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Martha Street Studio Member’s Show + Sale 2023
Member’s Show + Sale 2023 Call for Submissions Exhibition Dates: November 3 – November 24, 2023 Submission Period: October 17 – November 1, 2023 Get your brayers busy – this year’s Member’s Show + Sale is going up for the month of November! All current members are eligible to submit one print-based work, made within the past five years. • Works larger than 11”x17” must be submitted with a digital image file. • A submission form with didactic information, including title, medium, year, dimensions and price, must be included with all submissions. • All work will be available for sale, unless otherwise specified. Download the submission form below and fill it out before dropping off your work: 2023 members show submission form Works can be dropped off at the gallery during office hours 10-5 Tues-Thurs and 12-5 Saturdays. Questions and submissions forms can be sent to email@example.com
Echoes // Alana MacDougall
Exhibition Dates: September 8 – October 20, 2023 Opening Reception: Friday September 8, 2023 @ 5 – 8 pm Artist talk: Saturday September 9, 2023 @ 1pm In-person and livestream via Zoom This talk is free to attend and open to the public. Exhibition Text by Sonali Menezes // Martha Street Studio is pleased to present Echoes, a solo exhibition by Alana MacDougall (MB). Echoes explores remembered, reinterpreted, and reimagined imagery generated by medical imaging technology. The schematization of forms allows them to defy easy categorization, simultaneously suggesting the cells, organs, geological formations, or the celestial. In addition to reflecting on the abstract nature of medical imagery, the work explores mortality, and the vulnerability of our bodies in the context of illness and western medical intervention. The artist draws on her experience as a patient to explore psychological impacts of cultural and systemic norms on communication and agency. Echoes investigates this schematic imagery through linocut embossing, silkscreen printing, drawing, and ceramic sculpture (often in combination). MacDougall combines a plurality of methods of production in this exhibition. Sometimes beginning by drawing before scanning, printing, and reworking with drawing again, MacDougall also uses materials and processes connected to linocut printing to emboss images onto porcelain clay. Print strategies are explored in three dimensions through hand-altered cast-porcelain multiples. // Through sculpture, installation, drawing, and printmaking, MacDougall reflects on mortality, and the vulnerability of our bodies in the context of illness and western medical intervention. Drawing on her experience as a woman and patient, MacDougall explores the psychological impacts of cultural and systemic norms on communication and agency. Often, information is withheld and decisions are made without patient consultation. In her essay Illness as Metaphor Susan Sontag writes, “Karl Menninger has observed (in The Vital Balance) that “the very word ‘cancer’ is said to kill some patients
Martha Street Studio Seeks Executive Director
Deadline Extended Deadline to apply: October 16th, 2023, 4:00 p.m.MARTHA STREET STUDIO SEEKS AN EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR To apply: submit CV and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org Martha Street Studio (Manitoba Printmakers Association Inc.) is a not-for-profit charitable organization and Manitoba’s only printmaking artist-run centre, studio and gallery. It is currently in its 35th year of incorporation, and its 23rd year at 11 Martha Street. Martha Street Studio (MSS) is unique within the artist-run centre community, owning our building at 11 Martha Street mortgage-free since 2018. The studio is split across 2 floors; the basement comprises 2,000 square feet of studio space for courses and rentals, including a custom screen printing area, and facilities for etching, lithography, letterpress and relief printing. The top floor is also 2,000 square feet, housing our gallery, project space, archives, promotions area, The Print Shop, screen printing studio, digital suite and administrative offices. MSS supports innovation in national and international print-based art by collaborating with other unique organizations towards a common goal of enriching the lives of Manitobans through the production and dissemination of the art of printmaking. MSS is artist driven and inclusive of diverse skill levels, it supports hobbyists, professional artists and everyone in between. MSS programming and facilities are fully wheelchair accessible and ASL services are available upon request. We offer options for low-income artists to pay for studio rentals and courses through volunteer credits. MSS is a member of the Manitoba Artist Run Centres Coalition (MARCC). THE POSITION The Executive Director is part of an engaged co-planning team yet takes overall responsibility for all aspects of the management of Martha Street Studio’s gallery, services and programs. This extends to strategic planning and development initiatives to fulfill the organization’s vision, mission and mandate. More specifically this includes:• operational and project-based grant writing and fundraising;•
