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Martha Street Studio Pet Projects – Print Exchange
Pet Projects – PRINT EXCHANGESummer/Fall 2022 Please join us for the MSS Pet Projects – Print Exchange! Each participant will receive 5 new prints in the mail made by fellow printmakers. If you are interested in participating, email your name and address to: askmartha@printmakers.mb.ca with the subject line: MSS Pet Projects – Print Exchange Participants are asked to create an edition of at least 6 prints, paper size no larger than 8½ x11”, using at least one traditional printmaking technique. Martha Street Studio will take care of the distribution of the exchange so that everyone receives 5 prints by other artists. The sixth print will be kept in our print archive. The theme is Pet Projects, so show us your favourite furry friend, a feathered companion, a scaly sidekick, or go totally wild and share a print project you’ve been fine-tuning for ages. Any unfettered interpretation of the theme is strongly recommended! This exchange is open to any and all members of Martha Street Studio – If you are not currently a member you may purchase/renew your membership in the studio, or online here: shop.printmakers.mb.ca/martha-street-studio-membership-regular The due date for print submissions is October 1st, 2022 (if your address is outside the city of Winnipeg, your submission will be accepted late provided it is postmarked October 1st). You should receive your collection of 5 prints by the end of November, 2022.  Please make sure that you have read and followed the guidelines posted below before submitting your print edition. If you have any queries please email: director@printmakers.mb.ca for clarification.  Guidelines Deadline: Finished Prints must be submitted to MSS by October 1st, 5 pm  MSS Members Print Exchange 2022 Guidelines  Submissions to the MSS Members Print Exchange must comply with all guidelines. Any edition that fails to meet one or more of the guidelines will be returned to the printmaker with an accompanying explanation. All prints will be packed in a standard envelope and delivered
Floral Overload // Cynthia Dinan-Mitchell
Exhibition Dates: Friday July 29 – Friday, September 2, 2022 Opening Reception: Friday August 5 @ 5-8pm Virtual artist talk: Saturday August 6 @ 1pm CST ASL interpretation will be provided and live captions will be enabled. This talk is free to attend and open to the public. Click here to join the Zoom meeting. Exhibition Text by Alyssa Bornn. – – – Martha Street Studio is pleased to present Floral Overload, a solo exhibition by Cynthia Dinan-Mitchell (QC). Floral Overload inverts the hierarchy of art through an overflowing installation as anachronistic still-life, inviting viewers to delve into the worlds of printmaking, ceramics and decoration against the backdrop of botanically-scented wallpaper. Over a screen of flora and fauna, Dinan-Mitchell intervenes with successive layers of elaboration; varying from monochrome works to highly saturated hand-painted silkscreens and printed ceramic plates exploring the artistic genre of still life, Dinan-Mitchell appropriates and updates this historically pictorial genre, declining it in several states and scales. From contour drawing to installation, Dinan-Mitchell uses the codes and rules of composition of traditional vanities: the central point of view, the narrow frame and the closed composition, set against some of her favorite objects. Jewelry, ornate porcelain, books, skulls, flowers, insects, fruits and corals are therefore interwoven and symbolize sometimes the vanity of wealth, power and knowledge, sometimes the mortal destiny of human life. To these classic elements and conventions of the still life, Dinan-Mitchell integrates a visual vocabulary of her own. Artist Statement // In Cynthia Dinan-Mitchell’s work, we, as viewers, are impelled to revisit whole swathes of art history, and to reconsider styles, genres and techniques we would normally think of as incompatible. In her syncretic approach, Dinan-Mitchell brings together a wide range of influences and methods: the baroque, 17th-century Dutch still life painting, the chiaroscuro, contour drawing, etching,
HorizonLine/BaseLine // James Boychuk-Hunter
Exhibition Dates: Friday, June 10 – Friday, July 15, 2022 Please review our COVID-19 procedures in full here. Virtual artist talk: Saturday June 11 at 1pm CDT via Zoom.ASL interpretation will be provided. Live captions will be enabled. Click here to watch James’s talk on Vimeo. Exhibition Text by Jillian Groening. – – – Martha Street Studio is pleased to present HorizonLine/BaseLine, a solo exhibition by James Boychuck-Hunter (AB). HorizonLine/BaseLine engages with graphic symbolic iconographies, asserting an interest in the derivation of certain graphic sensibilities that surround us, but often go unnoticed. Central themes include the function of visual communication – both as intended, as well as the colloquial interpretations that develop through practical engagement – and communications conventions that mutate over time and as media technologies and processes change. HorizonLine/BaseLine occupies itself with examining structures that inform communication and considers the formal components of signification in abstract and broadly general terms. HorizonLine/BaseLine hybridizes printmaking techniques, combining etching, woodcut and lithography into experimental constructions, assembling objects from component parts of printed materials. These works utilize a plurality of materials including printed paper, etched and folded steel, cut granite, wire, and steel bar.   