Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Printmaking Today.

Printmaking Today article - out now autumn edition. Background and technical information about the Youtube Portraits project.  Other news is that I have been selected for a residency at the Santa Fe Arts Institute in Mew Mexico next July. Very exciting. I will be working with Native American Midwives and women in the peublos around Santa Fe.

Thursday, 6 September 2012

Galerie Deadfly - Life is Beautful

Image : Maurice Doherty, director Galerie Deadfly Berlin. 

I just got back from Berlin where I showed another work from the Youtube Series at Galerie Deadfly in Friedrichshain Berlin. Maurice runs the gallery in a really lively part of the city. It is the forth in a series of shows called Life is Beautiful. Maurice chose one of the most ambiguously sexual images of the series to show and it was pretty fascinating to overhear some of the comments around the work because a fair amount of visitors to the opening night believed they were looking at porn. When I explained (or they read the title) and realised it was a birth, their attitudes to the work appeared to change quite profoundly. This time the work was hung using supermagnets.

Installation shot 'Life is Beautiful'

‘A szülés természete’ The natural way of birth Four-colour screen-print on Fabriano paper 101 x 148 cm 2012 Helen Knowles

Installation shot of opening night of Life is Beautiful : work by Fred Pedersen

Monday, 25 June 2012

June 2012 - Youtube Portraits project winner of the Great Art Prize.

I have finished the intense production period afforded to me by Arts Council England to make 7 large scale screen prints and editions of them at Hotbed Press. Read below for more information. I have been working with Poppy Bowers (Assistant Curator at Whitechapel) on a freelance basis to secure an exhibition in London in 2013. More info on this to follow - but the big news is that I won the Great Art Prize and two of my prints are on show in Bolton in the Neo Art Gallery! 

Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Digital Romatics Exhibition - Dean Clough Gallery

Installation shot of Digital Romantics exhibition at The Dean Clough Gallery. 2012. 

'Раждане с оргазъм' Birth with orgasm 
Four Colour Screen print on Fabriano 1/3 x 146cm. Helen Knowles 2012

Friday, 27 January 2012

Youtube screen printing project at Hotbed Press.

I have been working since December 2011 on a series of new large scale screen prints in an Arts Council England funded project. I am teaming up with curator Poppy Bowers to show these works in a solo exhibition in 2013. To date I have produced 3 works, two of the prints I have just made will be shown in the Crossley Gallery for the exhibition Digital Romantics. I have a studio at Hotbed Press in Salford and work in the Press printing large scale. The unusual aspect to these works is the way that they are exposed. This is with a normal digital projector. It takes many tests per print to achieve the exact colour balance and the intricacies of working on such a large scale throw up many problems. Not just the fact that it takes two people to carry the screen! Here are a selection of images which show myself and Ivan Liotchev working in the studios at Hotbed.

Exposing with a digital projector.

 working on the large screen bed.

checking out the print at the Yellow and Magenta stage.