Embedded // Monique Fillion
Exhibition Dates: June 9 – July 14, 2023 Opening Reception: Friday, June 9, 2023 @ 5 – 8 pm Artist talk: Saturday June 10, 2023 @ 1pm ASL interpretation will be provided and live captions will be enabled. This talk is free to attend and open to the public. Exhibition Text by Vi Houssin // Martha Street Studio is pleased to present Embedded, a solo exhibition by Monique Fillion (MB). Embedded is an exhibition of digital photos and folded paper structures that suggests an alternative experience of the ordinary. Fillion’swork is metaphorical, abstract, and meditative as it guides us belowthe surface of our relationships with the places and objects thatsurround us. Images are filled with chimerical beings and archetypesthat touch upon sub-conscious ideas, offering an invitation to becomeimmersed in looking and receptive to the pleasures of free association.The shadows and shifts found in her work uncover the beautiful, thefragile and the ominous, redefining our sense of reality. // In this new body of work, Fillion works to disrupt our relationshipwith the familiar and the mundane by revealing the intrinsic vitality ofinanimate objects. Excavating deeply into the commonplace object oftissue gift wrapping paper to uncover what lies hidden below, Embedded delves into unexpected tunnels of thoughts and experiences. Fillion’s approach is explorative and playful in nature. The creativeprocess for this body of work began through photographing handmadetissue paper structures, hung in front of a window. Through layeringimages of the paper and sculpting the shapes with a light brush inPhotoshop, Fillion creates surreal compositions that reveal encrustedforms of insects, winged creatures, and other whimsical beasts. Composed of two-dimensional photographs, organic in nature and oftenpossessing a sculptural quality, Fillion’s pieces become constructionsof evocative forms filled with ambiguity and introspection suggestingthe idea of transformation. Shapes embedded in the images evoke theuniversal in the form of symbols
Steal This Poster Exchange // Call For Submissions
Submissions are now closed. Martha Street Studio is excited to announce a call to members for submissions for a poster exchange with Centre  in Hamilton, and Atelier Circulaire in Montreal. Martha will select designs by 4 local Manitoba-based artists for the exchange. The 4 chosen designs will be printed by the neighbouring studios as 3 – 4 colour screen-prints, and distributed throughout the participating cities. An exhibition with work by artists from all three regions will take place at the end of the project. Selected artists will each receive a production/materials fee of $750, along with an exhibition fee of $2040. Send submissions to email@example.com Based in Manitoba but not a member? Get your membership in our shop today! – – – – – – Any medium is acceptable provided the final image can be produced as a 3-4 colour screen-print – Maximum image dimensions: 11.5″ x 16.5″– 3 or 4 colours/layers maximum– Files need to be minimum 300 dpi (600 dpi is preferred)– Files should be submitted as PDF– Print-ready designs will be given preference in the selection process. Technical assistance in creating a print-ready file is available at cost for selected artists.
Layered Histories: Perspectives on Colonization from the Chaco // Miriam Rudolph
Exhibition Dates: April 21 – May 26, 2023 Opening Reception: Friday, April 21, 2023 @ 5 – 8 pm Artist talk: Saturday April 22, 2023 @ 1pm ASL interpretation will be provided and live captions will be enabled. This talk is free to attend and open to the public. Exhibition Text by Meganelizabeth Diamond – – – Martha Street Studio is pleased to present Layered Histories: Perspectives on Colonization from the Chaco, a solo show by Miriam Rudolph (MB). // Layered Histories: Perspectives on Colonization from the Chaco is an artist’s book that explores the complexities of colonization of the Paraguayan Chaco region through delicately layered etchings and diverging narratives of experiences and history from the perspectives of the Enxet and Enlhet Indigenous people, Anglican missionaries and Mennonite settlers. This collection of prints and texts emerged from an invitation for an artist residency from the Santo Domingo Centre for Excellence in Latin American Research at the British Museum. Rudolph was invited to engage with and create an artistic response to the Paraguay collection that is housed in storage at the British Museum in London, a collection that consists of Indigenous artefacts collected by Anglican missionaries in the early 1900s. This project gave Rudolph the opportunity to research the early colonization history of the Lower Chaco from the Anglican perspective, and to further explore the colonial history of Rudolph’s own roots – the settlement of Mennonites in the Central Chaco beginning in 1927, which resulted in the displacement of the Enlhet Norte. The prints and text excerpts trace the events of early contacts between European missionary explorers, settlers and Indigenous people through the changes in landscape and ways of living to today’s attempts at Indigenous assertion of their rights and tentative perspectives for the future. We often think of colonization as a process of
