Formed in 2010 to provide a publicly-accessible printmaking studio and to build the printmaking community in Saskatoon, Ink Slab Printmakers completed set-up of their downtown studio in 2012. Fair & Square is their first exhibition since being able to start expanding their membership, showcasing the growth and diversity these new members have brought. With the majority of prints following a 10" x 10" format but with no conceptual restrictions, each artist will be exhibiting work representative of their current practice while presenting these in a unified form that speaks to the collaborative nature of the group.
Fair & Square by Ink Slab Printmakers is being shown at void from May 2nd - June 2nd, 2013.
Reception: Friday, May 24th, 7 - 9 pm.
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Tyson is a Saskatoon-based visual artist. He recently completed his Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of Saskatchewan. Originally from Nipawin, SK he moved to Saskatoon to receive an education and currently maintains a prolific studio practice from his downtown studio. His practice consists of an ever-expanding list of media including: drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, and installation. Tyson frequently works collaboratively on paintings in a studio setting, performed painting with an audience, and intervention art.bio hide bio
Patrick Bulas has received both his BFA and MFA from the University of Alberta. Currently he is the printmaking studio technician and a sessional instructor at the University of Saskatchewan. He has spent the past several years trying to understand the wonder and beauty of the universe through woodcut, etching, and mezzotint. His latest series of prints depict his cat Lucy sleeping on a variety of animals. He’s pretty sure there’s a connection between the imagined sleeping habits of his cat and the mysteries of the universe, but he hasn’t found it yet.bio hide bio
Jillian Cyca is a Saskatoon based artist who works mainly in silkscreen printing, but has also included papermaking, drawing and pottery in her practice. Since graduating from the University of Saskatchewan in 2009 (Double Honours BA, Studio Art/Art History), she has been working in various streams of visual art,including art education and art restoration.
When it comes to printmaking, Jillian loves simple imagery, subtle colours and the effects of layering that one can achieve with silkscreen.
Keeley Haftner is a Saskatoon-based artist whose work is emerging through notions of tradition, satire, gender, archive, labour, and transience. Keeley received her BFA in 2011 from Mount Allison University where she specialized in painting, printmaking, and sculpture. Though an emerging artist, she has already obtained an expansive list of grants, awards, professional and exhibition experience. She is the New Brunswick winner of the 2011 BMO Financial Group’s 1st Art! Art Competition, she has done a number of residencies across Canada and the U.S, she participated in Toronto's 2012 Nuit Blanche, and recently exhibited video work in Seoul, South Korea.bio hide bio
Monique Martin is a multi-disciplinary artist and art educator dividing her creation time between Saskatoon, Ottawa and
Vancouver. Monique works in printmaking, clay, sculpture and pastels. Her work often involves public participation.
Monique is also an art educator. She received the Governor General's Award for Excellence in Teaching Canadian History (2007) and the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence in (2009). Monique has been nominated for the YWCA Women of Distinction and for the Lieutenant Governor's Arts Award for Innovation in the Arts (2006) and Arts and Learning (2012). Monique was named one of the Top 100 printmakers in Canada in the National Printmaking Awards. Monique is also a two-time winner of a National Teaching Award for combining art into other subject areas.
Elizabeth McCorkell is a visual artist currently residing in Saskatoon. She completed her BFA from the University of Saskatchewan in 2010, with a focus in printmaking. She is a member of Ink Slab printmaking collective, also based in Saskatoon.
She often focuses on themes of memory and childhood, which contributes to the resulting sense of playfulness found in her work. She draws on her experiences growing up on the prairies and her strong Scottish heritage (she is a Highland dancer and teacher) as inspiration.
Michael Peterson received his BFA with a focus in Printmaking in 2009 and a B.Sc. in Mathematics in 2010, both from the University of Saskatchewan. With two partners he opened void gallery in September 2012 to promote and sell the works of local, emerging artists. From 2010 - 2012 he worked for the University of Saskatchewan in a variety of roles, including as a Sessional Lecturer, Web Designer for the Department of Art & Art History, Printmaking Technician, and Gallery Assistant at Gordon Snelgrove Gallery. Prior to opening void, he was the Gallery Coordinator at Esteem for the Home Gallery. He is a founding member of Ink Slab, Saskatoon's only printmaking collective, as well as Finding City, an open project that builds relationships between artists and the larger community through collaborative activities focussed on the experience of contemporary urban living. In September, Michael will be entering the Masters of Design program at Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver.bio hide bio
Alana Unruh (Moore) is a Saskatoon-based artist whose work has been exploring how individuals are in the state of connecting or disconnecting from themselves, each other and technology. Since completing her BFA from the University of Saskatchewan in 2013, her painting, drawing and printmaking explore notions of gender, labour, philosophy and mental health. She is also working on a few collaborative community projects.
As an emerging artist, Alana has received the Michael S. Misanchuck Memorial Travel Grant, which brought her to New York City, and has been profiled in Engage, the SaskCulture Magazine. Alana plans to keep applying for residencies while learning languages and saving up for a microscope.