STEN LEX – Confini V
Stencil Poster on wooden panel
150 x 100 cm, 2021
Signed by the artists.
“Starting in 2010, after having used both the stencil and the poster as a means of expression for years, the Roman duo Sten Lex invents a process that combines the two techniques: the Stencil Poster.
This process consists of putting up a poster on the street made up of lines or dots. It is then cut out by hand on the wall to which it is applied, the paper matrix is then painted black and finally destroyed to reveal the final result. The concept behind this process is that atmospheric agents, rain, and wind destroy the matrix over time revealing the actual work.
The intrinsic meaning behind the stencil technique is thus taken to the point of paradox: by destroying the matrix, in fact, its characteristic of reproducibility is lost.
Further questioning the dualism uniqueness/reproducibility, Sten Lex, together with 56Fili, decide to replicate the technique of the Stencil Poster on paper, through screen printing, a means of serial printing.
The initial subject is extrapolated from a unique work made specifically as a tool for printing, thus subordinating the unique to the multiple, definitely overturning the canonical hierarchy.
This is how the unique artwork “Confini V“ was born, created with the Stencil Poster technique and representing the motif reproduced in the homonymous screenprint.”
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