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The In-Betweens // Alison James
Martha Street Studio is pleased to present The In-Betweens, a solo exhibition of work by Alison James (MB).
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21 Oct.
Introduction to Reductive Linocut 4/8
Opening: Oct. 21, 6:00 - 9:00 PM
22 Oct.
Introductory Screen Printing_ 5/8
Opening: Oct. 22, 6:00 - 9:00 PM
23 Oct.
Letterpress Course 2/4
Opening: Oct. 23, 6:00 - 9:00 PM
26 Oct.
Introduction to Etching: Copper Plates 3/8
Opening: Oct. 26, 1:30 - 4:30 PM
28 Oct.
Introduction to Reductive Linocut 5/8
Opening: Oct. 28, 6:00 - 9:00 PM
29 Oct.
Introductory Screen Printing_ 6/8
Opening: Oct. 29, 6:00 - 9:00 PM
30 Oct.
Letterpress Course 3/4
Opening: Oct. 30, 6:00 - 9:00 PM
01 Nov.
Opening reception: The In-Betweens // Alison James
Opening: Nov. 01, 5:00 - 8:00 PM
02 Nov.
The In-Betweens // Alison James
Opening: Nov. 02, 12:00 - 5:00 PM
02 Nov.
Introduction to Etching: Copper Plates 4/8
Opening: Nov. 02, 1:30 - 4:30 PM
04 Nov.
Introduction to Reductive Linocut 6/8
Opening: Nov. 04, 6:00 - 9:00 PM
05 Nov.
Introductory Screen Printing_ 7/8
Opening: Nov. 05, 6:00 - 9:00 PM
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What’s Next: The In-Betweens // Alison James
Exhibition Dates:Friday November 1 – Thursday December 5, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday November 1st, 5-8 pmArtist will be in attendance Artist Talk: Saturday November 16, 2pmASL interpretation available by request. Requests must be submitted by 5pm on November 13th by emailing askmartha@printmakers.mb.ca or calling 204-779-6253. These events are free to attend and open to the public. Episodic memories lay the foundation of evolving human identities. A key aspect of long-term memory, they are a collection of personal experiences that occur in a specific time and setting and contain the emotional and contextual knowledge of each event. Their vital role in personal identity drives Alison James to ask: why are some experiences encoded, consolidated, and recalled successfully while others are not? What distinct characteristics do they share? What is derived from them? The In-Betweens addresses these questions through a series of looping, stop-motion animations of James’ episodic memories. Constructed from screen printed papercut figures and sets, the animations highlight the emotions of each memory portrayed. Unnerving movements of vivid screen printed papercuts draw viewers into quiet scenes fraught with emotion. The techniques used reflect the reconstructive nature of remembering. The process of screen printing is reconstructive; involving the construction of an image, its deconstruction to create positives and the subsequent reconstruction of layers when printing. Assembling of the papercuts reaffirms this notion. Continuous looping of the animations evokes the memories’ repeated recollection over time. Alison James is a multidisciplinary artist based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. In her research-based practice, she utilizes the technical processes of printmaking and animation to investigate the reconstructive nature of autobiographical memory and personal identity. Alison holds a BFA Honours degree from the University of Manitoba and has exhibited her work nationally and internationally. Past exhibitions and screenings include I Had a Feeling, Atelier Presse Papier, Trois-Rivières, QC (2016), Gimli Film Festival, Gimli, MB (2015),
Obscura // Angela Snieder
Exhibition Dates: Friday September 6th – Friday October 18th, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday September 6th, 5-8 pm Artist Talk: Saturday September 7th, 2pm Martha Street Studio is pleased to present Obscura, a solo exhibition of work by Angela Snieder (ON). Obscura will be on display at Martha Street Studio from Friday September 6th to Friday October 18th. An opening reception will be held on September 6th from 5-8 pm with the artist in attendance. Snieder will present an artist talk on Saturday September 6th at 2pm. Obscura engages with questions of truth and artifice related to experience, perception, and lens-based processes. Through various photographic forms, including photopolymer prints, large-scale pasted prints and moving analog projections, the works in the exhibition aim to prompt a negotiation of reality and its representations that calls into question the truthfulness of photography. The role of illusion is central to the printed and projected scenes. Photographic textures and surfaces offer a sense of familiarity, recalling physical spaces such as mineshafts, caves, undergrowth or mountains, but incongruities in scale and subject matter unsettle the scenes and allude to their artifice. What is happening in the shifting moment when the eye catches on to the trick; and how does the knowledge of this conspiracy alter the experience of the image? The feeling of certainty comes in and out of focus as tall grass undulates or an illuminated fog floats in a snow-filled room.  The newest work, Field (2019), is a moving analog projection created with two camera obscura devices. Whereas historically the camera obscura projected an image of the external world (reversed and inverted), the devices in the exhibition reveal fabricated physical spaces, projected through apertures onto the walls of a darkened room. Artist Statement How can we think about the relationship between physical and psychological spaces? My creative practice explores the possibility
Written Response: Not yet Earth: The work of Madeline MacKay
