Oct. 4, 2018
For Immediate Release
Waterloo – Two new exhibitions open this October in the Library on Wilfrid Laurier University’s Waterloo campus, one in the Robert Langen Art Gallery and the other in microgalleries across from the elevators on the fourth, fifth and sixth floors of the building. A public opening reception for both exhibitions will be held Oct. 17.
Push and Pull, part of the Library’s LIFT series, brings together three artists from Waterloo Region who use printmaking in their work, all with different techniques, materials and styles. Their work will be on display in the Library until August 2019.
Slide Library, by Guelph-based photographer Susan Dobson, will be on display in the Robert Langen Art Gallery from Oct. 15 to Nov. 23.
Push and Pull combines the work of Patrick Cull, Žana Kozomora and Donna Stewart. Cull uses carved woodblocks to make prints on canvas, then adds layers of paint to hide and reveal parts of the prints, giving his work a sense of terrain carved by excavation, erosion or sedimentation. Kozomora explores the role of objects held and passed down by displaced people in her art, which is made using silicon moulds of baroque frames covered in ink and stamped onto collaged paper. Stewart uses a collagraph technique, which creates images from collages of textured materials that are painted and pressed onto a surface to create a print. Each piece has multiple interpretations that challenge viewers to reconsider their assumptions and preconceptions.
“The art of printmaking has exploded into an innovative discipline that has pushed the traditional concepts of the medium into new and exciting directions,” said Suzanne Luke, curator of the Robert Langen Art Gallery. “The diverse works of these local artists definitely reflect the unique techniques and physicality of the printmaking process.”
For Slide Library, Dobson photographed slide collections from university libraries as they were being dismantled and replaced by digital archives. Her photos show both the history depicted through slides as well as the historical nature of the slides themselves; some slides show fingerprints and stains from use, and the packaging they live in is yellowing, faded and damaged. She draws further attention to the mediums used by leaving the rebate and processing marks on some of her prints, which she processed from film.
“Slide Library is a beautiful visual exploration into the defunct resource of slide collections,” said Luke. “This body of work challenges us to re-think the meaning of life cycles, human interaction and the advancement of the digital world.”
Dobson’s photographs have been exhibited in public galleries and festivals around the world and can be found in private, corporate and public collections, including in the National Gallery of Canada. She lives in Guelph, where she is an associate professor of studio art at the University of Guelph.
A public opening reception for both Push and Pull and Slide Library will be held Oct. 17 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Robert Langen Art Gallery. There is no fee to attend and registration is not required.
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The Robert Langen Art Gallery (RLAG) is Wilfrid Laurier University’s visual arts centre. Exhibition programs and activities are connected to the university’s curriculum to foster creative thinking, exploration of ideas and community. For more information on the gallery and its programs, please contact Suzanne Luke, curator, at 519.884.0710 x3801.
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