Galerie Lelong & Co. is pleased to present Kate Shepherd: Protest Posters in our online viewing room. The opening of this room coincides with the re-opening of Shepherd’s exhibition in the gallery, Surveillance, which is on view through July 30, 2020. Please click here to make a viewing appointment.
Shepherd’s exploration of this body of work began in 2007. Seeking a way to work as efficiently as possible while on press, only one screen was shot and printed. To create myriad permutations, different shapes and colors were achieved by shifting the paper up and down between layers and flipping the page. “I often picked from a wall of inks left at the print shop from other artist and re-tinted them to my needs. Colors were extended with base medium to add transparency so that secondary and tertiary hues could emerge. The self-imposed rules of the project changed with each 'edition' of the print; however, the one constant was that no two prints would ever be the same,” Shepherd states. The artist titled the works Protest Posters for their vertical proportions but also with the idea that these color studies carry an emotional impact.
In our viewing room, we are pleased to offer prints from Shepherd’s red, blue, and violet series, and her most recent series, Nina Simone Sings Pirate Jenny. These last prints are made to illustrate stark shifts—both with the strong contrasts of layers and the title that harkens to a powerful song performed from two points of view.