I See China by Dieter Haase, Germany
Mandarin Woman with child by Ana Zerjal, Slovenia
Circle by Guo Xinping, China
April 30 to June 26, 2016
This exhibition is a selection of handmade monotype print works from the International Creation Camp in November, 2014 in Zhangjiajie, Hunan, China. This biennial Creation Camp is sponsored by Pullman Hotels and Resorts.
Guest artists at the Creation Camp were from Asia, Europe and North America including six Canadians - three from southwest Saskatchewan – artist Stephanie Kaduck and curator Kim Houghtaling of Swift Current, and printmaker Gordan Novak of Admiral.
Hosted to a nine day stay at the local luxurious Pullman Hotel, they enjoyed wonderful accommodations and beautiful meals. The artists visited the exotic floating mountains of Zhangjiajie National Forrest. They were treated to performing arts shows and made day trips to ancient villages and interesting cities in the region. All of these experiences informed and inspired the paintings they made in the artist studios provided at the Pullman Hotel.
Working with master printmaker Gordan Novak, twenty-eight of the artists produced monotype prints. The process involves the artist painting their imagery onto a large sheet of glass using a water based printing ink. The printmaker presses an appropriate sized sheet of rice paper into the painted area and while carefully controlling the wetness of the ink and paper the image is transferred and the paper is lifted from the glass. The printed paper is then hung to dry in the manor imitated in this exhibition.
Monotype prints differ from other forms of handmade prints in that each print has unique qualities and differences from the other prints in the image-edition. In effect each print is one of a kind, hence the description “monotype” print or “mono-print”. Because of the uniqueness of each print and the painterly approach to image making, the monotype print making process gives artists the freedom to play with the expressive qualities in two-dimensional art making. The results are beautiful, spontaneous, dynamic and fun.
This exhibition presents over fifty examples of monotype prints from the Creation Camp printmaking workshop. The works are large and bold. They are presented studio-style - clustered close to each other and filling the room, unframed and raw – busy and vibrant and reminiscent of the printmaking studio experience.
Exhibition Curator is Kim Houghtaling, AGSC.
A printed publication about this project and the Creation Camp experience will be out later this year.
Public viewing during regular gallery hours is free and everyone is welcome!
Guided group tours are available.
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Exhibition Viewing Hours:
Monday to Thursday - 1 to 5pm and 7 to 9pm
Friday to Sunday - 1 to 5pm
Closed during exhibition changes, statutory holidays, and Sundays in July & August.
(Dates and hours subject to change due to special events and availability of volunteers. Please call ahead to avoid disappointment.)