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Monument: Coding a Woodcut
Beth Howe and Clive McCarthy
This project is a collaboration between printmaker Beth Howe and digital media artist and programmer, Clive McCarthy. Howe and McCarthy developed custom software to cut large-scale photographic woodcuts of monumental infrastructure and landscape features using a CNC milling machine. The woodcuts are then printed by hand on an etching press. The large relief prints of Monument: Coding a Woodcut pull together the ubiquitous contemporary tools of algorithms and machine tooling with the histories of woodcut printing.
This collection of photographs explores the complex duality that exists in Edmonton as a result of dynamic levels of marginalization and separation. Utilizing a process of photographic manipulation, these images reflect the challenge of questioning the dual nature of existence in contemporary society. Growing up in a developing country with high levels of poverty, Emmanuel Osahor became aware of the various levels of separation and marginalization that exist as a result of the class and ethnic rivalry that has crippled the foundations of his country’s existence. Moving to Canada in 2010, he made the assumption that the grass was most likely greener here, and during his first few years residing here - removed from the larger community as he mainly focused on my university education - he believed he was right.