Third in the Stereoscopic Collection, my début hand pulled screen print editions in two colour. This version of the anaglyph application renders a different typographical pun into each eye, while most of the letters are in similar positions.
Origins of the concept
It all began when I was working on the designs for the protest themed Shangri-La field at Glastonbury Festival in 2016. I had several pieces decorating the site, including a portrait of David Cameron made up of video screen stills taken of UK public protests.
This phrase came to me for a hand-painted billboard design, one of many alternative posters strewn around the dystopian future village which is Shangri-La signature style. Not immediately obvious is the lack of the possessive (Minister’s), making it a plural or applied in general to any head of state. And mashed up with the popular, inclusive BBC televisual delight which is “Question Time”.
There aren’t any photographs of it in construction as the deadline was looming and so I had only 5 hours to calculate the spacing as well as paint four separate boards that would hopefully join together. This was my last contribution in the production cycle.
For the last few months I have enrolled in the print club operated by Mark My Words and Jacknife in Bristol. Learned so much about the process, by getting my hands, clothes and mind filthier than usual. Seems as if it is something I should just do, fells so right. Handling the machinery and tweaking each step of the process is fascinating – temperature, pressure, surface, timing, precision (or lack of it). I have got my error ratio down from 50% to 25% in two months, proving I am familiarising myself with the process and its limitations.
Whilst I am learning to print, and particularly in stereo – I have no way to know if people remain sceptical of wearing goggles to understand art, especially with the ascension and availability of Virtual Reality. Screen printing stereoscopic anaglyph prints allows a third dimension from two, or two pieces of artwork overlapping one another – which in my view is quite economical – 50% more dimension in fact.
If you are as interested as I am with stereoscopic artworks and wish to see some more of this fascinating technique, please visit my online shop and support this small, experimental collection.