READing the sky
Terry and I flew to Edmonton on January 2nd and spent a surprisingly warm week installing my show, giving a workshop on using screen-printing as a resist for indigo dyes, participating in studio visits with SNAP members, and giving two artist talks. Albertans really are a friendly bunch—special thanks to April, Morgan, Amanda and Sean for making us feel so welcome, as well as the people from Elm Cafe for making such delicious sandwiches. For all of you printmakers out there; check out SNAP! It's a great place to show and work. http://www.snapartists.com/gallery/
Three cheers to the Ontario Arts Council for an exhibition assistance grant in support of this show.
PRINTOPOLIS Reviewed For the National gallery of canada!
A nice start to the new year and my sabbatical—not too shabby. The book is also in their bookstore.
Ox-BoW, School of Art & Artists' Residency
In August, Terry and I spent an amazing two weeks as part Ox-Bow's Faculty Residency. Too many highlights to capture everything, but we made a short documentary in honour of our stay. http://www.ox-bow.org/
God Love brigus II
The second iteration of God Love Brigus opened last week at Calgary's Alberta Printmakers. Terry and I had great time, especially getting to know Carrie Phillips Kieser the Executive Director of the printshop. This time I took a more bookish approach, incorporating swaths of book-cloth on a table jam-packed with objects, ceramics, drawings and text.
Tracy Wormsbecker also wrote a thoughtful essay that illuminates some of the narratives: http://media.wix.com/ugd/76a681_bb0c4629248e463bacffd42185472eab.pdf.
Jenn Law and I have have been working on an epic project for the past 5 years—a 300-page survey of contemporary printmaking in Canada called Printopolis. The book launches on Friday November 25th at Open Studio in Toronto at 6:30pm; drop by for a peek and if your feeling flush, pick up a copy! Here's a blog post about the book:
Follow the bones
This summer Terry and I are working on a feature-length documentary called Follow the Bones. The story unravels the mystery of a 73 million year old bone bed — a place where hundred of dinosaurs died en masse. Tucked into a cliff that overlooks Pipestone Creek in Northern Alberta, the story follows the bones through the hands of amateurs, archivists, palaeontologists, curators and exhibit designers. The bones, lost in the archives for close to a decade and then painstakingly pieced together, tell us what it takes to build a world-class museum in a town of 1,300 people. The film (part graphic novel, part creative non-fiction and part documentary) includes a cast of characters that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Follow the Bones is set to debut soon.