Ardel Gallery of Modern Art welcomes October with a group exhibition “Departures: Masterpieces of Contemporary Canadian Printmaking” featuring more than 35 works by 17 Canadian artists who are expanding the boundaries of printmaking to pursue their personal visions - forging surprising work imbued with originality and creative significance.
In an age dominated by the images of advertising and the spectacle of the Jumbo-tron, they are extending traditional analogue printmaking techniques like wood-block, mezzotint and screen-printing in tour de force works that address contemporary issues. The resulting work is both highly conceptual and visually seductive.
While Canada is geographically and culturally isolated, its artists are acutely aware of world graphic traditions, drawing freely on Asian and European models. The hybrid images found in this exhibition speak of Canadian artists` search for identity within diversity.
The participating artists are Derek Besant, Elmyna Bouchard, Sean Caulfield, Steven Dixon, Karen Dugas, Alexandra Haeseker, Libby Hague, Florin Hategan, Liz Ingram, Walter Jule, Davida Kidd, Guy Langevin, Marlene MacCallum, Marc Siegner, Robin Smith, Otis Tamasauskas, and Tracy Templeton.
The exhibition opens on October 19 and runs through November 26. The gallery on Boromrachachonnanee Road and is open Tuesday to Saturday, 10.30am to 7pm, and Sunday until 5.30pm. For details, call (02) 422 2092 or visit “Ardel Gallery of Modern Art” page on Facebook.