Stretch & Expose

Exhibition dates: Thursday, June 14 – Friday, September 14, 2012
Opening Reception: Thursday, June 14, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m
Location: Ground floor of San Francisco City Hall
Viewing Hours: Mondays – Fridays, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Free entry


Featured Artists: Erin Allen, Bert Bergen & Collaborators, Gina M Contreras, Angus Haller, nif hodgson, Alex Kopps, Paul Morgan, Laurel Prieto, Jonathan Runcio, Mark Taylor, Aaron Terry, Jim Winters, Chelsea Wong and Nyssa Zinn.

Lead Curator: Bert Bergen
Assistant Curators: Meg Shiffler, Maren Salomon, Raphael Villet


The San Francisco Arts Commission Galleries’ Art at City Hall program presents Stretch & Expose. This exhibition is dedicated to celebrating the rich diversity of contemporary screen printing and the artistic minds that choose to manipulate this media to embody and expose their vision.

Today, screen printing by hand is considered obsolete for large-scale industrial printing runs, but is still utilized in the production of small run posters and t-shirts. When developing the concept for this exhibition the curatorial team considered featuring the history of Bay Area music posters, or activist posters, however in the end we decided to focus on something much more curious – fine art screen printing.

Why would artists still choose to screen print when the prevalent method for printing has become digital? When the curators posed the question to the participating artists, each answer was different, however there seemed to be common ground rooted in both the desire to control the work through a particular physical process, and also enjoying the random inconsistencies the process produces. Additionally, screen printing is an economical way to produce duplicates, and it allows for a myriad of experimental possibilities.

Each artist selected for Stretch & Expose approaches the media with unique aesthetic objectives in mind. We’re pleased to present a broad look at fine art screen printing in the Bay Area today.


This exhibition is funded by the San Francisco Arts Commission and Grants for the Arts / SF Hotel Tax Fund.

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