KiKiRiKi Tous les Soirs – 6/6 – Wave Prints 1

Title KiKiRiKi Tous les Soirs
Year 2005
Size H 1189 x W 841 mm
Technique 2 colour screenprint on 120 grams/m2 Natronkraft paper
Edition 25 signed and numbered prints out of 75 prints total

KiKiRiKi Tous les Soirs
A graphic environment based on posters from the Dutailly Collection, the historical fundament of the annual International Poster and Graphic Arts Festival of Chaumont, May 21 – June 26, 2005

Posters Collection Dutailly courtesy City of Chaumont

From a preselection of 500 vintage posters (10% of appr. 5.000 originals), hunderds of elements were transferrred from the originals to black paper.

Katsushika Hokusai’s (1760 – 1849) The Great Wave off Kanagawa (left) has become THE international icon for Japanese woodblockprints and ukiyo-e art in general. In this project it refers to to Japonism, the wave of Japanese images washing over Japan and influncing art and design during the 19th century.

Sea monsters from Hokusai Manga (right), his ‘involuntairy sketches’ in which he tried to capture his entire universe.

The composition is basically built from the contour of France, the location of Chaumont, plus the wave and some sea creatures… To ensure impact though overprinting, it’s crucial to have a combination of positive and negative elements.

Scala, Tous Les Soirs Ki-Ki-Ri-Ki, Chromolithography, Paris 1873. The poster that inspired the title of this project. The psychedelic rock posters of the sixties were often influenced by Fin the Siecle art. (Does that make my work an echo of an echo of an echo?) Poster Collection Dutailly courtesy City of Chaumont. Lee Conklin, the Chambers Brothers & others, screenprint, 1968, from Off the Wall, Psychedelic Rock Posters from San Francisco, Thames & Hudson 2005

May 22nd, 2005
, Posted in Solo Show, Posters