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Moving Image(s)


Written by Amrita Chandra

With the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in full swing, everyone in town has movies on the brain.

Open Studio had the brilliant idea to capture film fever with their current exhibitions, all 3 of which give a nod to film in their own way.


In the George Gilmour Members’ Gallery, artist Sandra Haar created a series of screenprints that juxtapose her memories of a scene from a feature film with representations from the original. Walking through the exhibit was like being in a real-life flip book, albeit in slow motion.



The main gallery had a wonderful group exhibition featuring artists Tara Cooper & Terry O’Neill, Libby Hague, Jennifer Linton, Marina Roy, Ho Tam and Cybèle Young. The twist was that their work was shown as a series of short films, all incorporating print-based animation techniques. I was struck by how these artists – and Open Studio – pushed the boundary of what I imagined to be “printmaking”, and gave me a whole new appreciation of how versatile the medium is.



In the Print Sales gallery we have a very special exhibition by renowned artist Spring Hurlbut, in collaboration with master lithographer Kevin Haas. Hurlbut follows the precedent of kissing the litho stone set by artist Joyce Wieland, to create 3 prints that marry the imprint of her mouth with artfully laid prose that had more than a few people smiling when I attending the opening.

As an added bonus, there is a special free screening of a Spring & Arnaud documentary that tells the love story of Hurlbut and her late partner, celebrated Canadian photographer Arnaud Maggs. The screening and a Q&A is happening on Friday, September 25, 2015 at 6:00 PM at Urbanspace Gallery.


Header image: Andrew Hitchcock under a Creative Commons license

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