Cheeseburger Deluxe (2016)
Edition of 100 unique prints
Lithographic print on Somerset 300 gsm Velvet. Produced by Paupers Press, London.
71 x 98 cm (28 x 38.5 in)
Signed, numbered and dated by the artist
At the beginning of making her edition Cheeseburger Deluxe, Katherine Bernhardt experimented with various colour combinations. During this process of colour proofing, the printer (in this case, the wonderful Michael Taylor at Paupers Press) is typically unconcerned with making technically perfect prints, and concentrates instead on producing rough examples for the artist to evaluate.
Faced with numerous colour options, Bernhardt was less attracted to any single version, and more to the mis-registrations, blurring of colours, ink splash marks, and other unplanned incidents which occurred during the proofing process. They were of such appeal to Bernhardt that she decided to incorporate them into the whole edition. She asked the printer to follow a relatively random choice of colourways, and to allow for the same unplanned mark-making as would occur if he were simply proofing the print. The end result is a series of 100 unique prints. For Bernhardt this way of making a print has a close approximation to her studio practice and her instinct for making images, where chance and the accidental are favoured over the mechanical and the pre-planned.