Post by Helen Lam
Are you looking for a visual art exhibit as part of the National Arts Centre Canada Scene? Open Edition shows the diversity and depth of Canadian printmaking across the decades. Produced in partnership with Canada Scene, Carleton University Art Gallery’s Open Edition is open to the public free of charge from June 5 through to August 20.
Printmaking is an art form that’s been around for hundreds of years. In fact, even today when you think of printmaking, the most famous examples that come to mind are likely the Japanese woodblock prints of Edo-period artist Katsushika Hokusai.
Open Edition shows works from featured Canadian artists as well as works from international artists from the Carleton University archives. The result is a vibrant look into 400 years of printmaking in Europe and Canada. The prints stretch across time, featuring landscapes, historical events, myths and personal stories. The exhibit shows the medium’s evolution from a method of reproduction to its own form of creative expression. For art and graphic design lovers, the exhibit is an unusually large gathering of prints that you won’t want to miss. Even those done decades ago retain their immediacy with a bold, minimalist aesthetic that feels modern.
For art and graphic design lovers, the exhibit is an unusually large gathering of prints that you won’t want to miss.
Highlights include the prints of Inuit artist Ningiukulu Teevee. Her prints have a vibrant and soulful feel. Teevee’s distinctive prints tell stories about culture, history and the people of the North. Teevee, as well as the other featured artists, will be in conversation at Carleton University about the exhibition throughout June. Open Edition is a beautiful corner of Canada Scene that you can explore at your own pace.