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Subconscious Terrain // Tracy Peters
In the gallery May 7 - June 11. Artist talk May 22.
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Martha Street Studio Seeks Professional Programming Coordinator
Deadline to apply, June 1st, 2021 JOB POSTING: Professional Programming CoordinatorCategory: Part-time, permanent (0.7)Position rate: $17/hr @ 21hrs/week – with extended health benefitsApplication Deadline: June 1st, 2021To apply, submit CV (or equivalent) and cover letter to director@printmakers.mb.ca  MPA-MSS acknowledges the barriers within the artist-run sector and our organization that affect applicants from equity-seeking groups. We encourage applications from people historically underrepresented in our sector, more specifically, people who identify as gender diverse, Queer, 2-spirit, Indigenous, Black, People of Colour, Official-Language Minority, and Persons with Disabilities. MPA-MSS is committed to providing a safer and supportive work environment that mitigates barriers to equity and the challenges of precarious labour.   General Responsibilities: The development, coordination and delivery of all aspects of the studio’s gallery and professional programming activities. Reports to: Executive DirectorSupervises: Volunteers   Qualifications: -Experience in the field of artist-run center culture and or arts organization administration.-Ability to develop and maintain positive working relationships with artists.-Excellent communications skills, both written and verbal.-Excellent organizational skills.-Proficiency in a variety of software (Word, Excel, Photoshop, InDesign) and social media platforms (mailchimp, instagram, facebook).-Ability to prioritize tasks, work independently and exhibit sound judgment. -Ability to work in a busy, shared office space and share general customer service tasks (answering the phone, processing sales, engaging with studio visitors) -Experience in install / strike of exhibitions.   Tasks involved in Professional Programming – Exhibitions: ·       Coordinate yearly professional exhibition schedule ·       Coordinate critical writing, hired writer, layout and printing of exhibition brochure ·       organize pick-up/delivery of artwork for exhibition ·       organize and promote annual call for exhibition submissions ·       sustain focused outreach for call for exhibition submissions ·       communicate all relevant details to exhibiting artists ·       organize artist talks as budget allows ·       coordinate ASL interpretation and other accessibility requests for artist talks ·       promote professional programming to media, on website and through emails  ·       organize hospitality for exhibition openings ·       provide information about upcoming
Subconscious Terrain // Tracy Peters
Exhibition dates: May 7 – June 11, 2021Please review our COVID-19 procedures in full here. Virtual artist talk: Saturday May 22, 2pm CDTASL interpretation is available by request for Deaf attendees. Requests must be submitted by 5pm on Wednesday May 19 to askmartha@printmakers.mb.ca. The virtual artist talk will be delivered via Zoom. Zoom’s automatic closed captioning function will be enabled during the presentation. To access this event, join the Zoom meeting at 2pm CDT on May 22 by clicking this link: https://zoom.us/j/95843443414 or by using this meeting ID: 958 4344 3414. You do not need to download Zoom ahead of time, but you may do so at https://zoom.us. This event will be recorded. Please turn off your video when joining the Zoom meeting if you prefer not to be recorded. Exhibition text by KC Adams These events are free to attend and open to the public. – – – Martha Street Studio is pleased to present Subconscious Terrain, a solo exhibition by Tracy Peters (MB). Subconscious Terrain invites visitors into a metaphorical bog of moss images that situates them between a resting ground and a place of unrest. Immersive photo-based installations illuminate Sphagnum moss within physical and imaginative space, intersecting human and non-human ecosystems. This exhibition is a meditation on the life and death of Sphagnum habitats and their capacity for resuscitation and preservation. The delicate prints that inhabit the gallery embody the fragility of threatened bog environments, while attempting to elevate the vitality of peatlands as mitigators of global warming and climate change. Artist statement: In my interdisciplinary practice, I am drawn to threatened habitats that are in the midst of cataclysmic change. What deeply motivates me is resilient behaviour in ecosystems that enable their adaptation to human intervention. Often, I carry out my work and research in natural environments where unpredictable