Artist Statement  HorizonLine/BaseLine stems from an interest in the geometries of letterform and typographical design. Through print, my aim is to ponder and investigate the architectural sensibility of letterforms. In the graphic alphabetic system predominantly used in the West, the Latin alphabet, the baseline functions as a horizon and letterforms generally sit atop the baseline as though they are bearing the weight of their own elements. Using this baseline/horizon line parallel as a point of departure, I consider the relationship between interventions in the landscape, mounds, megaliths, or earthworks generally, their role as communicators in the landscape and if their sensibilities in any way, conscious or otherwise, informed the convention
Martha Street Studio Seeks Community Outreach Workshop Facilitators
Community Outreach Workshop Facilitator – 2 contract positions  Deadline to apply: Thursday May 5, 2022 @ 5pm   Martha Street Studio is embarking on a pilot program of off-site entry-level printmaking workshops, delivered free of charge to community groups throughout the City of Winnipeg, with a focus on engaging under-served, equity-deserving communities.   Program description: The successful applicants will spend Phase 1 (approximately 2 months) being mentored in three printmaking processes, as well as material, tool and equipment preparation. During this phase, they will also be supported in setting up the administration of the printmaking workshops: applicants will be responsible for identifying community groups and arranging all aspects of the workshops with each community group. During Phase 2 (3-4 months) the successful applicants will be responsible for all aspects of delivering approximately 12 printmaking workshops including: organizing volunteers, preparing materials, transporting the equipment and materials, instruction at the workshop, and cleaning and restocking. The successful applicants will be emerging visual artists, from BIPOC communities, with a demonstrated commitment to community building practices. An interest in drawing and design is an asset.  Applicants do not need to have previous experience in printmaking as they will be mentored in the specific processes that will be delivered via the workshops. A vehicle and driver’s licence are not required. The successful applicants will be expected to work as a team. They will have excellent verbal communication skills and a strong desire to learn and share what they have learned. They will have excellent organizational skills, be self-motivated and able to prioritize tasks. They will have strong time-management and scheduling skills. They will be able to build and maintain positive working relationships with studio staff and the community groups they choose to work with. They will have a flexible schedule. Working hours:   – Phase 1 (2 months) – 15 hours a week, at Martha Street Studio, to
Terra Firma // Mark Laurin
Mother Tongue by Mark Laurin Extended Exhibition Dates: Friday, February 25 – Friday, April 8, 2022Please review our COVID-19 procedures in full here. Virtual artist talk presented March 5, 2022.Click here to view a recording of the talk on Vimeo. Exhibition text by Lisa Kehler. – – – Martha Street Studio is pleased to present Terra Firma, a solo exhibition by Mark Laurin (BC). Terra Firma considers the impact of visual mediation on our understanding of the world. Through overlapping and interweaving layers of expressive mark-making, the works in this exhibition explore the codified ways in which we use line to make sense of our environment. Dense layers of descriptive lines are printed on semi-transparent media, often on both sides, to create ethereal and immersive images. Lines float on the surface, hinting at representation but eluding definitive interpretations. The work hopes to spark a reflection on how we interpret visual language – how we read into it, what we expect from it, and how it shapes our cultural outlook. Artist statement: My work stems from an interest in the catalogue of graphics that code our world. Culling from the history of Western mark-making, from engravings to maps to diagrams, I reference line’s role as mediator between the outside world and our understanding of it. Line is a unit of representation: extend it, divide it, curl it and you have altered its meaning. Each character holds shared meanings, allowing for a common language – a system for translating the three-dimensional world onto a two-dimensional plane. I seek out lines that suggest, among other things, particular textures, movements, or actions and drop them into a spatial void, left to drift without context or representational form. Instead, they build a new ecosystem, colliding and enmeshing with each other to create an atmosphere of fractured
2022 Youth Outreach Program Showcase
