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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. This talk is free to attend and open to the public. Please note that the talk will be recorded. If you prefer not to be recorded, please ensure your video is turned off when joining the Zoom meeting. 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
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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
The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
by Niamh Dooley, 2021 September 30th is The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation The studio will be closed during regular hours while our staff and board take time to reflect and listen and learn. To commemorate the day, we commissioned artist Niamh Dooley to create the poster design you see above, and printed 200 copies to give away. On September 28th and 29th, between 10am and 4:30pm, the first 50 people that knock on the door of the studio will be given two copies of the poster. We are giving each person two copies in hopes that one is kept and one is hung up in their neighbourhood. Additional copies will be distributed throughout the city by our staff. It is a beautiful print with an enduring message and we are happy to be able to produce and share it with our communities. From the artist: “The design is referencing imagery from my kookim and imagery of myself as a baby in a tikinigan (cradle board) with a star blanket design honouring and respecting Indigenous culture and people, and remembering those who came before us.” Niamh Dooley is an Anishininew (Oji-Cree) and Irish artist, based in Winnipeg, MB, Treaty 1 territory. Niamh is originally from Sioux Lookout, ON, Treaty 3 territory, and a band member of St. Theresa Point First Nation, MB, Treaty 5 territory, part of the Island Lake communities.
gathered together // Chief Lady Bird, Isaac Murdoch, Lapiztola, Lido Pimienta, and Whess Harman
Exhibition Dates: Friday, September 10 – Friday, October 8, 2021Please review our COVID-19 procedures here. Exhibition text by Julia Lafreniere here. Martha Street Studio is pleased to present gathered together, a curated exhibition by Chloe Chafe, Adrienne Huard, and Mariana Muñoz Gomez. Curatorial statement: We would first like to acknowledge that we are on the original lands of Anishinaabe, Ininiwak, Anishininiwak, Dakota, and Dene Peoples, and on the Homeland of the Métis Nation. This is Treaty 1 Territory. Art existing in public spaces has the power to shape neighbourhoods, to acknowledge the land we live on and come from, and to tell stories. Streets and online spaces become spaces wherein artists use graphics and direct engagement to facilitate communication in their communities amidst challenging political climates. Artists are the voice for movements and they offer access to complex stories by reinterpreting the issues at hand. They use their beautiful and striking images to create change. This exhibition focuses on the effective design that artists Chief Lady Bird, Isaac Murdoch, Lapiztola, Lido Pimienta, and Whess Harman create from a place of care and collaboration. Their power to create dialogue through various mediums is celebrated in and beyond the gallery walls. An ethos of care, empowerment, and resistance is imperative to identifying and undoing the oppressive mechanisms of colonialism. Working as a musician, artist, and curator, Lido Pimienta embodies these values in her everyday praxis. Through her actions and creative practice, Pimienta explores themes including gender, race, and resilience. Her visual work is as exuberant and playful as her music and shares a boundless joy with her community. As part of gathered together and Wall-to-Wall Culture and Mural Festival, audiences are invited to join a conversation with Pimienta, presented in partnership with The Uniter. Lapiztola and Isaac Murdoch strive to use their art for positive social
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