Matrix Exhibit and January First Thursday

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    Matrix – An exhibition of contemporary printmaking by Jo-Ann Sheen and Edith Krause at The Fort Gallery, January 11-29, 2017.

    Matrix, Latin for “womb” is defined as the environment or material in which something develops. In printmaking, the matrix is the plate or stencil from which the prints are made.

    Carrying on from a previous series using packaging materials as a theme, Sheen has chosen a plastic water bottle as her matrix. Instead of the traditional edition, she decided to print them differently, experimenting with colour, paper, collage, construction and deconstruction. The process became a collaboration with the matrix.

    Krause’s plates continue a thread of exploration into the issue of plankton and plastic: the problem of human-generated micro-plastics contaminating the oceans, rivers and lakes, and substituting for plankton in the diets of filter-feeding animals, a consequence of initially unwitting decisions. Which plates, the plankton images or the plastic bread tags, became dominant in the prints depended on the choices she made in inking the plates.

    Join us at the opening reception, which be held in conjunction with our January First Thursday community arts event, Thursday, January 12th, 7-9pm (which is actually the second Thursday of the month). Each month the Fort Gallery hosts a variety of visual artists, writers and poets, and musicians from the local community who share their gifts and creations. On January 12th, we welcome Celeste Snowber, Ph.D., a dancer, writer, poet and educator.

    Celeste creates and performs site-specific work in connection to the natural world and has created performances in the space between land and sea. She is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University, as well as the Artist in Residence in the UBC Botanical Garden where she is creating seasonal performances of dance and poetry which emerge out of the context of the Asian Garden. Her love of improvisation fused with dance, spoken word and poetry take flight in her performances, which weave the depth, absurdity and beauty of life.