The Captain's Lookout, 4"x4", mezzotint, 2016
March 2nd, 2018 to April 14th, 2018
Opening: March 2nd, 5-8 p.m.
Artist talk: Saturday March 3rd, 3 p.m.
Having grown up by mountains and prairies, Laine Groeneweg depicts the mysteries of the ocean in the exhibition Sea Levels with dreamy underwater intaglio scenes.
Laine Groeneweg is a printmaker currently living in Hamilton, Ontario. He received his BFA from York University in 2004 and subsequently trained as a professional printmaker at Fondazione II Bisonte Per Lo Studio Dell'Arte Grafica in Florence, Italy.
Groeneweg is most widely recognized for his work in mezzotint and etching, and exploring the possibilities of traditional technique in the wake of more contemporary production methods. His whimsical imagery is often characterized by themes of dream and play. His prints have been exhibited nationally and internationally in Australia, Russia, Japan, Finland, Italy, Taiwan, and the United States.
Currently, Groeneweg has focused his attention towards building a custom print studio, Smokestack, in Hamilton, Ontario. He also instructs and editions work for other artists at Toronto's Open Studio and is the studio technician at Centre For Print and Media Arts in Hamilton.
Traditional printmaking has the ability to fully embrace both the world of art and that of craft. For Laine, working in print is as much a means of production as it is a source of inspiration and preservation. In his recent work, oceans have been a major source of inspiration. As with all large bodies of water, oceans represent unique visual landscapes captured through a rich and colourful history of imagery and narrative. Inspired by these elements, Sea Levels reflects a very personal interpretation of the vast and often mystical power of the ocean. Laine has been exploring and experimenting with different printmaking techniques to convey his own visual rendition of seascapes as somebody who has seldom experienced it first-hand. Inspired by stories, objects, and the landscape of the ocean, Sea Levels is woven together as a nautical tapestry.