The Printmaker, is a collaborative print project featuring eight Open Studio Artist Members and will be on display this fall at the Stantec Window Gallery.
The Concept behind The Printmaker
“Cadavre exquis” or “exquisite corpse” started as a surrealist parlour game and has evolved to become a significant approach to collaborative art making. The power of the exquisite corpse methodology is how creative connections are made through surprising links in line, form and contingent expression. The Printmaker is created using an “exquisite corpse” inspired process, consisting of eight parts created by eight different artists, using a variety of printmaking techniques.
The Printmaker exemplifies the creative outcomes so valued by the surrealists: chance, collaboration and spontaneity. The print is started by an individual artist and then handed over to the next collaborator. The pieces are tied together by a large outlined figure (the printmaker) holding a variety of printmaking tools.
Ultimately, The Printmaker epitomizes the creative, collaborative process that is an abiding principle of Open Studio’s mission.
Alex R.M. Thompson