Jillian Ross Print
5 April - 11 August 2024
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 This newest, and as yet unpublished, series of work comprises four large-scale and highly complex photogravure prints consisting of over 30 plates.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).
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
11 August Live Editions studio presentation closes
29 December Life in Print - William Kentridge and Pablo Picasso
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
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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.
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
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.
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.
Remai Modern, Saskatoon, Canada
Jillian Ross Print
Installation and AV
Jillian Ross Print, Saskatoon, Canada
David Krut Projects, Johannesburg South Africa
University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada
Steven Dixon, Luke Johnson
Warren Editions, Cape Town South Africa
Cone Editions, Vermont, USA
Editioning and image development
Jillian Ross Print
David Krut Workshop
This project is supported by Creative Saskatchewan's
Craft and Visual Arts Production Grant Program