All Editions: An STPI Survey Show
“All Editions” re-ignites the extraordinary stories of the artist/printer collaboration told by artists, Ghada Amer/Reza Farkhondeh, Ashley Bickerton, Lin Tianmiao, Qiu Zhijie and Hema Upadhyay.
The edition prints by STPI’s collaborating artists presents a variety of artistic strategies, social and political themes, Pop and consumer-based imagery, feminist issues, documentary and staged photography.
Ghada Amer, regarded as “one of the most important contemporary feminist artists today” and Reza Farkhondeh, best known for his mood-induced landscapes, incorporated various printing techniques with drawing, painting and embroidery to produce works charged with socio-political critique on contemporary society. This is the first of the two artists’ collaboration for STPI, expanding the creative dialogue between the studio and workshop.
Beach-boyish artist Ashley Bickerton rose to fame in the 80’s on the Neo-Geo wave, exploring issues of human existence and the environment. His prints are characterised by collages of intricate cut-outs of green reflective heads with floral antennae amidst beach flotsam, including flip-flops, toothbrushes, old bottles and bones.
Installation artist Lin Tianmiao, who is used to working with large spaces and huge props, sized down to a more intimate scale and created a series of hauntingly vacant faces, over which sheets of ribbed and pebbled papers of irresistible textures were superimposed on.
Qiu Zhijie’s Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge project is considered to be the largest sociological and artistic undertaking in the Chinese art world. Starting the project at STPI, Qiu employs ancient Chinese and Cultural Revolution symbols to create a conceptual map that questions the ideas that built a cyclic China. The complex lithographs and etchings reveal Qiu’s amazing draughtsmanship and artistic versatility.