Virtual Artist Talk: Scott Benesiinaabandan
Join us on Thursday March 25, 2021 at 6pm CT, for a virtual artist talk with Scott Benesiinaabandan. This talk will be delivered via Zoom. Accessibility information: ASL interpretation is available by request for Deaf attendees. Requests must be submitted by 5pm on Saturday March 20 to askmartha@printmakers.mb.ca. Zoom’s automatic closed captioning will be enabled during the presentation. The Zoom link will be posted a week prior to the event. You do not need to download Zoom ahead of time, but may do so at https://zoom.us. This event will be recorded–please turn your video off when joining the Zoom meeting if you prefer not to be recorded. This artist talk is free to attend and open to the public. – – – – – – – – Scott Benesiinaabandan is an Anishinaabe (Obishkkokaang) intermedia artist who works primarily in photography, video, audio and printmaking. Scott has completed an international residencies at Parramatta Artist Studios in Australia, Context Gallery in Derry, North of Ireland, and  University Lethbridge/Royal Institute of Technology iAIR residency,  along with international collaborative projects in both the U.K and Ireland. Scott is currently based in Montreal, where he is completing a MFA in Photography, where is also a long running artist-in-residency at  OBx Labs/Ab-TeC and Initiative for Indigenous Futures. He is currently investigating new mediums such as audio works, light sculptures and virtual reality. In the past years, Benesiinaabandan has been awarded grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, Manitoba Arts Council, Winnipeg Arts Council and Conseil des arts des lettre du Quebec. His work can be found in a number of private, provincial and national collections. Benesiinaabandan has taken part in several notable exhibitions across Canada and internationally: Harbourfront’s Flatter the Land/Bigger the Ruckus, Subconscious City at the Winnipeg Art Gallery, GHOSTDANCE at Ryerson Image Centre and solo exhibitions; unSacred, at Gallery 1C03; and in Sydney, Australia, mii omaa
Futures Barren/Futures Abundant // April Dean
Exhibition dates: March 12 – April 16, 2021Please review our COVID-19 procedures in full here. Scroll to the bottom of this page to view documentation of this exhibition. Click here to watch a video walk-through of the exhibition. Virtual artist talk: Saturday March 20, 2pm CTASL interpretation is available by request for Deaf attendees. Requests must be submitted by 5pm on Wednesday March 17 to askmartha@printmakers.mb.ca. Virtual artist talk: Saturday March 20, 2pm CTASL interpretation is available by request for Deaf attendees. Requests must be submitted by 5pm on Wednesday March 17 to askmartha@printmakers.mb.ca. The virtual artist talk will be delivered via Zoom. To access this event, join the Zoom meeting at 2pm CT on March 20 by clicking on this link: https://zoom.us/j/91741113797 or by using this meeting ID: 917 4111 3797. Zoom’s automatic closed captioning function will be enabled during the presentation. You do not need to download Zoom ahead of time, but you may do so at https://zoom.us. This event will be recorded. Please turn off your video when joining the Zoom meeting if you prefer not to be recorded. Exhibition text by Francesca Carella Arfinengo Reception: TBD Some lucky Martha Street Studio members will receive an artist poster by April Dean with their next newsletter–renew your membership today! These events are free to attend and open to the public. – – – – – – – – Martha Street Studio is pleased to present Futures Barren/Futures Abundant, a solo exhibition of work by April Dean (AB). Futures Barren/Futures Abundant builds a connection between the regenerative qualities of plants through propagation from clippings, the generosity of the printmaking medium through disbursement of the multiple, and the potential for humans to better understand themselves as a multiple and regenerative part of a much greater and abundant whole. Artist statement: Late-stage capitalism has us trapped in our role as consumer and
Martha Street Studio Relief Effort – Print Exchange