Not Yet Earth: The work of Madeline MacKay By Kelly Campbell, 2018 While I live, my body is flesh. When I die, it will be meat. My consciousness will cease to exist, but my corpse will persist. It will be buried in a box in the ground. The chemical bonds that hold the organic materials of my meat together will be broken down, their energy released and repurposed to suit the needs of whatever living thing consumes my remains. Just as I digested the meat of countless plants and animals to fuel my earthly vessel while I was alive, my carcass will pass through and become part of thousands of bugs, bacteria, and plants, until it is unrecognizable as what it once was. It will become part of the environment; traces of me will be spread throughout the soil, the air, the grass. I will no longer be a single entity, but a small piece of everything. I will be the earth, and the earth will be me. While poetically compelling, the process of rot and decomposition is often viscerally disgusting in practice. A dead body is sad. A decomposing body is repulsive. Why? Troubling the line between what is self and what is not in the context of the body creates disgust. For example: on your head, your hair is beautiful, luscious, and thick. You toss it from side to side as though you are in a shampoo commercial. Enjoy this moment, puny human, for several weeks later, balled up in the drain, removed from and perversed of its original context, it is revolting. That you used to find it so appealing makes its present state all the more vile. Look at what it has become! Look at what you have become. I am watching a video. A thin person with long
Spring Youth Outreach Program Showcase!
Please join us in celebrating the hard work of the Spring Youth Outreach Program participants at a Showcase Reception Thursday June 27 from 5-7pm.   Most of the young artists will be in attendance and refreshments will be served.  This event is free and open to the public!
Want to be a Studio Intern at Martha Street Studio? Apply before May 28th!
Organization Description Martha Street Studio (Manitoba Printmakers Association Inc.) is Manitoba’s only printmaking artist-run centre, studio and gallery. It has 2,000 square feet of open studio space and a custom printing area. Another 2,000 square feet houses additional studio space, gallery, project space, archives and sales area, a small gift shop, digital suite and administrative offices. Martha Street Studio (MSS) supports artists by providing professional skills, tools, equipment and environment, which result in a diversity of programs that focus on individual goals at every stage of artistic and creative growth. MSS programs classes, short courses and workshops in response to community and professional needs. The Youth Outreach programs have been run at MSS with success since 2006. Enthusiastic and committed participants from all over the city develop skills in etching, linocut, screen print and monoprint, and further these and additional critical and printmaking skills during the self-directed INKubator program. MSS shows 5 CARFAC fee paid exhibitions per year based on an open call for submissions. MSS finds opportunities for additional programs through special project funds when appropriate, working with diverse communities and partnering with other organizations. MSS Studio Editions showcase printmaking through their ingenuity, innovation and technical excellence. MSS also offers residency exchange and other self-directed programs. MSS embraces inclusivity and open access to printmaking as an art-form and as a form of visual communication. Job Description The summer Studio Intern will work in a dynamic team environment assisting Studio Technicians and the Digital Suite Manager in daily tasks that will include: assisting with digital print production, preparing materials for workshops and classes, assisting Studio Technicians and Volunteers with screen printing brochures, designing MSS promotional materials, distributing MSS specific posters and mailings, cleaning and organizing, and monitoring and maintaining equipment and supplies under the guidance of the Studio Manager. The
Call for submissions: Annual Members’ Show + Sale
    Drop off dates: June 14 – 22, 2019 Pickup dates: August 6 – 10, 2019 All work drop off and pickup during our regular hours only: Tuesday – Friday 10-5, Saturdays noon-5. Please note we are closed on Saturdays of long weekends. Exhibition dates: July 5 – 26, 2019 Opening reception: Friday July 5, 5-8 pm Current members are invited to submit one piece of print-based work to our Annual Members’ Show + Sale. Artwork must be no larger than 24 x 24 x 36”. Examples of “print-based” work may includ bookbinding, digital prints, and cyanotypes, as well as more traditional print media such as etchings, letterpress, and screen prints. Please note that the artwork does not need to have been made at Martha Street Studio. Contact us at gallery@printmakers.mb.ca or 204-779-6253 with any inquiries. All artwork must be dropped off during regular office hours and must be accompanied by an application form (available below – please contact us if you are not able to download the form from the website). If the work is framed it must have a wire across the back. If the work comes unframed we will hang it with magnets. 3D objects will be placed free-standing on plinths as available. Anything that requires other hanging/install must come with the special equipment required to display it, and instructions on how to set it up.
