Christiane Baumgartner is a German artist best known for her woodcut printmaking. Baumgartner studied at the Hochschule fur Grafik und Buchkunst, from 1988 to 1994 before completing her Masters in Printmaking at the Royal College of Art in London in 1999. Baumgartner is best known for the monumental woodcuts based on her own films and video stills, for example 1 Sekunde, in which she documented a single second of video in a series of 25 woodcuts, she has said that she is "interested in woodcut for conceptual reasons and not just for the love of the material...it's about bringing together the different mediums of the video still and the woodcut, about combining the first and the latest reproduction techniques to produce an image...." She first came to public attention in the UK in EAST international in 2004 with her print Shack and a year with a major solo exhibition at the Ikon Gallery in Birmingham. She was included in the groundbreaking exhibition at MoMA, NY, Eye on Europe. In 2009 she received the Teresa Bulgarini Prize for her woodcuts which deal with concepts of time, motion and acceleration.
In 2012 she was awarded the first Goethe-Institut artist's residency in Vietnam, jointly sponsored by the state of Saxony. She began her three-month stay with an exhibition at the Goethe-Institut in Hanoi - Holzschnitt im digitalen Zeitalter and finished with a tour around the country's art schools, sharing her experience in the art of woodcut, her work was subject to a traveling retrospective in 2014-2015, with exhibitions at the Centre de la Gravure et de l'Image Imprimée in La Louviere, the Museum Kunstpalast in Düsseldorf, the Musée d'Art et d'Histoire in Geneva. Baumgartner’s works are included in the collections of Albertina, the British Museum, the Städel, Kadist Art Foundation, Kunsthaus Zurich, Museum der bildenden Künste, Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of Modern Art, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Stedelijk Museum, The New Art Gallery Walsall and Victoria and Albert Museum, among others, her working process is intuitive. She begins by selecting an image from existing film footage she shoots off of a television screen.
The grainy lines of the screen appear in her final images. She creates a half-tone image, she prints the image and transfers it onto a woodblock and starts cutting. She uses the cutting as time for reflection. Once the cutting is complete, at such a large scale she must print by hand, using no press. "I like the handmade aspect of the cutting with all its inaccuracies and mistakes- this is an important aspect of the final print."
Stéphane Ducret is a Swiss contemporary artist born in 1970 in Lausanne and living in Geneva, Switzerland since 2012. Ducret was Silvie Defraoui's, Gilles Porret's and Christian Marclay's pupil at the Geneva University of Art, he was commissioned to make large-scale paintings by the Geneva Hospital and by the Geneva International Conference Center before moving to New York City. He showed his work at the Bronx Museum of the Arts among others, founded the Point Gallery, he now lives and works in Geneva after having lived in New York and Buenos Aires. Stéphane Ducret is a Visual Artist, born in 1970 in Lausanne, awarded in 2003 by the Leenaards Fondation, an Art Teacher and Coach based in Geneva, he holds a Master in Art History from the Ecole Supérieure d'Art Visuel de Genève. His work has been exhibited at The Bronx Museum of New York. With more than 25 years of artist practice and experience of the art world, he has had art residencies in New York, Buenos Aires and Mexico City. From 2002 to 2006, he has been a member of the direction of ECAL, where he was a teacher and in charge of the proficiency program.
He founded two art galleries, one in New York and the other in Geneva and he has been the director of l'elac. From 2016, he develops « ART CLASSE par Stéphane Ducret » for adults and corporates, in order to respond to an increased and diverse demand around contemporary art. ART CLASSE’s wide range of propositions include: creativity workshops such as the REAL/FAKE workshops, with an immediate success counting more than 300 registrations per year. Stéphane Ducret's official website ART CLASSE's official website