We want to see your prints, and more importantly, we want others to enjoy them too!  Please join us for the MSS Relief Effort – Print Exchange to receive 5 new works in the mail made by your fellow printmakers. If you are interested in participating, email your name and address to: askmartha@printmakers.mb.ca with the subject line: MSS Relief Effort – Print Exchange Participants are asked to create an edition of at least 6 prints, paper size no larger than 5×8”, 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 Resilience. Take that in whatever direction you’d like, or don’t! The 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 here: shop.printmakers.mb.ca/martha-street-studio-membership-regular The due date for print submissions is March 15th, 2021 (if your address is outside of Winnipeg your submission will be accepted late provided it is postmarked March 15th). You should receive your collection of 5 prints by the end of April, 2021.  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 MSS Members Print Exchange 2021 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 by regular mail to participants.   Please make sure that you have read and followed the guidelines before submitting your print edition. If you have any queries please email director@printmakers.mb.ca for clarification. Members Print Exchange Guidelines Original Work 
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Inversion // Jill Ho-You
Exhibition dates: January 15 – February 19, 2021Please review our COVID-19 procedures in full here. Scroll to the bottom of this page to view  documentation of this exhibition. Click here to watch a video walk-through of the exhibition. Virtual artist talk: Saturday January 23, 2pm CTASL interpretation is available by request for Deaf attendees. Requests must be submitted by 5pm on Wednesday January 20 to askmartha@printmakers.mb.ca. The virtual artist talk will be delivered via Zoom. To access this event, join the Zoom meeting at 2pm CT on January 23 by clicking this link: https://zoom.us/j/95136860177 or by using this meeting ID: 95136860177. Zoom’s automatic closed captioning function will be enabled during the presentation. You do not need to download Zoom ahead of time, but you may do so at https://zoom.us. This event will be recorded. Please turn off your video when joining the Zoom meeting if you prefer not to be recorded. Reception: TBD Exhibition text by Lauren Lavery These events are free to attend and open to the public. – – – – – – – – Inversion engages with the anxiety, fear, and speculation about the future of the planet by imaging the world if the Anthropocene reaches its predicted negative climax of uninhabitable climate change, shrinking biodiversity, and unsustainable development. Imagining what remains after the projected extinction of humanity, the work explores the idea of systemic failure by examining the relationship between the biologic, environmental, and man-made. Blurring the lines between the human body, the natural and the manufactured landscapes, the exhibition traces a speculative history of the Earth from creation to destruction, questioning and emphasizing the role of human industry through the conspicuous absence of people. Artist statement: My combined interest in psychology, anatomy, and memory has previously led me to explore the concept of embodied memory in my
Pre-order period: MSS Studio Edition Natural Movement by Dee Barsy
Martha Street Studio is proud to present a new Studio Edition: Natural Movement By Dee BarsyPrinted by Ali JamesEdition of 40 screen printsPaper size: 19.42 x 18.5″ (49.3 x 47 cm)Price: $650 Pre-order available via our Webstore until 5pm CT, January 9, 2021.  Artist Statement: This screen print is a reimagining of Dee’s acrylic painting, Natural Movement. The original painting is on a sculptural, equilateral, square-shaped wood panel with a smaller equilateral square cut out of it. The painting Natural Movement was created in collaboration with the 2018 edition of send+receive: a festival of sound and shown at Parlour Coffee. For her inspiration, Dee reflected on the sounds associated with her runs through one of her favourite Winnipeg locations, FortWhyte Alive. For instance, Dee visually represented the sound of her breath changing as her effort increased or decreased through elevation variation. She also painted the sounds of each foot making contact with the ground in a repeating pattern. This version of Natural Movement is a collaborative work with Ali James (Studio Technician) from Martha Street Studio. To reimagine Dee’s painting in the language of screen printing, Ali created meticulous mixtures of ink and experimented with different screen printing techniques to achieve a near-perfect translation.  Dee Barsy is a painter and Visual Arts Educator raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba and currently living in Montréal, Quebec. In 2013, she graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Manitoba. In 2016, she completed an Educational Assistant (EA) Diploma at the University of Winnipeg’s Professional, Applied and Continuing Education (PACE). In 2016, she completed the Indigenous Women in Leadership course at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. Currently, Dee is a student enrolled in the Master of Fine Arts degree program at Concordia University in Montréal, QC. In September 2017, Dee was commissioned to create artworks for the INSURGENCE/RESURGENCE exhibition at the Winnipeg Art
