Our most recent screen print release with one of New Zealand’s rising art stars Askew; embodies the progression and future direction of Dangerfork Print Co. as a fine art printing studio. Over 2 years in the making including much planning, proofing, testing, adjusting and finally printing we have created our largest fully analog traditional print edition.
The process for this print started in 2015; we met Askew whilst he was in Melbourne for the Wall to Wall Festival and a short residency at the Everfresh studio. After many discussions about art and printing we came to the idea of collaborating on a screen-print edition and approaching the process in the traditional printmaking vein. Using the various stages of production to build the artwork opposed to reproducing an existing painting or drawing as is most common with the medium. We felt this was the best was to keep the authenticity and boldness of the mark making from Askew’s painting methods whilst embracing the print making tradition. Blank films were sent to New Zealand and Askew hand painted each one to create the layering for the final print. Once the films were back in Melbourne the inks were mixed, opacities tested and the artwork was created for the first time in the form of the first printer’s proof. After consultations, adjustments to inks and screens, 2nd and 3rd proofs the edition is ready for release and has been well worth the wait! Fittingly, Askew is back in Melbourne again working in the Everfresh studio (photos below) on a short trip from his current residence in New York City where he is sharing a studio with the iconic Graffiti artist Rime. Askew has been using his time in NYC to focus on the studio side of his practice and absorb what the vibrant art scene in this cultural hub has to offer artist.
This print is titled “the Banquet” and comprises of 9 hand painted layers on Stonehenge 250 gsm cotton rag. The imagery is from a series of Pacific food based artworks combining the artist interest in cultural heritage and contemporary art practice through simplified graffiti strokes and marks to represent the staple plant based foods used to make many different meals in the pacific region of the world.
Print: The Banquet
Printing: 9 Colour Screen Print
Size: 76 x 77 cm
Published By: Dangerfork Print Co.
Number in Edition: 40 hand signed and numbered