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March 2024

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Live Editions
Jillian Ross Print

5 April - 11 August 2024

Remai Modern,

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

April - August

Live Editions, with Jillian Ross Print (JRP), will be the first-ever presentation of a working print studio in an exhibition space at Remai Modern. Saskatoon-based JRP will showcase the editioning of their latest collaboration, The Great Yes, The Great No, with South African artist William Kentridge, the University of Alberta, Department of Art and Design, the David Krut Workshop (DKW) in Johannesburg, South Africa and Remai Modern in Saskatoon. This newest, and as yet unpublished, series of work comprises four large-scale and highly complex photogravure prints consisting of over 30 plates. 

With JRP’s studio installed in Remai Modern’s Connect Gallery, this true-to-life exhibition-cum-performance will explore and celebrate the significance of Ross's last three years of work as a collaborative printmaker, since moving back to Canada from South Africa in 2020, and her continued collaboration with Kentridge.

The presentation will feature and exhibition of over 40 prints that are in various states of completion showing an audience how a print is developed from the 'first pull' to the 'final state'. Prints included in the presentation are drawn from Kentridge’s Studio Life Gravures (2020 - 2022) series, created in response to the COVID lockdown and the on-going project The Great Yes, The Great No (2023-2024).

Live Editions

Program

Throughout the duration of the presentation, utilizing two printing presses, JRP will be editioning new prints. A visiting audience will be welcomed into their studio-gallery to watch the printing process and will be encouraged to ask questions of the printers and studio guides. The presentation program will be accompanied with studio tours, a talks program and workshops that relate to the making of prints in a collaborative print studio with an emphasis on Kentridge’s collaborative approach to working.

From May 2024, the presentation will be complemented in Remai Modern's Picasso Gallery by an exhibition of linocut prints from an earlier collaboration, The Universal Archive (2011-2015), between Kentridge and Master Printer Jillian Ross whilst she was the director of the David Krut Workshop. Life in Print - William Kentridge and Pablo Picasso  draws from Remai Modern's Picasso archive and is a conversation that will explore the creative processes of these two prolific artists.

'Remai Modern houses the most comprehensive collection of linocuts by Pablo Picasso (1881-1973). This focused and specialized collection includes editioned prints, working states and experimental proofs that provide insight into the artist’s process—a rare glimpse into one of the 20th century’s most prolific and innovative artists. All of Picasso’s linocuts were produced in a 17-year period between 1951 and 1968, with his master printer, Hidalgo Arnera (1922-2007). With Arnera’s expertise and support, the artist worked hands-on to understand, and push, the limits and possibilities of printmaking, much like the printer / artist collaboration between Ross and Kentridge.'  - Remai Modern

May - December

Life in Print -

William Kentridge and Pablo Picasso

Exhibition Program 2024 - to be expanded as the programs are formalised.

5 April           19:00         Live Editions studio presentation opens

9 May            19:00         Life in Print - William Kentridge and Pablo Picasso

      exhibition opens

11 August                       Live Editions studio presentation closes

29 December                 Life in Print - William Kentridge and Pablo Picasso

                                        exhibition closes

Studio hours & Getting there

Wednesdays                   10:00 - 17:00

Thursdays                       10:00 - 21:00

Fridays                            10:00 - 21:00

Saturdays                       10:00 - 17:00

Sundays                          10:00 - 17:00

 

Drop-in to see us.

If you're making a special trip, email us in advance. 

William Kentridge, in his studio in Johannesburg, working on a drawing, There Were No Books, that forms part of  The Great Yes, The Great No.

This mixed media artwork was later photographed and made into photogravure plates at the University of Alberta. These photogravure plates form the basis on which the The Great Yes, The Great No prints are made and editioned at the Remai Modern. 

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During the summer of 2024, Ross will demonstrate how a collaborative workshop meets the challenges of working with multiple artists and different printers on simultaneous projects. Whist editioning prints from the newest Kentridge print project, The Great Yes, The Great No, Ross will be producing new works with Saskatchewan artist Wally Dion via an intensive two-week in-gallery residency.

June - July

Wally Dion in residence

'JRP began working with Dion in 2022 on Dion's first delve into printmaking with the making of Prairie Braids. Ross and Dion will showcase the collaborative, experimental and technical aspects of developing a print together in-studio. Here Dion will be challenged to culminate his diverse practice which includes drawing, painting, sculpture and textile into contemporary printmaking.'

- Remai Modern

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Wally Dion's

red Prairie Braids embossed and Prairie Braids

 Photogravure on chine collé Paper

A special thank you to Remai Modern and to Creative Saskatchewan for their support on this project which forms part of their commitment to the arts and

to the local arts community in Saskatchewan.

 

This project would not have been possible without our project partners,

the Kentridge Studio, the University of Alberta, Department of Art and Design

and the David Krut Workshop.

The photographs below are of the prints on exhibition that have been developed by Jillian Ross Print over the past three years. These prints and others will be presented at the Remai Modern  in the Connect Gallery from April to August 2024.

Photographs

DKW printers, Jillian Ross and William Kentridge working on the large scale print from The Great Yes The Great No at Kentridge's studio at Arts on Main in Johannesburg.

- October 2023

Jillian Ross (b.1978, Edmonton)
Jillian Ross is a Canadian collaborative printmaker who began working with William Kentridge in 2006 while Master Printer at David Krut Workshop (DKW) in Johannesburg. Working together for the last 17 years, Ross and Kentridge have produced over 190 works together. Ross now continues her collaborations from her Saskatoon studio - Jillian Ross Print (JRP).

William Kentridge (b.1955, Johannesburg, South Africa)
'William Kentridge is internationally acclaimed for his drawings, films, theatre and opera productions. His method combines drawing, writing, film, performance, music, theatre, and collaborative practices in print, sculpture and tapestry, to create works of art that are grounded in politics, science, literature and history, yet maintaining a space for contradiction and uncertainty.' - Kentridge Studio


Wally Dion (b.1976, Saskatoon)
Wally Dion is a Saskatoon-born artist of Yellow Quill First Nation (Saulteaux) ancestry living and working in Upstate New York. Throughout much of his career, Dion’s work has contributed to a broad conversation in the art world about identity & power and can be interpreted as part of a much larger pan-American struggle by Indigenous peoples to be recognized culturally, economically, and politically by settler societies. Dion works in a number of media including painting, drawing, site specific installations and sculpture as both representational and abstract geometric works. Dion was recently nominated for a Sobey Award for 2023 amongst other accolades. 

Biography

Credits

Exhibition      

Remai Modern, Saskatoon, Canada

Curators

Michelle Jacques

Bevin Bradley

Co-curator

Jillian Ross Print

Installation and AV

Chad Redl

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Framing by

Cam Mckay

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Print Publisher                     

Jillian Ross Print, Saskatoon, Canada

Jillian Ross

Brendan Copestake

David Krut ProjectsJohannesburg South Africa

David Krut

Amé Bell

Collaborating Printer 

Jillian Ross

Photogravure              

University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada

            Steven Dixon, Luke Johnson

Warren Editions, Cape Town South Africa

Zhané Warren

Photopolymer             

Cone Editions, Vermont, USA

             Nathanael Kooperkamp

Editioning and image development

Jillian Ross Print

David Krut Workshop

Editioning printers    

Jillian Ross

Sbongiseni Khulu

Kim-Lee Loggenberg-Tim

Sarah Judge

Roxy Kaczmarck

Jesse Shepstone

Brendan Copestake

This project is supported by Creative Saskatchewan's

Craft and Visual Arts Production Grant Program

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