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.
Elizabeth 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.
Left: 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.