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'Art of Print' ink-jet showcase seeks crowd-funding to add to HP support

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Written on 24/06/2015 | Posted 2 years 7 months 25 days ago

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Rudolf Scharpf will be among the artists featured as part of the project Rudolf Scharpf will be among the artists featured as part of the project

HP's graphic solutions business has offered its support to 'Surprise. The Art of Print', a crowd-funded initiative aiming to showcase historic artistic prints alongside contemporary pieces produced using digital print technology. 

The showcase, developed by Value Communication's Andreas Weber and Dr Ying Lin-Sill, will feature several German and Chinese artists. Artwork printed on the HP Latex 360 and DesignJet 500 will sit alongside pieces produces using older techniques, including gravure, woodcut, linocut and lithography.

The project began as a unique art book project, printed by Elanders Germany using an Indigo 10000 machine, before the decision was made to set up a full-scale exhibition. An Indiegogo fundraising campaign has been launched with the aim of securing the funds required to allow the showcase to go ahead.

"We selected China as the best place to start this exhibition because China is the homeland of paper and printing: they invented it," comments Weber. "There is a certain trend in China, as in other parts of the world, where younger artists are switching to tablets in order to create art work. We plan to help show how, via digital ink-jet technologies, their virtual art can be brought back to a tangible state."

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