WOW MOM // Marlene Yuen and Vanessa Hall-Patch
Exhibition Dates: March 3 – April 7, 2023 Opening Reception: March 3, 2023 @ 5 – 8 pm Artist talk: Saturday March 4, 2023 @ 1pm ASL interpretation will be provided and live captions will be enabled. This talk is free to attend and open to the public. Exhibition Text by Christina Hajjar – – – Martha Street Studio is pleased to present WOW MOM, a duo show by Marlene Yuen (BC) and Vanessa Hall-Patch (BC). // Creating a new body of prints can feel very much like parenting: rewarding, messy, energizing, frustrating, colourful and repetitive. While working in a letterpress studio in the spring of 2020, Marlene Yuen discovered a student’s typographical letterpress proof that read WOW. When it was turned upside down, it read MOM. For Yuen and fellow artist and colleague, Vanessa Hall-Patch, the singular word contained a double meaning: WOW MOM. Using a high volume of repeated prints, WOW MOM is a two-person exhibition by Marlene Yuen and Vanessa Hall-Patch, which investigates the repetitive labour taken on by parents, namely mothers. Mothering is one of the most essential labours that one can provide in society, yet it is an invisible form of work that is rarely given its due as skilled, multi-dimensional work. In creating a new series of prints specifically for Martha Street Studio, Yuen and Hall-Patch consider the parallels of parenting and printmaking. The colourful, multi-technique prints (screen, relief, intaglio and cyanotype) are layered and arranged as a large scale installation, visually overwhelming the viewer with repetition, a feeling familiar to parents. Snacks, laundry, lunch boxes, sticks and toys are among a collection of items printed by Yuen and Hall-Patch. Presented in multiples, these objects of comfort and utility embody the ongoing routine and responsibilities of parenting. Full-time working parent artists like Yuen and Hall-Patch create
2022 Inkubator Showcase
Exhibition Dates: December 13 – 22, 2022 Join us Friday, December 16 from 5-8pm in celebrating the achievements of the youth participants of our 2022 INKubator Program!! All are welcome and refreshments will be served. Participating artists: Naomi Barker-Bouchard, Shaneela Boodoo, Dylan Carr, Fay Johnson, Andrew Mingo
Keeping Time // Laura Peturson and Andrew Ackerman
Exhibition Dates: January 13 – February 17, 2023 Opening Reception: Friday January 13, 2023 @ 5 – 8 pm Virtual artist talk: Saturday January 14, 2023 @ 1pm ASL interpretation will be provided and live captions will be enabled. This talk is free to attend and open to the public. Exhibition Text by Hailey Primrose – – – Martha Street Studio is pleased to present Keeping Time, a duo exhibition by Laura Peturson and Andrew Ackerman (ON). Artist Statement // In the large-scale print-based murals of Keeping Time, narrative imagery referencing archetypes from children’s literature captures the peculiar experience of time as a state of simultaneous expansion and contraction. Laura Peturson and Andrew Ackerman’s duo exhibition is inspired by the artists’ experience as parents, collaging figures, natural subject matter such as birds and plant species, along with remnants from child-made forts and structures. These remnants, chosen for their potential to exist in multiple temporal states simultaneously, reference both a time of childhood, and impending adolescence. Originally, these structures provided a space of separation, that allowed for childhood independence and interiority. Their present and future deterioration reference the aging of the children who built them, as well as the constant and cyclical nature of the environment. During the periods of isolation in the covid 19 pandemic, many of us experienced time in a different way, recalling the adage that the days are long, and the years are short. The artists are interested in the contrast between a conception of time that is measurable and evident in the physical world (erratic boulders, decomposition, etc), with a more fluid, impressionistic conception of time that overlaps memory, observation, and thought. The exhibition takes an immersive form, with life-sized prints and painted imagery as mural components, and structural imagery emerging from the walls like a pop-up book
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