STEN LEX – Confini V
Screen print / Serigrafia, 6 layers
(with 1 removable layer)
70 x 50 cm, 2021
Old Mill paper, 300 gr.
Limited edition of 40
Printed by 56Fili
Signed and numbered 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.
The problem now arises of making the two processes coincide: the one of the work on the wall and the one of the artisan serigraphy. Borrowing products usually used in industrial screen printing applied to daily-use objects, 56Fili waterproofs the support and makes it possible to create a layer of the removable film: the matrix.
The result is a print, produced by Varsi Lab in a limited edition of 40, which reproduces in the first instance the whole, consisting of the matrix and the final work. The latter is hidden, concealed from view by the black of the matrix that fills the space. Sten Lex thus lets us take control of the process of revealing the work, leaving it up to us to decide whether to make it an active or passive process, to destroy the matrix or to let time reveal to us what lies beneath.”
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