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EXHIBITION | AN UNFAMILIAR HAPPENING presented by Printermedia Artist Residents Cicy Sze-Yin Ching, Eunhui Stella Lee, Stevie Gwynn and Celeste Lucero Maas

Updated: May 13



An Unfamiliar Happening: Printmaking through jeweller's eyes is the second exhibition by Print Media Residents Cicy Sze-Yin Ching, Eunhui Stella Lee, and Celeste Lucero Maas, alongside the new resident, Stevie Gwynn. 


The show will have the residents conducting their own exploratory research and drawing out the intimate spaces that emerge between the two disciplines by utilizing the Happening format. Considering a Happening as a spontaneous art presentation done in real-time that will ultimately be considered a body of work.


In the spirit of showing normally hidden processes, the metal artists plan to showcase, during the span of a month and a half, a brief study of print media from the perspective of art jewellery and metalwork. The starting point of this new research that can be observed live at the front gallery space of Malaspina Printmakers Society Howe Studios (1265 Howe St.) and live streamed through VMAA and the Metal Arts Residents instagram accounts. One that will contain the work space: a jewellers bench, basic tools and the other will exhibit the progress of our individual practice. 


The happening will unfold over a month, with the jewellers taking turns to explore the designated space, each session resulting in a physical body of work to be showcased. 


The overall experience will be filmed and made available by the end of the live research sessions to accompany the physical work for the remaining time of two weeks.


Every research starts with observing an interaction: 


The similarities and differences between printmaking, metal art and jewellery constantly swirl in my mind. Do they share any common grounds? As I am about to complete my part in this residency program, I want to take advantage of this exhibition opportunity to research on the above topic.


Jewelry making holds a special place in my heart; its intimate connection with the human body and its ability to foster relationships are unparalleled in the realm of art and craft. Through this exhibition, I aim to challenge myself to create work that combines the realms of jewelry and printmaking, aspiring to break down disciplinary barriers and embrace transdisciplinary approaches.


I think about printmaking and how, in some technical way, it is closely matched with jewelry, etching, and engraving, symbols, and signet rings. My work pays close attention to the edges of comfort and sensation, and it helps me converse in a very graphic way. I hope that in researching methods of integrating the knowledge from both fields, I'll encounter genuine paths of exploring my ongoing work in the topic of mourning and celebration.


As a jeweler exploring printmaking, I am fascinated by the intersection of these two art forms and how they both rely on precision, technical execution, and an understanding of colour. Both processes require a deep understanding of balance, composition, and form, and I am inspired by how the two disciplines could complement and inform each other.



Dates and schedule:


May 14 to June 01  | Live Research Sessions at 1265 Howe St and online. 


June   02   Sunday  6:00 pm | Celebration Night at 1265 Howe St.


June 02 to June 22  | Research exhibition at 1265 Howe St.


The artists will be engaging with visitors and talking about their work on June 02 so make sure to save the date. 



Location: 

The exhibition will be held at Malaspina Printers Association 1265 Howe St. 


The jewellery artist and print media residents would like to recognize and appreciate the opportunity to create and show their work in the unceded traditional territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations that are currently recognized as Vancouver, Canada


Graphic art by Kay Drobot

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