Please enjoy this online gallery of works made by participants of the Fall/Winter 2022 Youth Outreach Program. Martha Street Studio’s Youth Outreach Program is a free after-school program open to youth aged 16 – 25. It is comprised of 24 classes over 12 weeks during which students learn four different printmaking processes.  Information on the next session dates and the application process is available on the Free Youth Programs section of our website or you can email education@printmakers.mb.ca for more information. The Youth Outreach Program could not be made possible without the continued investment of the Graham C. Lount Family Foundation. We are also thankful for the continued support of the Winnipeg Foundation, the Manitoba Arts Council & Province of Manitoba. YOP 2022 gallery
& I’m Done with the Woods // Jonathan S. Green
Exhibition Dates: Friday, January 14 – Friday, February 11, 2022 Virtual Artist Talk – Saturday January 29th @ 1pm In the exhibition ‘& I’m done with the woods’ Jonathan S. Green employs the use of historical and contemporary imagery from research in both texts and excursions into the landscape. The imagery reproduced in the body of work will appear ambiguous in scale, time, and purpose, and include mountains, forests, cabins, camps and fire – its presence and its effect. The cabin elements will provide a glimpse of human interaction in the natural world. How we have behaved and interacted in the landscape in the past while opening up new ideas for future interactions. Jonathan S. Green is of Mi’kmaq and Inuit, and settler heritage from Labrador City, Newfoundland and Labrador. He does not know a lot about his Indigenous heritage but is trying to learn more. Green earned an MFA in Printmaking from the University of Alberta. He currently resides in Winnipeg, Manitoba – located on Treaty No. 1, the original lands of Anishinaabe, Ininiwak, Anishininiwak, Dakota, and Dene peoples, and on the homeland of the Métis Nation. His creative research investigates ideas around landscape and wilderness, bushcraft and survival, camping and shelter in the face of the climate crisis. Most recently, this has manifested in a reflection on the increased incidence of wildfires, particularly through his drawing and printmaking practice.  — Our current COVID-19 protocols can be found here. Please call (204) 779-6253 or email gallery@printmakers.mb.ca to book an exhibition viewing appointment for groups. Please enjoy the online gallery of the exhibition & I’m done with the woods. All documentation by Sarah Fuller.
2021 Members’ Show + Sale
We are glad to continue the Annual Members’ Show + Sale this year in an in-person & digitally friendly format: this year, we will feature all of the members work in the gallery, with viewings by appointment/drop-in, as well as in the virtual gallery below.  The opening reception for this year’s Members’ Show was held December 10th, 5-8pm. As with our recent openings, we will be maintaining physical distancing requirements by restricting the total number of people permitted in the gallery to 5 at a time. Vaccination verification and masks are also required. We encourage you to book your visit ahead of time to avoid a line up.
florescence // Joy Wong
Exhibition Dates: Friday, October 22 – Friday, November 26, 2021 Opening Reception: Friday, October 22, 2021 5-9 pm Additional Programming: Virtual artist talk: Saturday November 6, 1pm CDTASL interpretation is available. Zoom link click here Meeting ID: 891 7157 9199Passcode: 412469 These events are free to attend and open to the public.Our current COVID-19 protocols can be found here.Please call (204) 779-6253 or email askmartha@printmakers.mb.ca to book an exhibition viewing appointment. Exhibition text by katnancy (to come) Martha Street Studio is pleased to present florescence, a solo exhibition by Joy Wong. The grotesque body is one with no beginning or end, and is taking up too much, and one with its environment. In the main gallery, the exhibition is of a body “contaminating” the space. Cut-outs from etchings and lithographs are pasted over each other on the gallery walls, in an expansive collage. In this way, the gallery becomes an activated body, the walls become the surface, the skin. Sculptural acrylic monoprints drape and hang off of copper armatures. The basis of these prints are both loosely referencing bodily imagery (such as wrinkles, puckers, dimples, pimples, etc.) and in ambiguous shapes. This project is also a material investigation, as the ideas of the matrix and multiplicity are integral to the ever-expanding body. The corporeal is highlighted in this project, by the thrusting of the two-dimensional qualities of print into an immersive three-dimensional environment.  Artist statement:At the intersections of disgust and beauty, decay and decadence, my practice deals with materiality and the physicality of the human body. Personal history informs research about what it means to reckon with a body in space, meditate on the grotesque and abject, and navigate the meeting point of preservation and destruction. My practice has consisted of projects on the human body through a representational or on a phenomenological standpoint. Lately I have been investigating the notion of the matrix, both as the
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