Artist Series E20: Rhett Martyn and Chad Cordeiro | A Sculptors approach to Printmaking

In this episode, printer Chad Cordiero from the David Krut Workshop (DKW) chats to artist Rhett Martyn over his printing process and experience at DKW. This episode was recorded in our busy printmaking workshop where there is a constant buzz of creativity and artistic labour. The David Krut Workshop at Arts on Main in the Maboneng Precinct, Johannesburg is the centre of David Krut Project’s (DKP) artistic collaborations. The workshop has been involved in exciting print collaborations with artists since 2002.

“In 2015, I was invited by the David Krut Workshop to collaborate on this series of prints. My intention was to produce architecture and landscape inspired works, showing off clean lines in desolate landscapes with Zen-like precision. With a dry point drawing needle and copper plate in hand, I set off thinking that my task would be completed promptly, however, the subsequent days of drawing and printing resulted in an epic journey taken on the surface of the plate. This series of prints unveils a psychological process playing out over time, a journey in which some of the places visited along the way are as interesting as the destination in the final edition of the print.” – Rhett Martyn

CHAPTERS:

2:50 – Rhett’s sculptural approach to drypoint  7:45 – Reverse archaeology in printmaking 8:45 – New work, imagery and the city of Johannesburg 12:30 – The frustration of the process 14:30 – The physicality of printmaking 17:30 – Rhett’s upcoming project 1:10 Modernist Plunder : New Constructivists