Studio Editions Launch + Raffle
Natural Movement by Dee Barsy
The Studio Editions Raffle is open until January 2! Pre-orders of Barsy's Studio Edition are available online until January 9.
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Playground Chitchat // Bram Keast + Neah Kelly
Exhibition documentation and artist talk details now available.
Members' Show + Sale
This year's Members' Show + Sale includes a virtual gallery and a rotation of featured artworks from September to January.
Inversion // Jill Ho-You
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.
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Inversion // Jill Ho-You
Exhibition dates: January 15 – February 19, 2021Please review our COVID-19 procedures in full here. 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 email@example.com. The virtual artist talk will be delivered via Zoom. Zoom’s automatic closed captioning function will be enabled during the presentation. The Zoom link to access the event will be shared the week of the event. 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 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 practice. Embodied memory is the idea that the human body physically records experiences and trauma in its cells, tissues, and genes. Recently, I have begun to examine the similar ways the environment and the human body processes and remembers
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Martha Street Studio response to COVID-19
April 23, 2020 update: Hello members, artists, and supporters of Martha Street Studio, The board and staff have made the difficult but prudent decision to suspend all in-person activities until July 1st. Unfortunately, this means all of our current courses and workshops will be cancelled, the physical gallery and shop will remain closed to the public, public, and the studio will not be open to individual artists. Staff will be in contact with anyone who requires a refund in the coming days. In the interim we will continue to operate to the best of our abilities. We have begun featuring member artists’ work on our social media platforms and can deliver any works purchased within the city. We have also added a number of items to our webstore that can also be delivered within the city (or mailed further afield). Michael Dumontier and Neil Farber graciously allowed us to re-use their timely and eerily prescient design from our BYOT fundraiser as well; orders for shirts can be placed until May 30th, check out the design here. Over the coming weeks we will begin cautiously re-offering digital printing services to artists. Although the suite itself will remain closed, files can be submitted digitally to our technicians and orders for printing can be arranged via email. This will be a slower process than normal, involving more communication through email and delivery time, but we are confident that your patience will be rewarded by our outstanding service. Additional technical services for traditional print-media will also be made available on a case-by-case basis as our capacity and access to the space increases. Exhibitions, artists talks and residencies will all be postponed with the expectation that normal programming will recommence on a shifted timeline as soon as it is safe to do so. We remain committed
Virtual artist talk: Yisa Akinbolaji
Join us on Saturday October 17 at 2pm CT for a virtual artist talk with Yisa Akinbolaji. This artist talk will be delivered via Zoom. It is free to attend and open to the public. ASL interpretation will be provided at this event. Attendees do not need to download Zoom ahead of time, but may do so at https://zoom.us. To access this virtual artist talk, join the Zoom meeting at 2pm on Saturday October 17 by clicking this link: https://zoom.us/j/97305071250 or by joining the meeting using this meeting ID: 973 0507 1250. Yisa Akinbolaji is a Winnipeg-based artist whose extensive practice includes working with acrylic, oil, printmaking, metal sculpture and installation for over three decades. His art career began in Nigeria, studying Fine Arts at the Yaba College of Technology and he holds an MFA from University of North Dakota. He has exhibited internationally with over 50 solo and group exhibitions, including one presently honouring Canadian Black Artists in the Senate of Canada, Ottawa. Before immigrating to Canada in 1997, Yisa was published in Nigerian Artists: A Who’s Who and Bibliography. He has been featured in many other art journals. Yisa’s African experience and Western education create the visual richness of his unique art technique. He uses his work to bring attention to social issues within his local community and globally. He has served on various boards, including the Manitoba Arts Council. Yisa is a recipient of several awards and recognitions, and is the founder of the Creative Foundation. To learn more about Yisa’s work, visit www.yisagallery.com andwww.facebook.com/yisa.akinbolaji.
