Gerrard Art Space Print Show

It’s still up until July 31, so today wasn’t my last chance to see the show, though I thought it was. I didn’t want to miss seeing Elizabeth Forrest‘s entries and I thought that the other works might be by her students. Wrong again.

under-coverElizabeth Forrest, Under Cover, 2007, mokuhanga (3/9) $500

Above is my favourite, and not just because Danica is a quilter. It’s nice and big, colourful without being garish and composed in a relaxed, informal way … as comfortable as can be.

Eleven more artists are represented in the show: Janine Lindgren, Nik Fydyshyn, Amy Uyeda, Avril Bull, Irina Schestakowich, Shelley Savor, Pam Belshaw, Phyllis Gordon, Peggy Bell, Andre Zadorozny and Elizabeth Sacca.

I was pleasantly surprised by the level of accomplishment. These block printers have obviously been developing their art for years. Also pleasing; the variety on display … in style, size, technique and expression.

details-printsLeft: Detail and print, Janine Lindgren, Heart Wood, 1996 (1/30) $350   Right: Nyk Fydishyn, The Feather, 2006 (3/15) $160

Janine Lindgren’s work is intriguing. I wish I knew more about how she exploits wood grain and growth rings but modifies them to hold imagery. Did she find that heart in the cherry tree rings? Or did she create it?

Nyk Fydishyn’s The Feather is a tiny little print, beautifully crafted. It’s listed as a wood engraving rather than a woodblock print. I like to see that such deft, traditional skill is still alive.

What a Relief! Woodblock Print Show
July 13 to July 31
Gerrard Art Space
1475 Gerrard Street East
Open Wednesday to Sunday, 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

5 thoughts on “Gerrard Art Space Print Show”

  1. Bill, thanks so much for your comments about the show. Indeed many of the entrants were my students some more recent than others. Janine LIndgren was my student many years ago (70’s) at the Ontario College of Art as it was called then. Janine then subsequently developed a professional career as sculptor and printmaker. Her amazing prints employ woodgrain (I’m not sure how she does it either) and mythic imagery celebrating women. I hope we’ll see more of her work in future shows at GAS. I was glad to make Nyk’s acquaintance recently at my previous solo show at GAS. His fine wood engravings reflect the craftsman’s approach to carving in hard wood and achieving fine detail which I’m so glad is represented and so beautifully, in this show. I want to thank Joanne Filletti owner/director of GAS for her insightful hanging of the show – often the unsung art of “making” an exhibition.

  2. Aha! I wasn’t completely wrong. Some of the other artists HAVE been your students in the past. But I was expecting a lot of “student work” and found a show full of work by experienced artists. Thanks for explaining that they are not recent students.

    Perhaps one day I’ll get down to 401 Richmond when Janine is in her studio. I’d love to ask her about her techniques. Sculpture and woodblock carving seem like similar paths, in a way.

    Good mention of Joanne Filletti. You’re right. She deserves a lot of credit for the way GAS is developing. A rare talent.

  3. I really like what I see here. Especially Elizabeth Forrest’s ‘Under Cover’, it has texture and softness just like a quilt. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Hi Donna, Thanks for you comment. The Undercover piece is actually a “pretty” print with a message…that under the innocence of the quilt cover, well there are things happening undercover too hence the monochrome and darker shapes seen through the billowing, opaque underside on the left. (It’s a political and interpersonal metaphor : ) ). Real quilt designs from books and the internet and the feel of my antique Amish quilt on my bed were inspirations. I also used blind embossing (impressing the paper on an uninked surface) to recreate the puffiness of the quilt. This is the first time I’ve really had a chance to show these pieces (the other being, Counterpane) so I appreciate the positive feedback, thankyou.

  5. I’m going back for another look, now that you’ve mentioned the duality of meaning, Elizabeth. I did observe the blind embossing, which is very effective.

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