Out of the Frame: Salish Printmaking

Legacy Art Gallery Downtown, Victoria, British Columbia

Out of the Frame: Salish Printmaking was presented at the University of Victoria Legacy Art Gallery Downtown from June 4 – October 4, 2016. This exhibition was guest curated by Dr. Andrea N. Walsh, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Victoria. The title of this exhibition, Out of the Frame, refers to stepping outside of three frames. First, the exhibition displayed prints outside the typical curatorial framework, and was therefore curated through collaboration between the curator, Andrea Walsh, and the artists. The artists chose the works for display, and presented the works through their own words. Second, the curator and artists removed prints from commercial, critical, and collector frames. Instead of talking about prints as financial objects, the exhibition highlighted how prints are used for cultural and political purposes. These issues include land rights, human rights, and climate change. Third, the exhibition brought printing practice outside of its physical frame. The artists collaborated with Andy MacDougall and Wachiay Studio to create a new piece of art, which comments on the practice of printmaking. Without the framework of the art market to guide the design and content of the work, the artists were asked to imagine innovative ways that the practice and technology of printing could push their practice in new directions. The finished piece, Out of the Frame, truly brings Salish printing to a new height of artistic excellence and pushes the boundaries of printmaking.

Artists featured: Charles Elliott, Douglas LaFortune, Angela Marston, Andy Everson, Maynard Johnny Jr., lessLIE, Chris Paul, and Dylan Thomas.

Visit the exhibition website and a video about the artists’ collaboration

Salish Weave Collection