What I Found at the End of the Road by Katie Argyle


On View February 16-26, Space 2
Reception: February 16, 6-9 pm

What I Found at the End of the Road is an exhibition of 15 completed linocuts, representing each day spent Argyle has spent on the island during her residency, printed onto one piece of handmade paper. The exhibition will also include proofs of each relief print on individual pieces of paper, as well as studies for prints which may include drawings, paintings, or photographs.

Katie Argyle is a printmaker from Toronto and was chosen as one of TSKW’s February artists in residence. Meet Katie during the “On the Deck” event, February 8 from 6-7 pm on the deck at 607 Ashe Street.

Self portrait

Argyle says…

Key West lies at the end/or the beginning of a highway system. The exhibition title refers to the  geographic location of the town as well as the residents/visitors who find themselves there, plus it refers to the things I find there over the course of my residency.

I am curious to see how this terminal point expresses itself in the culture of the town. I will be exploring Key West and recording my impressions daily. I’ll take photographs, video, as well create drawings and painting studies in order to get a feel for my environment. All this exploring  will be distilled into one linoblock print per day. I will choose a representative image of the day and transfer it to a linoleum block which I will carve by hand into its surface. Then I will hand ink it and print it onto a large sheet of handmade japanese paper. The bulk of these images will be black and white. My project is an accumulative one, meaning it will grow over time, creating a visual image of my time spent on the island. In addition, I plan on creating larger in-depth prints, using wood block reduction. These are made by carving into wood and then inking the surface with one colour ink, printing this colour, then returning to the woodblock to remove the areas of the block where I want to keep that colour. I then re-ink the surface with another colour, print over top of the first colour on my paper and then once more carve away the parts of the block where I want that colour to remain on my print. Whatever I carve away can no longer print. I hope to do this 3 or 4 times to make a 3 or 4 colour print. I am hoping to create some portraits in this way. All my prints are hand-carved and hand-printed onto handmade paper.

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