Gallery: Kristian Nesbitt, Jan 21-Feb 28

Nesbitt_invite.jpgIn Artword Gallery from Jan 21 to Feb 28, 2010, “Starting Over“, an exhibition by printmaker Kristian Nesbitt of a new series of layered monoprints.
Opening Reception with the artist, Saturday Jan 23 from 2 to 5 pm. Artist also present during James North Art Crawl February 12 from 7 to 10 pm.

Kristian Nesbitt is a printmaker from Burlington, Ontario and a graduate from Georgian College€™s four-year Fine Arts program. He is currently working towards completing his Bachelor€™s Degree from Thompson Rivers University. He is a recent winner of the Emerging Artist€™s scholarship from The Print Studio, Hamilton.

KristianNesbitt_Untitled53_700.jpgKristian uses the techniques of etching to create one-of-a-kind layered monoprints.

He sees his printmaking as resembling a scientific experiment. First he sets up the variables of structure and order — the etching plates, a colour palette, ink techniques, a sequence. Then he puts each image through a sequence of layering. This is when chance takes over.

As he puts each print through the layering process, things start to happen that he can only partially predict. €œMy work is about setting up structure, and then pushing that structure. The more the image evolves in the process, the more my hand is being removed from the process.€

Review by Stephanie Vegh:

kristiannesbitt_vegh.jpg“Another understated body of work was presented by Kristian Nesbitt in his solo exhibition at ArtWord ArtBar€™s downstairs gallery. While the many monoprints on show employ a repeating vocabulary of markmaking – some of it explicitly attributed to the influence of Jackson Pollock – each work manages to demonstrate something unique unto itself, deftly avoiding the spell of repetition that can plague printmaking and finding new possibilities in various combinations of layers and shapes. I€™d certainly recommend a look at his website (linked above), if only to see better quality images that support my praise better than my second-rate stealth photography can demonstrate here.”

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