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Graff, centre de conception graphique – Presented at ARPRIM, Regroupement pou la promotion de l’art imprimé

February 27 – March 10, 2010

Belfast Print Workshop, in Northern Ireland

Since its inception in 1982 SNAP has regularly held exhibitions of its members’ work celebrating the collective energy that has maintained this shared workshop, this labor of love. And labour it is, at times overwhelming, at times bone numbing and at times bone-crushing.

We have moved a few times over the years, each time striving to “make it better”; it is truly amazing that despite all of the trying times there have been even more wonderful experiences that we continue to celebrate and recall with laughter and joy.

Still, what is it about this place, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, too far north for much of a summer, so flat you can see the weather coming long before it gets here, so dry and with way too much winter? My theory is that with all of that weather there is lots of time to get cozy, to think, to make art and even enough time to keep SNAP ticking along. It must have been a long cold winter because SNAP has been doing more than just tick along. We are inspired and invigorated by our many recent successes: events like Edmonton Prints 2008 and Edmonton Print International 2008, an ever-expanding roster of internationally acclaimed print artists exhibiting in our gallery and the many prizes, awards, and achievements of our members locally and abroad.

SNAP is a collective and as such is a reflection of its members’ abilities and contributions. SNAP is its membership and everything it has achieved is the result of the hard work and energy of everyone involved. PROSPECTUS reflects a small portion of the potential that is bubbling and growing in the studio and coursing through the veins from the hearts to the minds and eventually to the fingers of the printmakers that make SNAP their home.

Printmaking by its very nature is graphic and it is this quality that underscores an intensity which demands intimacy. This intimacy at times can be explained by the nature of the work, drawing-like, detailed and dimensional. The intimacy is also due to the scale of the work, tending towards small or medium sized pieces of paper. All of these characteristics help us lean in and get physically closer to the work in order to examine the mark-making and the many details as we inquire to ourselves, “What is that?” or “How was that done?”

The prints in PROSPECTUS talk about the intimacy and immediacy of drawing and mark-making and the importance of connecting on a very physical level to ideas that manifest themselves in this ancient art form. Perhaps even more important these days is the use of analogue methods in the age of digital media where the contrast alone forces us to consider the validity of both methods. The methods employed by our members are varied and they include both analogue and digital techniques. It is interesting to regard each artist’s approach, how they interpret mark-making and which combinations of mark-making are appropriate for their particular vision. I suspect that the possibilities available in the digital realm will allow for an even greater degree of intimacy and sophistication for those that choose to combine it with their analogue methods. Those that remain ensconced in the analogue will also benefit from the digital by virtue of the contrast their work will provide in comparison.
Whatever the method, in the end SNAP will continue to provide an engaging and stimulating dialogue with communities at home and abroad as well as a nurturing environment that furthers the studio practices of our members.

- Marc Siegner, September 2009

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