Residue / Andrew Testa and Guillermo Trejo
Dates: January 20 - March 3, 2023
Location: Alberta Printmakers Main Space Gallery, 4025 4th Street, Mohkinstsis/Calgary, AB
Gallery Hours: Wednesdays from 10am - 8pm; Thursday to Saturday from 10am - 5pm
Opening Reception (Artist in Attendance):
A/P welcomes members and invited guests to join us for the opening reception on Friday, January 20 from 7-9pm
About the Exhibition:
Andrew Testa and Guillermo Trejo are interested in the in-between spaces of printmaking. In their individual practices they see collaboration as necessity (not necessarily collaborating with one another but collaborating with materials, the studio, the ground, etc.). They are interested in the lost and found relationships in print as translation (an imprint of an encounter between two or more things). Andrew creates images through gestures of walking and moving slowly while Guillermo creates through a resourcefulness and responsiveness to the print studio itself. Seeing both artists’ work together, there is a presence of something that is slow (a long walk documenting many small marks on an intaglio plate being bumped and pulled), and something that is quick (a gesture towards space/studio becoming a monoprint). This exhibition explores in-betweenness, collaboration, and translations. It questions what becomes residue, imparting a question of the encounters each artist explores together and apart.
About the Artists:
Andrew Testa (he/him) is an artist, writer and educator currently living and working in Ktaqmkuk, also known as Newfoundland. He has been awarded numerous grants including ArtsNL and a VP Grenfell Research Grant, has exhibited nationally and internationally, and has participated in residencies and conferences across Canada. Testa is the Chair of the Board of Directors at St. Michael’s Printshop and is an Assistant Professor in printmaking at Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland.
Guillermo Trejo is a Mexican/Canadian Artist based in Ottawa. He completed his BFA at the National School of Painting Sculpture and Engraving in Mexico City with a specialization in printmaking and moved to Canada in 2007. The experience of immigration and distance has shaped Trejo’s work. Since moving to Ottawa, he has earned an MFA from the University of Ottawa and has been an active member of the artistic community. Trejo is currently the recipient of grant funding from Canada Council for the Arts.