Thursday, August 5, 2010
You ––> Me : Silkscreen Print
The print is a little piece of visual poetry, a sort of lexical love song, a Valentine.
The print was published by Burning Boy Press. Burning Boy Press produces mostly high-quality digital prints in Paris.
The original collage, measures 47.5 x 38 cm, dates from 1999. Exhibited in Berlin at Galerie Tristesse (2006) and in Paris at Bernard Matussière (2009), the original is available for purchase. [Contact for price].
Michel Hosszù's atelier in Paris in a single day. Photograph of Michel Hosszù (below) taken in front of his massive silkscreen piece "Grimaces" in his studio in the Bastille section of Paris.
Michel Hosszù designed the screens for printing using three separate colors – two shades of gray and one final black. Together we moved through the edition, racking up the pieces (photo, right), finally playing with the registration for some of the proofs and off-edition works at the end of the day. The gold, silver and pink pieces were spray painted prior to printing. Two pieces – one gold, one silver – were printed on A3-sized canvases.
As a teenager, I held many jobs in the silkscreen shop, from stretching the dylon fabric over the frames to spreading out the emulsion, position the frame for printing, then blotting out the tiny holes left after the UV printing lamp hit the acetate positive with the image. Back then the image silhouettes were often cut out of ruby lith, and not punched out of a laser printer via Photoshop file. It's a process that combines photography, handiwork, low end technology, but with spectacular results. Sadly, a great deal of silkscreen production has been taken over by digital printing; and while both are wonderful, there is nothing like the creation of a silkscreen print. It's beautiful and delightfully messy.
The YOU --> ME prints are available through Keep Calm Gallery while a few will also be available at my exhibition SCARED BUT FRESH at Orange Dot Gallery in London on October 6, 2010.
To purchase a YOU --> ME print, please contact Keep Calm Gallery, by clicking here.