Linocut exhibit highlights endangered species

December 18, 2006, Web Special
By Stuart Colcleugh

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The SFU Gallery is presenting Endangered Species, Endangered Planet (Dec. 12-21), an exhibition featuring linocut prints by 116 artists from North America, New Zealand, Australia, Jordan, Turkey and Wales, including several Vancouver-area artists.

The show highlights both endangered species and the endangered art of printmaking, says gallery curator and director Bill Jeffries.

Printmaking is a democratic and imperiled form of expression, he says, and like many of the earth's species is itself in danger of extinction, soon to be overtaken by digital technologies.
Organized by annie ross from SFU's School for the Contemporary Arts and First Nations Studies, the exhibit comments on the ever-growing number of animals and plants that are endangered or close to extinction.

The show is the result of a print exchange created by a virtual community of artists concerned about the fate of the Earth. It's a grass-roots action that involves the gifting of multiple prints from each artist to other artists in the exhibition.

Endangered Species, Endangered Planet is the first of two SFU Gallery exhibitions (the next one is in April, 2007) focusing on the jeopardized state of printmaking.

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