SANDRA HAAR

ARTIST | PRINTMAKER

CURRENT PROJECTS

A portfolio of the witnesses (Un portfolio des témoins) takes as its subject a selection of video testimonies from Yahad-In Unum Archive and Research Center in Paris. During my visit, I viewed witness testimonies of the mass execution of the Jewish population in Eastern Europe (1941-1943) from the town in which my grandmother went into hiding, and likely where she was killed. Ten portraits and excerpts of testimony from several witnesses are included in this folded lithographic print.

A portfolio of the witnesses : folio A portfolio of the witnesses

In French / English translation. Language editor: Mylène Vialard. Printed by Pudy Tong at Open Studio (Toronto). Recto/verso folded lithograph on Kozuke paper, in single-pocket paper folio. 25 x 37 inches (open), 9 x 4 inches (folded).

On view at Open Studio Contemporary Printmaking Centre (Toronto), October 19-November 17, 2018. A community program of Holocaust Education Week 2018. The artist will be present at Open Studio on Wednesday, November 7, 5-7PM.

RECENT PROJECTS

A visual meditation on the act of viewing, Permitted takes as its subject a scene from a first-run feature viewed in a Tel Aviv cinema. The series depicts, from memory and from re-viewing, the climactic scene of this filmic love story (Yossi, dir. Eytan Fox), featuring two men in intimate interaction. A remembered version of the scene, re-enacted with two models, is overlaid with representations from the original.

ermitted, no. 30

Selections from Permitted was on view in the George Gilmour Members’ Gallery, Open Studio (Toronto), September 11-October 10, 2015. Six panels from Permitted were on view as part of Paper Thin, curated by Laura Margita, Gallery 101 (Ottawa), May 21-June 25, 2016.

elections from Permitted, George Gilmour Gallery, Open Studio

The crown series brings together the exalted and the debased to explore the transformation of states of being within subjective, interpersonal, cultural and spiritual realms. Exile and yearning are the central themes. The images are photo-based, and are produced by drawing, papercut or digital processes before final production as serigraph. Textual litanies featured are composed directly from or inspired by personal sources, prayer texts and scholarly works.

crown series, Gallery 101

The crown series was on view as part of Paper Thin, curated by Laura Margita, Gallery 101 (Ottawa), May 21-June 25, 2016, and as part of Galut | crown at the North York Central Library (Toronto), July 3-30, 2013, with exhibition funding support from the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario.

The Galut serigraphs use popular culture and language to view aspects of contemporary Jewish identity, featuring transliteration as a metaphor for authenticity and identification. Each print features a sampling of performers, advertisements and other popular culture artifacts, wherein gestures, style and practices become markers of visibility. The prints feature texts in English/Hebrew translation and transliteration.

Galut|crown, north wall

Untitled (“I talks”) – no. 2 and Untitled (red-hot), from the Galut serigraphs, were exhibited in PRINT 2015, juried by Sandra Brewster and Penelope Stewart, John B. Aird Gallery (Toronto), July 28-August 21, 2015.

Galut | crown was exhibited at the North York Central Library (Toronto), July 3-30, 2013, with exhibition funding support from the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario.

A Book of Longing is a fold-out artist’s book that explores the complicated knot of emotional longing and sexual desire. It conjures up memories and fantasies; it represents tokens of affection and objects of yearning; it evokes interaction with the lover, the self and the lover-in-one’s-self. Personal effects, sexual joinings, clasped hands, candy hearts, gestural portraits and a poetic text, appear in succession and combination as the pages of the bookwork are unfolded, inviting the viewer to consider different layers of experience and understanding. A subtle and evocative rhythm is created through the use of images in series and a loosely narrative format. A Book of Longing is eight pages (recto and verso) with cover page, credits page and cover. The original edition was screenprinted on paper and hand-bound on dyed vellum tapes by Reg Beatty.

 Book of Longing, pages 7 (verso) & 8 (recto), partially unfolded
 Book of Longing, pages 7 (verso) & 8 (recto), unfolded

A Book of Longing was launched and exhibited (with comfy chair) at Fleishman Gallery (Toronto), March 10-April 27, 2012 and exhibited as part of Book | Print, curated by Astrid Ho, Open Studio Print Sales Gallery (Toronto), May 13-June 11, 2016.

Book of Longing, cover  Book of Longing, interior  Book of Longing, pages 4/5

The popular edition of a Book of Longing (above) was offset-printed in April 2012.

The Permitted series, untitled (red-hot) and untitled (Shauna’s tattoo) from the Galut serigraphs, and a Book of Longing (original edition, popular edition and individual pages), are available through the Open Studio Shop.

All works are available through the artist.

THE ARTIST

Sandra Haar is a Toronto-based artist and printmaker creating through books, folded paper, and other formats. Her artistic practice focusses on subjectivity and representation, with current interest in identification and compassionate witnessing across social and historical locations. She works through hand-rendered techniques, traditional print processes, text, and translation.

Ms. Haar’s art has been exhibited locally and nationally, including Gallery 44 (Toronto), Forest City Gallery (London) and La Centrale (Montréal), published in several periodicals and anthologies, including The Girl Wants to: Women’s Representations of Sex and the Body (Coach House Press), and sold through Librairie Formats (Montréal), Printed Matter (New York) and Art Metropole (Toronto), among other venues. Recent exhibitions include Embodied Resistance (Feminist Art Conference, Toronto) and Eyelevel Reshelving Initiative 7 (Dalhousie Art Gallery, Halifax). Reviews and articles on her art have appeared in a variety of arts and general publications, including the collection Textura : l’artiste écrivant / the artist writing. Her occasional writing on Jewish themes has appeared in Bridges, Canadian Woman Studies / les cahiers de la femme and Tessera. She has received support from the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council. Her works are held in private collections. Ms. Haar is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art (New Media Arts) and the University of Guelph (General Arts). She is a member of Open Studio (Toronto).