Visitors to the gallery this month will be treated to a rich mixture of fibres, colours, and inks. From handmade books and quilts, deep layers of colour and design, to clean and simple figurative graphics, three new shows are ready for your perusal. On until October 3rd. To learn more about our current shows, read below!
Jane Geard and Jenny Iserman are SAC permanent artists whose love of printmaking has led them to create unique artist’s books. Like traditional books, artist’s books can have text and images printed on paper and enclosed in a cover. In an artist’s hands the practice, the form and the process can depart from that foundation in many creative directions.
Jane binds her exquisite intaglio prints into accordion books. Her process begins with pen and ink drawings inspired by her experiences living and traveling in Southeast Asia. These images are then etched by UV light onto a photosensitive metal plate. She applies environmentally friendly inks to the etched plate, pressing the ink into the grooves of the plate to create what is called an intaglio print. The image is then transferred to paper or material by passing it through a manual press.
Jane uses a variety of Japanese, handmade or specific printmaking papers for her books and their covers. She will often print the images onto a single sheet of paper before folding it into an accordion book.
Jenny’s books usually start with words: evocative phrases, or poetry that stimulates further thought and exploration. From there, images and themes emerge. Her inspiration ranges from exploration of both the natural world and imagined worlds
to the examination of social issues. Jenny uses Japanese paper on which she paints, draws, stains, monoprints, relief prints, or collagraph prints according to the design of the book. She adds digital imagery, text, stitch, and collaged elements. Completed pages are mounted on heavyweight paper, then folded, stitched, and bound into book form. Covers are made of various materials, including engraved copper, collagraph plates, or hand-painted bookcloth over traditional book-board.
Often embracing an undertone of social and political commentary, Kelly Stevenson has created work focused around the relationships between technology, religion, consumerism, history, violence, hope, innocence, the environment, mental illness, and human connections. Through her work she hopes to open a dialogue between the viewer, the work and society and also acts as a way for the artist to try and understand the world we live in.
Stevenson’s work typically utilizes simple black and white or greyscale imagery done in primarily ink or pen and marker. It’s graphic and controlled but retains a simple and naïve aesthetic. Taking inspiration from Henry Darger, children book illustrations, German woodblock prints, John Scott, outsider art and graphic novels, Stevenson has created a world inhabited by a series of ambiguous characters that allows her to explore and layout narratives exploring a number of subjects. Having moved back to small town Ontario she has been further influenced to capture some of the disappearing history and idyllic imagery of the rural landscape.
Paper, Paint & Prints, a collection of carefully handmade journals by Darlene McConnachie, and colourful, contemporary prints by Brenda Elliot. A crowd-pleasing and practical mix by two talented artists, on now until October 3 in the Exploration Room!