Stretch & Expose: A curated survey of silkscreening in the Bay Area.
The San Francisco Arts Commission Galleries Art at City Hall program presents The Stretch and Expose exhibition, which will be dedicated to celebrating the rich history of screen printing and the artistic minds that chose to manipulate this media to embody and expose their vision. It is a compilation of non-commercial screen printing from the direct hearts and minds of San Francisco.
Screen printing is in essence, a stencil method. A fine mesh fabric (formerly composed of silk strands now more often of polyester, nylon or steel) is stretched taught across a frame to allow the ink to only pass through the open spaces the artist has designated. Today, Screen printing by hand is generally considered obsolete for large scale industrial printing runs. However, it continues to be embraced by a variety of artists for its ability to make economical duplicates, democratic accessibility, capacity to produce infinitesimal effects, myriad of experimental possibilities and physicality of process.
Some of the artists that will be exhibited at this event: Erin Allen, Gina M Contreras, Angus Haller, Nif Hodgson, Alex Kopps, Jonathan Runcio, Mark Taylor, Jim Winters, Chelsea Wong, Nyssa Zinn.