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From Francis Bacon and Talking Heads to a simple silkscreen print

Space: a silkscreen print by Neville Godwin

Space: a silkscreen print by Neville Godwin

Ochre print studio where I create my silkscreen prints at are joining 39 print studios from all over the UK in the 2013 20:20 Print Exchange. I’m one of ten artists who’ve been asked to submit a piece for the exchange.

The concept is quite simple, you produce an edition of 25 prints measuring 20 x 20cm and send them off. In exchange you will receive a unique portfolio of 20 original prints, randomly selected but including your own print. Also one print from each edition will go on tour to workshops and galleries around the British Isles. It’s a great way to get your work seen and to get 19 great prints back. They might not all be to your liking but that’s Art for you…

This one is organised by Hot Bed Press. For this exhibition and print exchange I still wanted to play with the format as subject matter as I had done in my previous print for a 20:20 print exchange but do a visually simple print concerning space. Space is also the title of the print, for those who like titles for things…

My original idea was based on two things:

  • First a memory of the Talking Heads video of ‘Road to Nowhere’, where the image of David Byrne with his head in a cube had always stuck with me. I haven’t seen the video for decades but can clearly see that image.
  • On a recent visit to Tate Britain I saw a Francis Bacon painting, one of many that uses the cube to place the subject in space.
A still from the Talking Heads video for a ‘Road to Nowhere”

A still from the Talking Heads video for a ‘Road to Nowhere”

Francis Bacon’s Study after Velazquez's Portrait of Pope Innocent X

Francis Bacon’s Study after Velazquez’s Portrait of Pope Innocent X

Considering the criteria for the prints was all about space (20cm x 20cm), I wanted to work with that but rather than represent flat space which silkscreen is often accused of, I wanted to represent 3D space. Beyond that I wanted to work with bright clashing colours which can throw your space perception off and then as a little light-hearted fun, actually put the measurements on the print but only as a varnish so in some lights you see it and in some you don’t. I felt that putting any object in the space would dilute the idea so it’s quite simple and graphic, bold and irreverent. Most of all I hope people see it as fun.

Below are some images of the process of making the print. The top one is making the masks for this four colour print. The cube is printed twice, once with in white to knock out the green and then again with the fluorescent red.

Masks for the silkscreen print Space by Neville Godwin

Masks for the silkscreen print Space by Neville Godwin

First colour down for the silkscreen print Space by Neville Godwin

First colour down for the silkscreen print Space by Neville Godwin

Fluorescent Red went onto of a layer of white for the silkscreen print Space by Neville Godwin

Fluorescent Red went onto of a layer of white for the silkscreen print Space by Neville Godwin

In a few weeks time Red Hot Press will create a photo stream list of all the submitted prints. Once this has been uploaded, I’ll put the link at the end of this post. I’ve already finished the design on 5 other prints I want to do in the time I’ve not been able to print because of an ankle operation. As a result hopefully I can get a few done before the Christmas break and put them up here for all to see.

 

As usual, I welcome all constructive criticism and overwhelming praise!.

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