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Malaspina Printmakers is pleased to present “Super Human Be-in” by Elizabeth Zvonar. This solo exhibition is a selection of the work created through the first Print Research Residency developed by Malaspina Printmakers to facilitate new print media based projects for artists. Zvonar’s research began with studying original copies of the Georgia Straight from 1969 – 1970 when the publication initially positioned itself as an alternative voice to the mainstream media. The resulting prints that developed for the exhibition represent a distillation of her research into the Georgia Straight and images from magazines and early underground press as a way to look at the purpose of such media and what kind of role it played in society then, juxtaposed against how it operates today.
Working with compilations of images and text from the original newspaper Zvonar prints her compositions in photolithography, a method of printing used in creating newspapers, as a means of readdressing central concerns and issues of the time. In one piece Zvonar juxtaposes images of bodies in protest and leisure through a delicate photo intaglio print that reflects upon these particular postures and in another simultaneously examines the dot structure of printed images and the word play characteristic of the time. Complementing the works displayed in the gallery, re-printed ephemera of George Bowering’s “How to Become a Responsible Citizen” sets a tone for approaching the exhibition and reflects upon the ideals of social awareness and accessibility surrounding print media.
Elizabeth Zvonar lives and works in Vancouver. Her work has been shown in exhibitions at the Morris and Helen Belkin Gallery, Contemporary Art Gallery, Artspeak, and the WesternFront in Vancouver and internationally in the United States, Australia and Japan.
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