ON THE COVER: Chris Robertson first started screen printing in his bedroom at fifteen. Since then nothing has changed, beyond move out of his parents, Some art schooling from the University of Waterloo, gain the experience of printing – cleaning screens – in commercial screen printing shops all over Montréal, to where he can be found today in his own shop La Presse du Chat Perdu (Lost Cat Press). Still screen printing, not very capable of doing much else.
This is the foundation for his artistic practice. Based in printmaking, a combination of screen print and woodcut techniques, he tries to do what any good artist is mandated by nature to do. Tell a compelling story. The goal being to share an idea or way of thinking, or make us feel less alone by speaking to us in a completely internal language. He tries to tell the story of all of us and what we do collectively, good and bad. Social Justice is in the forefront of his work, and also believes art should be accessible to everyone and chooses to mainly show work publicly through street art mediums or given for away for free. This may be antithetical to a professional practice, but this is how he can best tell his story.
ON THE CONTENTS PAGE: Christine Villanueva is an emerging cartoonist and illustrator currently residing in Berkeley, CA. She studied art history and social criticism at UC Berkeley while working as a cartoonist for The Daily Californian newspaper. Her work is informed by fine art and the pitfalls of academia.