Serigraphies - A Group Show

Event Dates: 
24 January, 2018 - 18:00 - 17 February, 2018 - 17:00

Serigraphy, or screen printing, is a printing technique whereby a mesh is used to transfer ink onto a substrate, except in areas made impermeable to the ink by a blocking stencil. Screen printing first appeared in a recognizable form in China during the Song Dynasty (960–1279 AD). It was introduced to Western Europe from Asia sometime in the late 18th century.

Since the 1960s, screen printing has been part of the do-it-yourself aesthetic used for posters, zines and artists' books - think of concert posters and of the fan zines and album covers of the punk era.

The exploration between the definition of so-called "high art" and "low art" allows for the artistic use of screen printing. Andy Warhol's Pop Art proved not only that mass-produced products such as the Campbell soup cans are suitable as art motifs, but he negated the question of the "original artwork" thanks to the duplication of the motif through screen printing.

Current screen print artists often have their roots in the worlds of comics, street art or the music scene. They strive for a broad distribution of their works at a relatively low cost. The artistic demands, however, do not show themselves in the mere duplication of an original drawing, but above all in the printing of unusual materials and an experimental imagery by mixing different techniques.

Gallery Daeppen has offered a space for zines, prints and artists' books by national and international artists since 2015.

With this first exhibition on serigraphies, the Daeppen Gallery is showing the diversity of screen printing. Because the prints don't cost a fortune, this is art that is also affordable for a young audience.

Participating artists: Silio Durt, Peter Fuss, Igor Hofbauer, Dunja Jankovic, STF Moscato and Leon Zuodar.

When: 24 January - 17 February 2018

Vernissage: Wed 24 January 2018, 18:00 - 20:00

Where: Guillaume Daeppen, Gallery for Urban Art, Müllheimerstrasse 144, 4057 Basel