Studio Editions Raffle
Natural Movement by Dee Barsy, screen printed by MSS technician Ali James. Get your ticket for our Studio Editions Raffle, open until January 2, 2021 (or until supplies last)! Each $20 ticket is a one in 250 chance to win a limited edition screen print from Dee Barsy’s new Studio Edition, Natural Movement, printed by Martha Street Studio technician Ali James and framed by Robert Taite. Contact us to purchase your ticket or check out our Webstore. This Raffle is open to Manitoba residents only. Natural Movement will be on view at Parlour Coffee, 468 Main St., throughout November and December 2020.  Dee Barsy is a painter based in Winnipeg, MB. In 2013, she graduated with a B.F.A. from the University of Manitoba. In 2017, Dee created a commissioned painting for the INSURGENCE/RESURGENCE exhibition at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. The exhibition featured the work of 29 emerging to established contemporary Indigenous artists from across Canada. In her painting, Dee reflected on her experience as a First Nations person adopted into an interracial family. In doing so, she acknowledged the diverse familial relationships in her life. In her recent art practice, Dee reflects on the various physical movements she performs during physical activity. She is interested in the kinaesthetic, auditory, and visual experience of physical movement with a focus on body awareness in various environments. In her paintings, Dee represents these ideas by creating complex relationships between colour and shape. Her paintings are inclusive and open-ended with many visual entry points. As a broad theme, Dee is interested in the relationship between mental health and physical exercise. Artist Statement: This screen print is a reimagining of Dee’s acrylic painting, Natural Movement. The original painting is on a sculptural, equilateral, square-shaped wood panel with a smaller equilateral square cut out of it. The painting Natural Movement was created in collaboration with the 2018 edition of send+receive: a
Playground Chitchat // Bram Keast and Neah Kelly
Exhibition Dates: Friday October 30 – Friday December 4, 2020 Martha Street Studio is currently closed as of November 1, 2020. Please review our COVID-19 procedures in full here. Scroll to the bottom of this page to view documentation of this exhibition. Opening Reception CANCELLED. Originally scheduled for Friday October 30, 5-8pm.Unfortunately, the opening reception for Bram Keast and Neah Kelly’s exhibition Playground Chitchat, has been cancelled in an effort to keep artists, staff, members, and gallery visitors safe during this time. If possible, a closing reception will be scheduled for this exhibition–stay tuned for updates. Virtual Artist Talk with Neah Kelly:Saturday November 14, 2pm CTASL interpretation by request. Requests must be submitted by 10am CT on Thursday, November 12 by emailing askmartha@printmakers.m.bca or calling 204-779-6253. To attend this event, join the Zoom meeting at 2pm on Saturday November 14 by clicking this link: https://zoom.us/j/94530949714 or by joining the meeting using this meeting ID: 945 3094 9714. Virtual Artist Talk with Bram Keast:Thursday November 19, 6pm CTASL interpretation provided courtesy of Arts AccessAbility Network Manitoba. To access this virtual artist talk, join the Zoom meeting at 6pm on Thursday November 19 by clicking this link: https://zoom.us/j/95483289142 or by joining the meeting using this meeting ID: 954 8328 9142.    The artist talks are free to attend and open to the public. You do not need to download Zoom ahead of time to attend, but you may do so at https://zoom.us. These events will be recorded–please have your video turned off if you prefer not to be included in the recording.  Exhibition Text by melannie monoceros These events are free to attend and open to the public. – – – – – – – – This exhibition brings together a collection of artworks by Bram Keast and Neah Kelly who work with concepts of play, tactility, and interaction
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