Martha Street Studio: Trace elements by Kelsey Stephenson, February 20 - March 20

Trace elements by Kelsey Stephenson

Exhibition dates:February 20 - March 20, 2020

Opening reception: Thursday February 20, 5-8pm

Artist will be in attendance

Artist talk: Saturday February 22, 2pm
ASL interpretation provided upon request

Trace elements includes a series of small edition and monoprint works developed over the last two years, using eight larger format etching plates as the basis for imagery and printing. While some works have been printed and editioned, many utilize the traces left by ghost prints and a spontaneous approach to combining prints and plates together to create new works as monoprints. The installation divining in this exhibition uses both audio and visuals to create a sense of place within the gallery. "Alberta," by Alex Gray, plays on a loop in the background, allowing both visual and sound to draw viewers in. As our bodies enter the landscape of the gallery, the fragile paper is disturbed, making it move and rustle. Combined, the individual squares making up divining present as a single piece as though seeing an aerial view of landscape, observing impressions left behind by thousands of years, or a short period of flood of erosion from water.

Kelsey Stephenson is an Edmonton based artist working with ideas of place-based memory and identity, and the changes imposed on landscape through human agency, intentionally or not. She works primarily with printmaking and print based installation in her practise. Kelsey's work has been shown in solo exhibitions across western Canada and in the USA, as well as nationally and internationally within juried group exhibitions. Recent group exhibitions include the 37th Bradley International, at Bradley University in Illinois (USA), the 2nd International Print Biennial Łódz 2018, in Łódz (Poland), and the 2018 Okanagan Print Triennial, in Kelowna, BC. Kelsey currently teaches at the University of Alberta, and has previously taught at the Alberta University of the Arts (Alberta College of Art + Design).

Find more of her work online at www.kstephenson.ca or on Instagram at @kstephenson_print.

Martha Street Studio gratefully acknowledges the Canada Council for the Arts, the Manitoba Arts Council and Winnipeg Arts Council for their dedicated support of our professional programming.

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Martha Street Studio is located at 11 Martha Street. A loading zone is located on the street at the front of the building. Martha Street Studio is an accessible space with a lift and two accessible washrooms located on the second floor.

ASL interpretation is available upon request for the artist talk with Briana Palmer scheduled on February 22, 2pm. Requests must be submitted by 5pm on February 19 by emailing askmartha@printmakers.mb.ca or calling 204-779-6253.

These events are free to attend and open to the public