David Krut Projects Proudly Presents Kwaal-Ity Control – an exhibition of cutting edge new prints by artist-printmaker collective Chad Cordeiro and Nathaniel Sheppard. Kwaal-ity Control looks squarely at the printmaking industry and art world as a whole through the eyes of two emerging artists who are also printmakers.
Most recently, Cordeiro and Sheppard collaborated with David Krut Workshop (DKW) to carve William Kentridge’s enormous woodcut, Mantegna – a formative experience that energized the artists-printmakers to grapple with the various components of the printing industry in their personal work. This exhibition marks Sheppard and Cordeiro’s first solo show since graduating with a BA Fine Art from Wits University last year, where the pair bonded over a cigarette and a love of hip hop and have collaborated ever since.
At its heart, Kwaal-ity Control is an explorative, sometimes satirical, comment on the concept of a printer’s ownership of labour. The title is a play on this central theme, pointing to “the idea that every print needs to be quality controlled – to be perfect, while raising important questions about labour and economy in terms of how much ownership the printer has over the work” – Sheppard and Cordeiro.
Cordeiro and Sheppard will be doing a performative printing piece on opening night, which will involve editioning work in real time, re-positioning the printer “front of house”, as it were, in a “white cube” context, to shake up convention and disrupt prescribed “roles”. “It is a simple gesture, placing the printer where they shouldn’t be to spark discussion in terms of what is expected from each component of the industry: the gallery, the printer and the artist”, they say.
Opening on Thursday 1 September 2016 at 18:00
Gallery hours 09:00 – 17:00
David Krut Projects, Parkwood