Instinctive Travels


Melissa Schulenberg, numb, 2007, Lithograph, 18″ x 24″

Centre[3] for Artistic + Social Practice Presents:

Instinctive Travels
Jamison Chās Banks
John Rasimus
Melissa Schulenberg

April 14 – May 29, 2021
Curated by Jason Lujan

This exhibition brings together three artists whose approaches to the medium of printmaking have evolved over time to become personal in subject matter and outcome. Making narrative visual does not preoccupy them; rather the included works track the activity backward; the making and the made overlap and conflate. Instinctive Travels have just started; as of yet have started; may have started some time ago.


Jamison Chās Banks is a multi-disciplinary artist who creates films, paintings, performances, and installations whose works have mined military history, blood memory, and the politics of exile. He usually begins with an area of investigation that spawns a series of interrelated artworks in different media. Banks appropriates and alters symbols employed in propaganda and popular culture and redeploys them in contexts that subvert their original meanings. He is currently a Visiting Instructor at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe (Banks is also an alum of the institution.)

John Rasimus’ practice ranges from large-scale installations, small drawings, woodcuts printed on large canvases, and animated films. He frequently exhibits his entire process, from drawings to paintings and sculptures made of MDF board. One characteristic expression for Rasimus is his folded print work, folded paper or cardboard referencing real objects around him, and then adds visualities combining his dry Swedish wit and his obsession with American Old-West popular culture (cowboys, guitars). The artist resides in Falun, Sweden, where he runs his studio and exhibition space, Best Friends Showroom.

Melissa Schulenberg is an artist/printmaker who currently resides in Canton, New York where she is professor of art and holds the L.M. and G.L. Flint Professorship in Fine Arts at St. Lawrence University.

Schulenberg’s work takes inspiration from observed organic forms, the natural landscape, and her immediate surroundings. At times her work offers the viewer two options simultaneously, presenting images as broad vistas and as microscopic investigations. These “scapes,” as the artist calls them, may contain a horizon yet offer a view into a smaller, contained environment.

Jason Lujan is originally from Marfa, Texas. As a practicing artist Lujan’s current work is about cultural leveling; the process by which different cultures approach each other as a result of travel and communication and can also refer to the process by which culture is exported and diffused into other nations and communities, and later homogenized. Largely utilizing cultural, commercial, and political design rooted in Asia and North America, the work focuses on the exchange of ideas, meanings, and values, and questioning the concepts of authorship and authenticity.

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Our 173 James North location is partially physically accessible. We have a level entrance leading to our shop, information desk, galleries, washroom and traditional print studio. Unfortunately, we do not have automatic doors or an elevator. Our silkscreen studios and digital lab are only accessible by stairs. We are working toward becoming a physically accessible space in the future.

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Centre[3] for Artistic + Social Practice
173 James St. N
Hamilton, ON
L8R 2K9

This exhibition is generously supported by the Ontario Arts Council.

The artist talk is generously supported by the Canada Council for the Arts.