Early Printmaking in Ulukhaktok (Holman)

11 May

Sunday, we officially opened our newest special exhibition: Bold Images In Stone: Stonecut Printmaking in Ulukhaktok. In collaboration with Canadian Arctic Producers, MIA is exhibiting seven print blocks from Ulukhaktok for the first time alongside annual catalogues and print shop proofs from the Kalvak and Emerak Memorial Catalogue. This is an amazing opportunity to see printmaking in a context that focuses on the process of printmaking as well as the final prints themselves. We have been hard at work setting up the exhibition and are very excited to finally show you the fruits of all our hard work: you may remember seeing an earlier post showing some of the installation of the objects.

Part of our newest exhibition - Bold Images In Stone

This show is very special for a number of reasons. For one, the blocks used to make stonecut prints are normally destroyed after they are used so it is highly unusual to see any – especially this many. These blocks also usefully illustrate many aspects of the early print program: one, for Agnes Nanogak’s The Thunder Spirits, was never formally released because the print  was rejected by the regulatory body known as the Canadian Eskimo Arts Council (CEAC); one is carved on both sides, showing the economical use of the stone; one has four small images carved into its face and was used for an unlimited run of smaller prints; and one was used in the Kalvak/Emerak Memorial Catalogue. This catalogue, or portfolio, of prints was produced to honor two of Ulukhaktok’s most preeminent early graphic artists: Helen Kalvak, RCA, CM and Mark Emerak. Many of the print shop proofs from this catalogue are displayed alongside the print blocks and these unique objects show not only the distinct styles of these artists, but also the differences in style between different printmaking methods.

For anyone interested in Inuit printmaking, the western Arctic, or artistic process, this exhibition is definitely for you.

Posted by: Alysa Procida, MIA’s Educational Coordinator


5 Responses to “Early Printmaking in Ulukhaktok (Holman)”


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