Art Metropole is pleased to announce a launch for the University of Guelph Artist Press, 2008 Portfolio, comprising three prints in an edition of 30. Featuring new work by James Carl, Nestor Kruger and Derek Sullivan, the folio is a fundraising effort for the School of Fine Art and Music, in support of exceptional young artists in the undergraduate programme. Join us for the launch on Saturday April 5, from 1-3 p.m.
The University of Guelph Artist Print Portfolio is the second folio initiative for the University’s School of Fine Art & Music. Both the first and second folio highlight a Guelph faculty member, an alumnus, and a friend of the university. Each artist volunteered their time and talent, working with Master Printer Allen Ash in the production of their limited edition print. Presented in a cloth hardcover folio, each print comes with a certificate of authenticity.
University of Guelph Artist Press, 2008 Portfolio: James Carl, Nestor Kruger, Derek Sullivan, University of Guelph School of Fine Art and Music.
Screen and litho prints, 22” x 30”, BFK Rives 280 GSM paper, signed/numbered, edition of 30, housed in a cloth portfolio with separate certificates of authenticity for each of the prints. $4000
Based in Toronto, James Carl is one of the cityâ€™s leading artists. He creates small- and large-scale sculpture, made from a wide range of materials, from cardboard to marble, to venetian blinds. In the early 1990s Carl entered the art scene in Montreal by crafting expensive consumer goods (washing machines, stoves) from inexpensive materials such as found cardboard, only to place the finished sculptures back on the streets where their materials were originally retrieved. In a subsequent body of work, Carl carved replicas of disposable electronics out of marble â€“ a traditional sculptorâ€™s material with connotations of permanence. Most recently, Carl constructs large-scale, amorphous sculptures by intricately weaving brightly coloured venetian blinds in a series titled jalousie.
Carl has exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally. Most recently, the first major survey of his work, entitled do you know what, was presented at the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery at the University of Toronto, the Cambridge Galleries Queenâ€™s Square and the MacDonald Stewart Art Centre in Guelph. Other recent shows include: jalousie at Galerie Heinz-Martin Weigand in Karlsruhe, Germany; negative spaces at Florence Loewy in Paris; plot at Vancouverâ€™s Contemporary Art Gallery, and bottom feeder at Mercer Union in Toronto. Carl earned his MFA from Rutgers University and has degrees from McGill, the University of Victoria and the Central Academy of Fine Art in Beijing. His work is in public and private collections across North America and Europe. Currently, Carl is an Associate Professor of Studio Art at the University of Guelph.
Nestor Krger’s studio practice consists of on-site painting installations that create on echo of the presentation space through strategies of mirroring and duplication; digital animations that superimpose an internal rhythmic structure with architectural models and simulated natural environments and recently a series of spatiotemporal sound works. His work has been exhibited nationally including the Power Plant, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the National Gallery, the Contemporary Art Gallery and at Optica in Montreal and internationally, including Germany, Sweden, France, South Korea and in the United Arab Emirates. His work is represented by goodwater gallery in Toronto and can be found in a number of private and public collections. He teaches Drawing and ‘Media Convergence’.
Derek Sullivan was born in 1976 in Richmond Hill, Ontario. He received a BFA from York University and an MFA from the University of Guelph. His multiple National Gallery Catalogue 2004 was included in the exhibition Art Metropole The Top 100 at the National Gallery of Canada (2007). Recently his work was featured in the group exhibitions We Can Do This Now at The Power Plant in Toronto (2007) and Gasoline Rainbows at the Contemporary Art Gallery in Vancouver (2007). He is represented by Jessica Bradley Art + Projects, Toronto.
1: Artists Nestor Kruger and James Carl speak with Guelph School of Fine Art & Music Director John Kissick, and Master Printer Allen Ash. Ash worked with each of the artists involved in the folio.
2: Art Metropole's main space, during the Guelph Folio launch.
3: Art Metropole's Krista Buecking (center), talks with a launch attendee.
4: Tonik (center), talks about artists' books with a customer.
5: James Carl, John Kissick and Allen Ash.
6: The Art Metropole shop.