It took many hours, but one day recently, Professors Michael Longford
(Design) and Janet Werner (Painting and Drawing) looked carefully at more
than 300 pieces of student work.
They selected 51 pieces executed in a variety of media: lithography, intaglio,
screen printing and digital media, and awarded prizes.
The Heinz Jordan Prize for best work in the show, which consisted of $500
to be spent at the art store on Heinz Jordan supplies, was split between
Lauren Nurse and Fiona Smith.
The John Topelko Print Media Award for outstanding work, a pack of 25
sheets of handmade paper, went to Kathryn Delaney and Clark Hodgson. An
honorable mention went to Rossitza Ribarova.
This year, Print Media is also offering a prize for outstanding contribution
to the area, and it goes to Nadine Bariteau, who also receives 25 sheets
of handmade paper. Bariteau is a volunteer in the screen printing studio.
All the prints that were chosen are being matted by Encadrex. The Print
Media is particularly grateful for this gesture, because it allows the
unit to hold a professional-looking show on short notice at low cost.
Lauren Nurse is going to graduate this year after six long but interesting
years at Concordia, as she first tried to keep working full-time, then
grew increasingly devoted to her art.
She loves the variety of media that print provides, and says in her artist
statement that her work deals with a vocabulary of forms reminiscent
of previous eras. Using contemporary technologies digital photography,
video, imaging software ancestral photographs are altered, manipulated
and re-informed, then printed through contemporary and traditional printmaking
Lauren inserts herself into these images both by her authorship and by
physical representation, creating a dialogue between the traditional and
the contemporary. She wants to evoke a sense of nostalgia within
the work, and allude to the meanings embodied by a technologically informed
re-interpretation of the past.
Lauren is going to take a year off school, and with this years experience
as a coordinator of the student-run VAV Gallery under her belt, will be
looking for work in artist-run centres. Then she hopes to do a graduate
degree in her chosen field of print media.
You can see the Print Media Exhibition from March 31 to April 6 in VAV
Gallery, 1395 René-Lévesque Blvd. The vernissage will take
place on Tuesday, April 2, from 7-10 pm at the gallery.