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Kari Kristensen & Tara Lee Bennett | SixteenEighteen

April 15 @ 10:00 am - May 15 @ 5:00 pm

Kari Kristensen & Tara Lee Bennett | SixteenEighteen

Join us at New Leaf Editions Gallery on April 18th at 6 PM for an exclusive exhibition, “SixteenEighteen,” by the artists, Kari Kristensen and Tara Lee Bennett. “SixteenEighteen” not only serves as the title of the exhibition but also pays homage to the historic Arnhem 1618, 245gsm paper. This paper, produced since 1618 in the Netherlands, serves as the common thread binding Kristensen’s and Bennett’s work together. The collaborative pieces of Kari Kristensen and Tara Lee Bennett in the exhibition showcase the unique qualities of Arnhem paper, underscoring the meticulous work demonstrated in both printmaking and paper sculpture.

linocut and paper sculpture by Kari Kristensen Tara Lee Bennett

Kari Kristensen

Born and raised in Dutton, Ontario, Kari Kristensen is a contemporary Canadian artist. Kari Kristensen’s journey through art history and classical studies informs her unique perspective. Her practice, now based in Vancouver, BC, celebrates the divine perfection of the natural environment through a fusion of traditional printmaking techniques and innovative forms.

Artist Statement:

Kari Kristensen’s work embraces disparate lines of Canadian and international art history, responding to both through new forms. Printmaking, despite sustained practice across geography and cultures, has a quiet platform in contemporary Western art. She seeks to reimagine the Canadian Landscape tradition and its persistence in her and our consciousness, most notably in her current series, Imagined Landscape. The art includes both intricately cut linoleum prints and mono serigraphs. Harnessing lino printing even ink application, combined with the choice of a clean monochrome aesthetic, Kristensen fully embraces the limitations of the medium itself, only to defy them. Her mural work is an extension of the printwork—although using paint, the line work is very similar to the marks made with a gouge in linoleum. Just as the linoleum carved leaves an impression on the paper, similarly, the mural leaves an impression of her respect for the landscape.


Tara Lee Bennett

Hailing from Zimbabwe and having lived in Australia, Tara Lee Bennett brings a global perspective to her paper artistry. Now settled in Vancouver, her intricate creations reflect personal and professional journeys, exploring themes of growth and renewal with meticulous detail.

Artist Statement:

Tara Lee Bennett creates a world in paper. Meticulously, she draws, cuts, and assembles seemingly impossibly too-small pieces of paper into elaborate creations that are intricate and time-consuming.

As a medium, paper has endless possibilities because it is a material that is easily accessible yet can be endlessly and extravagantly transformed, and it is this dichotomy Bennett celebrates. Her current series harnesses a monochrome aesthetic which highlights the delicacy of her cuts.


Opening Hours

April 18th,2024 Thursday: 06:00 PM to 09:30 PM

Regular Exhibition Hours

Date: April 15th 2024 to May 15, 2024

Monday to Friday: 10:00 AM to 05:00 PM

Saturday and Sunday: Closed


April 15 @ 10:00 am
May 15 @ 5:00 pm
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