Throw out your masters: Risograph printing across North America
Curated by Void Gallery
May 16 to June 24, 2019
Opening: Thursday, May 16, 8pm
Curated by Void Gallery, Throw out your masters will showcase works from a number of Risograph studios across Canada, North America and beyond. Each studio is represented by a single work or small body of works by a professional artist associated with the studio. Void is also working with three local artists (Alani Caruso-Fitterer, Jen Schier, and Isaac Thomas) in the form of mini residencies, teaching them the methods of Risograph printing and resulting in the production of a work by each artist for the exhibition. The works by the selected professional artists (local, national, and international) will be displayed on the gallery walls, while further prints and the ephemera of Risograph materials from each studio will be displayed in a “reading room” in the gallery, available for visitors to look through. Following the exhibition, all Risograph materials will be collected into Void’s archive and made available as inspiration for members.
Void Gallery is a non-profit screen print and Risograph studio. We support local artists and the local arts community through training, provision of space and equipment, and community-outreach programming. Since opening in 2012, we have worked to create a market for local art that hasn’t found a home in Saskatoon’s gallery system. We focus on art that is accessible to the general public, including t-shirts and posters. Relationships are at the centre of what we do. In particular, we work with members of underserved communities – including Indigenous peoples, newcomers, and youth – to learn from them and improve our operations and programming in response.
Based in Saskatoon, Alani Caruso-Fitterer is a multi-disiplinary artist in an open-relationship with clay. Alani holds a BFA from NSCAD University where their focus was sculpture, ceramics and indigenous art history. Playing between craft and contemporary art, their practise explores aesthetics of the lunar cycles and water, repetition as ritual, and tools of survival in physical and psychic spaces. Passionate about accessibility and community, Alani has facilitated ceramic workshops and art classes for beginners of all ages. Lune’s Essentials is a line of small batch ceramic jewellery and wares for the home and beyond that she has been producing since moving to the prairies in 2016.
Jen Schier is a graphic artist with a background in art history. Her recent work explores the female form, often presenting nudes in a vivid and colourful way. Her pieces carry themes of body positivity and self love, sometimes with florals and natural elements tied in. She is continually honing her illustration skills and exploring various artistic media and techniques. Her current focus is on printmaking and illustration. She works with linocuts, block printing, and printing patterns for paper goods as well as textile design.
Isaac is a self taught graphic designer who hails from Kamsack. He is currently living in Shellbrook after a long stint in Saskatoon working a screen printer at Hardpressed. Constantly dabbling in random projects over the years from t-shirt graphics to event posters, he recently started producing work under the monicker “Glad Line Graphic Design.”
AKA is an artist-run centre operating on Treaty Six Land that encompasses the traditional homeland of numerous First Nations, including Cree, Dene, Plains Cree, Nakota, Saulteaux, and Ojibwe, and the homeland of the Métis Nation.
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