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Address: 10123 – 121 Street
Edmonton, AB T5N 3W9

Current Exhibitions

main gallery

Monument: Coding a Woodcut

Beth Howe & Clive McCarthy

Opening Reception: Friday June 23, 2017. 7PM – 9PM

Exhibition Dates
June 22, 2017 – July 29, 2017

This project is a collaboration between printmaker Beth Howe and digital media artist and programmer, Clive McCarthy. We developed custom software to cut large-scale photographic woodcuts of monumental infrastructure and landscape features using a CNC milling machine. The woodcuts are then printed by hand on an etching press.

The large relief prints of Monument: Coding a Woodcut pull together the ubiquitous contemporary tools of algorithms and machine tooling with the histories of woodcut printing. These methods of making are nodes in the same trajectory, following the human impulse to make and multiply images and text, to pass information and ideas to a larger potential audience at ever increasing speed. In combining these anachronistic tools of mass production, a distinct array of aesthetic effects arises. In the process of making prints for Monument, we have watched the failures and constraints of translation (from photograph to custom code to machine cutting to hand printing) generate new visual possibilities: moirés, fouled plates, strange artifacts, unexpected mark-making, and a beautiful wobbly line that was not in the code but perhaps was a ghost in the machine. All these effects reinforce the power of materiality inherent in each way an image is made – whether by carving knife or in units of code.

Beth Howe’s practice investigates the built environment and how architecture affects and reflects the way we perceive and understand landscape. Her work involves printmaking, drawing, artist’s books and multiples and she currently serves as Associate Professor in Print Media at Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver, BC. Clive McCarthy was born in Upton Park, London and following his graduation from University of Salford, he worked in the semiconductor industry. His engineering work ranged from working in a wafer fab clean room to managing a chip and software development organization with 200 employees. His artwork invariably uses computers and he is based in San Francisco, CA. Beth and Clive have collaborated on combining code and relief printing since 2010.


community gallery

Fractures

Emmanuel Osahor

Opening Reception: Friday June 23, 2017. 7PM – 9PM

Exhibition Dates
June 22, 2017 – July 29, 2017

This collection of photographs explores the complex duality that exists in Edmonton as a result of dynamic levels of marginalization and separation. Utilizing a process of photographic manipulation, these images reflect the challenge of questioning the dual nature of existence in contemporary society.

Growing up in a developing country with high levels of poverty, I became aware of the various levels of separation and marginalization that exist as a result of the class and ethnic rivalry that has crippled the foundations of my country’s existence. Moving to Canada in 2010, I made the assumption that the grass was most likely greener here, and during my first few years residing here – removed from the larger community as I mainly focused on my university education – I believed I was right. I was able to convince myself that the sense of community disconnect which existed in Nigeria did not exist here. However over the past 3 years as I have worked increasingly outside of my initial circle and built relationships with members of marginalized populations in Edmonton, I have become very aware of the other side of “Canadian life”, inhabited by equally complex systems of marginalization and separation, delineated most times by racial and class structures.

The images in this collection were developed out of a desire to explore this nature of dual existence in contemporary society. The images are created through a process of layering and scanning multiple film negatives together in order to create a single image. Each negative contains an image captured through a street photographic process that provides a glimpse into the various facets of human interactions within this city. The new images created through the scanning pro-cess, reveal fractions of the initial photographs while concealing others, reflecting through their visual complexity the complex nature of our existence and interrelationships as a community.


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Wednesday 12— 6 pm
Thursday 12 – 7 pm
Friday 12 – 5 pm
Saturday 12 – 5 pm

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