Solar Noon // Leigh Bridges
Exhibition Dates: Friday September 4 – Friday October 9, 2020 Opening Reception: Friday September 4, 5-8 pmVisitors must bring and wear a mask while inside the building. Be prepared to wait outside the building if space is not immediately available upon your arrival. There will be no food & drinks at receptions until otherwise noted. Please review our COVID-19 procedures in full here. Virtual Artist Talk: Saturday September 19, 2pmASL interpretation will be provided for this event via Zoom. This artist talk is free to attend and open to the public. To access this virtual artist talk, join the Zoom meeting at 2pm on Saturday 19 by clicking this link: https://zoom.us/j/97525705942 or by joining the meeting using this meeting ID: 975 2570 5942. You do not need to download Zoom ahead of time, but you may do so at https://zoom.us. Exhibition Text by Jaime Black These events are free to attend and open to the public. – – – – – – – – Martha Street Studio is pleased to present Solar Noon, a solo exhibition of work by Leigh Bridges (MB). Solar Noon is an installation of large silkscreened, laser-cut prints including pop-out designs that fold into paper sculptures, a series of offset printed die-cut posters, and a video animation. In this work, the subject of solar energy technology serves as an interface between Leigh Bridges’ ongoing investigation of atmospheric landscape, light, and colour in painting and experiments in use, imagination, and improvisation in design. Employing modes of production which range from highly precise commercial fabrication to intuitively composed hand-silkscreened monoprints, the work aims to express a love of material and to create dialogue between refined structural processes and the spontaneous agency to make, build, and connect. The exhibition synthesizes approaches central to design and painting through printmaking, framing, and reflecting landscape via overlays of
2020 Members’ Show + Sale
We are glad to continue the Annual Members’ Show + Sale this year in a new format: this year, we will divide the artworks submitted by members into small groupings, featuring them in a virtual gallery as well as a weekly rotation of featured artworks at Martha Street Studio. Each member may submit one artwork that is unframed, two-dimensional, and up to 11×17″. The work-drop off period is now open until August 8. Download a submission form by clicking here. The opening reception for this year’s Members’ Show will be held in conjunction with the reception for Leigh Bridges’ solo exhibition, Solar Noon on Friday September 4, 5-8pm. Depending on the number of works submitted, the 2020 Members Show + Sale may be ongoing over a number of months, which means the opportunity to sell artwork submitted will run for the same amount of time. Please review our submission form for further details.
Patch, Mend, Piece Together // Suzie Smith
Exhibition Dates:Thursday July 9 – Friday August 21, 2020 Opening Reception: Thursday July 9, 5-8 pmArtist will be in attendance. At this time we are allowing up to nine visitors at a time in the gallery during opening receptions. Visitors must bring and wear a mask while inside the building. Be prepared to wait outside the building if space is not immediately available upon your arrival. There will be no food & drinks at receptions until otherwise noted. Virtual Artist Talk: Wednesday July 22, 6pmThis artist talk will be delivered via Zoom. To access this virtual artist talk, join the Zoom meeting at 6pm on July 22 by going to this link: https://zoom.us/j/93667519552 or by using this meeting ID: 936 6751 9552. Note that you do not need to download Zoom ahead of time, but you may do so at https://zoom.us. ASL interpretation is available by request. Requests must be submitted by 5pm on July 18 by emailing email@example.com or calling 204-779-6253. Exhibition Text by Jean Borbridge These events are free to attend and open to the public. Please review our procedures regarding COVID-19 before visiting the gallery. Martha Street Studio is pleased to present Patch, Mend, Piece Together, a solo exhibition of work by Suzie Smith (MB). The screen printed works in Patch, Mend, Piece Together showcase Suzie Smith’s intuitive and spontaneous practice, engaging with the architecture of the gallery space. Described as an “antithesis” to the typical screen printing process, her process and concept are based on rules and rule breaking and focuses on the physical act of making Suzie Smith is an artist who works with printmaking and design that expands into sculpture, installation and video. Her work often incorporates the deconstruction and transformation of images and materials in an attempt to create new or multiple meanings. Smith creates systems and structures for her print process that act as a tool
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