in English from the University of Toronto and a B.Ed from Queens University in the 80’s, she married and went to live in Santa Barbara, California. There she raised children, taught, and exhibited prints and artist books before moving back to Edmonton in 2009. She is known in Alberta for her Lino portraits, large woodcuts, and artist books.
Her website URL is: http: //slnorquay.com
Stephanie de Couto Costa / Anthology of Mourning
March 6 - April 7, 2020
Opening Reception: March 6 from 7-9pm
Artist in attendance.
"The works in this exhibition explore the expanded notions of mourning; meaning not confined to the loss of loved ones, but includes displacement, loss of identity, community, ideals, and loss of self. More specifically, mourning is examined from an ethnological perspective, reflecting on how our heritage, belief systems, genealogy, effects or guides our experiences of grief.
In Anthology of Mourning, these ideas are explored through printed works and drawings, often referred to as still lifes and tapestries. The works are created from the assemblage of an extensive collection of imagery and visual lexicon that I have been building and referencing throughout my practice.
There is a strong presence of textile designs and traditions in the works. My family working in this industry, fabric has always been part of my visual landscape evoking notions of labour, class and cultural identity.
In my own translation of textile work, I’m interested in exploring cloth as a fleshy extension of the body. Cloth and patterning becomes a communicative adornment, expressing something the body cannot. It’s a means of hiding the self but also revealing the self.
Through cryptic language, repetition and the appropriation of traditional motifs, the works act as pictograms using patterning as text, revealing a desire to establish a dialogue between past and present, seeking to keep what as left alive."
Stephanie de Couto Costa is a visual artist and writer in Montreal, Canada. Interested in process driven material practices, her work encompasses different media such as printmaking, textiles, drawing and installation. She has participated in a number of international exhibitions and residencies, including a research and creation project in Lisbon, Portugal. She completed a MFA in Studio Arts from Concordia University, where she works as an Assistant Professor in the division of Print Media.
A/P MAINSPACE Archive
Christeen Francis / Borough Burrow , October 25 - November 30, 2019
Adrian Gor / In Bloom or in Doom, September 13 - October 19, 2019
Stacey Watson / Field Work, October 20 - November 30, 2017
Chad Eperlding / Talking Stock, September 8 - October 13, 2017
Miriam Rodolph / disPOSSESSION, June 2 - July 15, 2017
Robert Pugh / Etchings, April 21 - May 27, 2017
A/P EMERGING ARTIST Archive
Shelby Wolfe-Goulet, Burnt Toast Studio Gallery, 2019
Mitchell Luken, Burnt Toast Studio Gallery, 2019
Kristina van Westenbrugge, ArtsCommons +15 Window Galleries, 2018
Mitchell Chalifoux, ArtsCommons +15 Window Galleries, 2018
Ryan Statz, ArtsCommons +15 Window Galleries, 2018
Katelyn Payette, ArtsCommons +15 Window Galleries, 2018
Kenzie Housego, ArtsCommons +15 Window Galleries, 2018
Graeme Dearden, ArtsCommons +15 Window Galleries, 2017
Robert Lemermeyer, ArtsCommons +15 Window Galleries, 2017
Tracy Wormsbecker, ArtsCommons +15 Window Galleries, 2017
Samantha Charette, ArtsCommons +15 Window Galleries, 2017
Kellen Spencer, ArtsCommons +15 Window Galleries, 2017
Shawn Reynar, ArtsCommons +15 Window Galleries, 2015