Book launch and Studio Edition viewing with David McMillan
Friday May 17, 7pm McNally Robinson Booksellers, 1120 Grant Ave., Winnipeg, MB ASL interpretation will be provided.   Join us for an evening at McNally Robinson Booksellers with acclaimed photographer David McMillan to celebrate the launch of his new photobook from Steidl, Growth and Decay: Prypiat and the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone and to view his Martha Street Studio Edition Parquet Floor Variations, Prypiat, Ukraine. This event is presented by Martha Street Studio and features the artist in conversation with Border Crossings. This event is free to attend and open to the public. The presentation will be followed by a book signing.   David McMillan began his career as a painter, receiving an MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1973, but gradually became more involved with photography. A concern for the vulnerability of the environment led him to photograph in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, the site of what is considered to be the world's worst nuclear accident. Having returned to the site over 20 times since 1994, Growth and Decay serves as a record of McMillan’s lifetime commitment to this monumental project. As McMillan has explained: "When I first ventured to Chernobyl in 1994, the experience was thrilling and totally absorbing. I felt I had found a subject both inexhaustible and consequential. I wanted to make photographs describing something I hadn’t seen before, which had the potential to be simultaneously beautiful and unsettling."  McMillan taught photography at the University of Manitoba for 39 years and has had over thirty solo exhibitions since 1980 and some sixty selected publications, including catalogs for such major surveys as Photography in Canada 1960–2000 (National Gallery of Canada, 2017) and Camera Atomica (Art Gallery of Ontario, 2015). His work has been featured internationally with showings in Hong Kong, Serbia (former Yugoslavia), Iceland, Finland, Israel, Australia, China, Germany, and the USA.   Martha Street Studio
Call for submissions: Grant Marshall Student Summer Residency
One University of Manitoba student working in print media will be awarded a Grant Marshall Student Summer Residency per year. This award is made possible with support from the Manitoba Printmakers Marshall Fund held at the Winnipeg Foundation. The selected student will receive two free months of studio rental in the summer months (July and August), a one-year membership, a $400 artist fee and a $200 materials budget.  Submission requirements: project proposal (1 page maximum) including preferred medium list of technical requirements 5 images (maximum) as jpegs (1024 x 768 pixels, 72 dpi) corresponding image list with title, medium, dimensions, year Optional: bio and/or artist statement current artist CV Send submissions to, or for more information contact gallery@printmakers.mb.ca.  Submission deadline: April 15   ———————————————————————————————————————————————————– Accessibility and location: Martha Street Studio is located at 11 Martha Street. A loading zone is located on the street at the front of the building. Martha Street Studio is an accessible space with a lift and two accessible gender neutral washrooms located on the second floor. Please contact askmartha@printmakers.mb.cawith further inquiries. ———————————————————————————————————————————————————– Charles Grant Marshall, B.I.D, M.A, F.P.I.D.I.M (1931 – 2012) Grant Marshall was raised in West Kildonan and spent a lifetime creating beautiful, functional environments – as an interior designer, artist, volunteer and teacher. He was a recipient of the Governor General’s Award and graduated with a Bachelor of Interior Design, from the University of Manitoba in 1955. As an accomplished designer, Grant was responsible for many of the interiors that defined Winnipeg’s 1950’s modern architecture boom, including the Monarch Life Building (now Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba) at 333 Broadway. Grant also designed costumes and sets for Rainbow Stage, Winnipeg Contemporary Dancers and the Royal  Winnipeg Ballet – where he met his wife Marnie, the company’s principle dancer. Grant was additionally on the advisory committee for the Manitoba
Spring Course Registration Now Closed!  Fall Course registration information coming soon!
Sampler Pack of Printmaking Techniques – FULL! w/Ann Rallison Mondays, 6-9 pm May 27 – June 24 (5 weeks) $175 (+ MPA membership*)  A little bit of this and a little bit of that – this is the perfect course for people who want to try printmaking and don’t know where to start!  Drypoint, block printing, collagraph and some monoprint techniques will be explored in this fun, hands-on course.  Great for first time printers or those who want a refresher! Please note: Screen printing is not taught in this course. Born and educated in England, Ann obtained her first degree from the University of Liverpool and subsequent degrees from University of Winnipeg and University of Manitoba.  Ann has been an active member of Martha Street Studio for many years as an instructor, studio renter and Board member. She has tried many forms of printmaking and continues to enjoy learning, as well as teaching.   Advanced Screen Printing – Only two spots left! w/Alison James Wednesdays, 6-9 pm May 8 – June 26 (8 weeks) $300 (+ MPA membership*) For students looking to refine and expand their screen printing skills, this class features demonstrations of advanced techniques and the opportunity to develop work with the oversight of an experienced printer. Familiarity with screen printing at Martha Street Studio is required. Alison James is a multidisciplinary artist and art educator based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She holds a BFA Honours degree from the University of Manitoba, and has exhibited her work nationally and internationally in galleries and film festivals.    Introductory Screen Printing – FULL! w/Lisa Mendis Mondays, 6-9 pm April 15 – June 10 (8 weeks, no class May 20) $300 (+ MPA membership*) For those who have never printed before or need a refresher on the basics, this class explores skills
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