Before becoming the institute of contemporary art it is today, Over- gaden housed a printing workshop. It was a family business started by the engraver M.W. Ferslew, who ran an etching and lithographic workshop before handing the business down to his son J.C. Ferslew and the lithographer Philip Berendt, who created the company Centraltrykkeriet – later C. Ferslew & Co. Royal Book and Lithographic Printing Workshop. From the end of the 19th century to the begin- ning of the 20th century they printed everything from communist leaflets to Carlsberg beer-bottle labels. The marks and ‘scars’ made by the printing workshop can still be traced throughout Overgaden’s now listed building
With a friendly nod to the history of Overgaden, this architecture now forms the backdrop for an exhibition of contemporary art prints and graphics. PRESS PRINT! presents five different contributors rep- resenting the diversity of printed matter, from traditional analogue craftsmanship to new digital prints and crossovers between the two. Lithographs, serigraphs/silk screen prints, woodcuts, linocuts, etchings, monotypes, digital prints, risographs, photogravure, inkjet prints and UV prints on glass are exhibited alongside artists’ books and comics. Whereas some of the artists in the exhibition works with a classical approach, others sample elements of graphic disciplines to experiment with printing processes and materials to create new forms of expression.
One of the motivations behind the exhibition is to show how the production of graphic art is often socially and collectively driven. The five groups and individuals participating in the exhibition all function as central hubs. The artists either initiate or collaborate across a range of graphic and aesthetic forms, or they work with a master printer who they trust to guide their artistic potential in new directions. Here prints emerge as transformations from one form of artistic expression to another.
Without any overall curatorial or scenographic approach, PRESS PRINT! celebrates the work of a broad range of artists of all ages, genders and stages of their career who – regardless of whether they are affiliated with the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, publishing, running a print shop or are members of an association of graphic artists – join forces in the exhibition to present five different approaches to contemporary graphic art today.
The exhibition is accompanied by an extensive programme of work- shops, guided tours, talks and concerts.
Participating artists in the exhibition:
Louise Sidenius/Officin: Marie Kølbæk Iversen; Zven Balslev/Cult Pump: Erik Pontoppidan, Anne Van Der Linden, Andy Bolus and Peter Larsen; Printer’s Proof: Valérie Collart, Birk Bjørlo, Julie Sass and Erin Lawlor; The Danish Association of Graphic Artists: Jasper Sebastian Stürup, Martin Askholm, Leif Kath, Ole Folmer Hansen, Gay Chris- tensen, Bjarne Werner Sørensen, Anna Lindgren, Helle Frøsig, Ole Sporring, Gitte Bach, Rasmus Danø, Susanne Wellm, Søren Kastalje, Claus Handgaard Jørgensen, Malene Hartmann, Åse Eg Jørgensen, Joen Vedel, Masar Sohail and Hanne Ravn Hermansen; Lars Grenaae.