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"We have been working together since 2001, creating paintings, prints, and artists’ books. Perfectionists in terms of technique, in our quest to pursue formal innovation, we have begun to deconstruct the conventions and techniques of the silkscreening process. Our process involves intentional colour overlaps, smudges, bleeding, glitches and transparencies. As such, each piece is conceived intuitively, like an experimental painting, in which accidents, errors and un-learning play an important part. Our works prompts to rethink the understanding of what a book, a print, or a painting is. Our books are series of prints, our prints are as if they would be painted, and our paintings echoes prints."



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Swedish-French artist duo Anna Hellsgård and Christian “Meeloo” Gfeller, based in Berlin and Stockholm, have been working together since 2001, creating and producing prints, artists’ books, sculptures, zines and more in their print studio Re:Surgo!, cementing their reputation as master silkscreeners and innovators of the medium with every new project. Christian’s incessant artistic output began in 1995, making punk zines under the name Bongoût. From day one, Hellsgård and Gfeller have placed as strong an emphasis on intuition and skill as on DIY ethics and communal practice, in frequent collaborations with other artists on print projects, organizing exhibitions and opening their independent artist space and retail store in Berlin to international artists and musicians.

Perfectionists in terms of technique, their sought-after limited edition prints are meticulously produced from start to finish. Throughout the years, their desire to never repeat themselves and to pursue formal innovation and challenging visual content have animated every project and inspired further experiments. In their quest to constantly test and push the boundaries of the medium, they have begun to deconstruct its conventions, techniques and formal structures. Their series of monoprints Bad Printing illustrates this intention to question the familiarity of the silkscreening process, as it consciously highlights – and celebrates – its idiosyncrasies. Across the intentional overlaps, smudges, bleeding, glitches and transparencies we can recognize, in the two dimensions, a temporal axis as well, a decidedly analogue visual chronology of becoming. As such, each unique print is conceived like an experimental painting, in which accidents and errors play an important part. This resonates with one of their favorites, German painter Georg Baselitz, who described his approach as a struggle, a taming, a negotiation with the image in becoming: “I begin with an idea, but as I work, the picture takes over. Then there is the struggle between the idea I preconceived... and the picture that fights for its own life.”

Experimentation can never be about control. For Hellsgård and Gfeller, it is also, importantly, about un-learning. Chance is given a new prominence in the Bad Printing series. Using investigations into different intensities of abstraction and aleatory geometry, more intuitive than mathematical, these prints create an evocative fractal landscape of shapes, colors and depth. With their series of unique books, such as The Idiot, The Stranger or The Prince, Hellsgård and Gfeller have also re-thought the format of the book. Each of the books in this series is titled after a canonic literary work, and, with its solemn cover and precious binding, like a unique manuscript, prompts to rethink the understanding of what a book is, how it is made, how it circulates as a material object and how it mediates its content. Each page is a unique print, and on each, the pictorial references and figurative elements disintegrate and realign into an abstract composition across the multiple planes of the image. Echoing its literary namesake, a dense visual narrative emerges across the pages of each book.
- nine yamamoto masson

Re:Surgo! / Gfeller & Hellsgård's works have been exhibited worldwide and are in numerous permanent collections such as the MoMA NY, MoMA SF, Stanford Art Library, Harvard University's Fine Art Library, the State Museum of Berlin's Art Library, the Yale University Art Collection and many more.
The Collection of the University of Minnesota recently bought the complete silk-screened artists' book archive of Bongoût (1995-2012).




EXHIBITIONS & FAIRS

Cinders Projects Presents
"Decade of Decadunce"
Exhibition 11. July - 31. July

Opening, 10. July at 7 pm
at the Dossier Outpost
Fulton st. btwn Front + South St, South Street Seaport, Manhattan

More info >

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Moscow Global Biennale of Graphic Design
“Golden Bee 11”

Moscow, Central House of Artists, 7-12 October, 2014



 

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THE WALL - EXHIBITIONS

Our new exhibition space co-curated by Vincent Surmont the Wall is located inside our shop and studio.

Upcoming exhibition