This August, I was honoured to be invited to exhibit in Petrovac, Montenegro at the Marko K Gregovic Gallery. The exhibition was organized by the Canadian Embassy and has been touring in the area after my exhibition last year in Belgrade. Below are some of the pictures from the exhibition and opening. I am grateful to the gallery and the warm welcome by all the local cultural workers that took us around and shared a bit of their country with us.
I recently took a 3-day workshop at Barbarian Press in Mission, BC, where I learned the basics of letterpress printing from some of the masters in the game. I printed a broadsheet with the lyrics from “Nothing Matters When We’re Dancing” by the Magnetic Fields. It was an excellent opportunity to peruse a range of beautiful printed books, sort through tons of old type, and gain valuable tips on letterpress printmaking. Pictures below!
About a year ago, I was invited by Guy Langevin to participate in a print exhibition that would take place in Taiwan. 25 Canadian artists were to exhibit our works in Taiwan and 25 Taiwanese artists were to exhibit their work here (well, in Quebec). Guy invited three artists from the exhibition (myself, Deborah Chapman, and Mylene Gervais) and a representative from Trois Rivieres (Marie-Eve Berube) to accompany him to the opening in August. It was a whirlwind three days in Taiwan and we were welcomed by the generous and extremely friendly Taiwanese artists. The exhibition would serve as a way for artists in each country to show their works and to build relationships between artists and institutions beyond the exhibition. A catalogue of all of the works in both exhibitions is available.
I recently returned from the 2014 SGCI conference in San Francisco. As always it was great to connect and reconnect with printmakers from around the world. Some highlights included Kathan Brown’s talk, the Open Portfolio sessions, and the opportunity to be introduced to Jiri Anderle’s sublime work in the flesh. Some products to try including water-based etching ink by Charbonnel and a non-toxic ground called B.I.G (it can apparently stand-in for hard, soft and aquatint grounds – available at Takach soon). All my fellow silkscreen friends were nerding-out about a new screen re-streching system from Squeegeeville (who also have some great silkscreen books available).
Hi to anyone I met at SGCI – you can also follow me on Twitter @heatherhuston or on Instagram @printerbird.
I recently headed back to Trois Rivieres to set up my solo exhibition Uncanny Flux at Presse Papier. My work arrived ahead of me and unfortunately one of the houses did not emerge from his journey unscathed. Fortunately, after a day and night in the art hospital and a bit of glue, it was back in the game and ready to go. A few technical misunderstandings later and the show was up. The show is a mixture of silkscreen prints and a couple of my house sculptures. The exhibition is on at Presse Papier from now until March 16th.
Printeresting is one of my favourite printmaking sites and I was thrilled that they recently accepted an article that I wrote about the 8th Biennial International d’Estampe Contemporain de Trois Rivieres (BIECTR). Back in November, I was invited to be part of the jury, an intensive three-day process that was an awesome opportunity to dialogue about amazing prints (in French no less) and I wanted to visit the exhibition once it was up. In June I attended the opening of the exhibition which sprawls across four venues. Its a great selection of works by some amazing artists from around the world. You can read my article here: Trois-Rivieres Survey
I recently returned from Trois Rivieres where I served as a juror for the 8th Bienniale Internationale D’Estampe Contemporaine de Trois Rivieres. I was fortunate to be able to spend several days looking at and discussing prints from all around the world. I greatly look forward to seeing the prints in the summer when they are exhibited. I gave a talk afterwards (in French!) at the Universite de Quebec a Trois Rivieres. It was interesting to consider my ideas in another language and to connect to a different audience.
I was greatly impressed with the depth of culture in Trois Rivieres and the way that they integrate culture into the daily life of the city. I met a great many artists and visited Presse Papier (a print-based artist run center and print shop). My brain is still absorbing the depth of the experience, I know I will be back in Trois Rivieres soon!