David Krut Projects, in collaboration with the AVA, is pleased to present MATRIX, an exhibition of editioned works from the David Krut Print Workshop (DKW) that sheds light on the processes of printmaking. The exhibition coincides with the AVA/Strauss Open Printmaking Studio, which is to be held at the AVA from 4 June – 21 July and will see the main gallery transformed into an open studio for 32 artists and 7 printmaking specialists. The selection of works explore a range of different intaglio and relief printing techniques and are exhibited alongside the plates that were used to make them and, in some cases, the trial proofs that show the development of the work.
Prints, unlike paintings or drawings, generally exist in multiple examples. They are created by drawing a composition not directly on paper but on another surface, called a matrix, and then, by various techniques, transferring that image onto paper. The matrix (from the Latin word mater, meaning mother) can be made out of a number of things – a wooden block, a metal plate, a lithographic stone or a mesh screen for example. At DKW, etching (on copper plates) and relief printing (on woodblock and linoleum plates) are used most frequently. Artists in studio have the opportunity to work with a master printer, who helps to achieve the marks the artists want by guiding the artists in the manipulation of the matrix. The job of the collaborating printer, ultimately, is to build the confidence in artists that allows the way they see the world to come through their hands, in a medium and using techniques they may be unfamiliar with and taking the transformative nature of the press into account. Printmaking is the only medium in which the process of an artist’s image creation is revealed, also to the artist – when a proof is pulled off the press, the artist sees the result for the first time, along with everyone else. Consequently, the print workshop is a supportive environment that embraces technical and aesthetic exploration, innovation and collaboration.
Included in MATRIX are works by Deborah Bell, William Kentridge, Maja Maljević, Senzo Shabangu, Diane Victor, Mary Wafer and Quinten Williams that offer viewers insight into techniques from linocut to aquatint. As well as plates and proofs, the installation includes explanatory text for each technique used and a number of important printmaking terms.
Published by: AVA Admin in Past