Janez Bernik

6. 6.–31. 8. 1975

Moderna galerija, Ljubljana

Janez Bernik, Hand, 1973, colour screenprint; recipient of the International Jury Prize, 10th Biennial of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana, 1973.

The exhibition included fifteen colour screenprints made between 1973 and 1975. Bernik received an award for his screenprints made in 1972. These works mark a turning point in his printmaking. Screenprints were characteristic of his printmaking in the 1970s. He used them to draw a parallel with his tendencies in painting – his orientation towards absolute painting and a new understanding of colour. In these screenprints, all the artist’s theretofore tendencies come together in a way, while former symbols are replaced with new ones, a chair or an apple giving way to a hand, a stone or bread, for example. In the image-making process, the motif of the hand intertwines with a photographic image.