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Franz Gertsch. Colour proofs

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The exhibition showcases a variety of colour proofs and provides insights into Franz Gertsch’s studio, his handling of colours, and the details in the printing process of his expansive, unique woodcuts. At this point, the artist’s collection of colour proofs fills several cassettes in his house. Besides their technical purpose, these samples also invite aesthetic and philosophical reflection: They represent the experiments and artistic considerations of past printing days and manifest a whole range of possibilities between visibility and invisibility, and abstraction and figuration on a small scale.
Unlike state proofs or trial proofs produced during the cutting process, the artist creates these colour proofs only in his printing studio in Bern: Gertsch uses a tone or sample plate to print an initially small amount of mixed paint onto a small piece of Kumohadamashi Japan paper, his material of choice. The aim is to proof the colour nuance and its quality before producing a larger quantity and printing the woodcut onto a big sheet of paper. Different plates (sometimes the process involves also a section of a work) result in different colour proofs with or without markings. On the printing day, Franz Gertsch mixes his colours from pure pigment powders and a transparent oil binder (transparent white oil-based varnish) and then follows his mental image to create the desired shade.
Orange Woodprint, Franz Gertsch
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