Organized for the 2021 edition of the International Print Triennial and currently presented at the Gallery of Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow, the exhibition “ProTO-type(s): Experimental Contemporary Canadian Printmaking” explores the experimental directions in contemporary printmaking and – with a truly experimental approach – celebrates the conceptual collision between tradition and technology.
The “ProTO-type(s)” exhibition is curated by Derek Besant, an internationally renowned Canadian print artist from Calgary and a curator of several thematic international print exhibitions around the globe.
Twenty-one contemporary print artists from across Canada have been invited by Besant to construct new works that address unexpected intersections of print media, drawing, and photography to develop images in the spirit of what is accomplished by prototypes. The exhibition will be presented until August 24, 2021.
The roster of printmakers from across Canada includes:
- from British Columbia: Briar Craig, Julie Oakes
- from Alberta: Derek Besant, Sean Caulfield, John Dean, Karen Dugas, Alexandra Haeseker, Bernd Hildebrandt, Liz Ingram, Walter Jule, Jewel Shaw
- from Saskatchewan: Jordan Baraniecki, Patricia Olynyk, Tracy Templeton
- from Ontario: Yael Brotman, Libby Hague, Richard Sewell
- from Quebec: Bonnie Baxter, René Derouin, Jo Ann Lanneville
- from Nova Scotia: Mark Bovey
Jacek Malec, Harcourt House’s Executive Director/Chief Curator, contributed the essay dedicated to the history of printmaking in Canada, which will soon be featured in the on-line exhibition catalogue.
The exhibition will be presented until August 24, 2021.
Top Image: Fragment of the installation of the exhibition “ProTO-types” at the Gallery of Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow, Poland.
Photo courtesy of Vira Kosina-Polanska.