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IdleBeats at The Foundry Gallery

December 1, 2011

Shanghai's premiere screenprint studio and art collective is launching its first art show

  • Text by Terence Teh

Founded by Nini Sum and Gregor Koerting, IdleBeats is Shanghai's most inspiring independent art crew, and on December 10 at The Foundry, they will launch their first ever screen print art show. Featuring 80+ posters and art prints, originally created by IdleBeats along with artists from over 10 countries, all hand screen printed in limited editions at IdleBeats studio. Framed prints and prints in tubes at an affordable price (starts from 100rmb) will be available to purchase at the show as gifts for the holiday season.

Satellite Voices: How did the first gig posters start?
Nini Sum: The first gig poster designed and printed by IdleBeats was for Shanghai music crew Sub-culture featuring musician / DJ Clouds and Desto at Shelter - a cool underground music club downtown. Sub-culture's Gaz also runs Shelter and is a fan of screen printed poster art. We decided to do the IdleBeats x Sub-culture poster project which is where we invite different artists to design posters for each month's Sub-culture gig and hand-pull them at the studio. We also get down to Shelter at the gig night to have a poster booth selling them while getting ourselves drunk.

SV: Can you introduce a couple of the overseas artists that are part of the show?
Nini Sum: The first name must be Gregor Koerting, the significant half of IdleBeats. Originally from Dresden Germany, former punk rock band bass player, founder of visual art studio Spectery, the most talented, dedicated, reliable studio partner as well as the greatest father (of a two-year-old-girl) and nicest person in the world. Gregor's art style combines hand-drawn / retro / psychedelic / mythology / timeless and kindness. The posters he made are the pieces you can pass on to your children and they can still stare and feel new things about it.

The most recent oversea artist we worked with is Kim Laughton aka Olive Pixel. He's originally from the UK and now living in Shanghai. An awesome VJ/photographer who's obsessed with futurism, he's also a member of a Shanghai-based dark electronic / rap crew called ROM. With this poster he did a good job of showing his great VJ skills and unique futuristic style in one stop frame. The skeleton walking in red desert is memorable and catches people's eyes right at the first glance.

SV: Do you feel the hand made aspects of screen printing resonate especially with Chinese audiences?
Nini Sum: Although the technique was invented by Chinese thousands of years ago, people nowadays aren't so familiar with that. Especially as the economic / technology scene is growing insanely and I sometimes feel like people dont really have time (or are willing to spend time) for this old school, hand crafted stuff. However I do think this situation is getting better, we have more chinese collectors now, compared to two-years-ago, and there are more young designers / art lovers getting to know about screen printing as well as the studio. That's a good thing too.

SV: What's next for 2012 and IdleBeats?
Nini Sum: We hope to make more art prints and also work with more artists in 2012. Besides that, Gregor's aiming to finish a comic book, it's supposed to be scary as hell and will be published in Europe to scare the audiences there. I am going to spend some time on my oil painting / sculpture pieces and maybe have a solo exhibition of them in Hong Kong later next year.

IdleBeats at The Foundry Gallery on December 10, Saturday 2pm - 10pm @

729 Shanxi Bei Lu, near Kangding Lu

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