For Cape Town Art Fair 2017, Artist Proof Studio has featured exciting new releases by Jan Tshikhuthula, Phillip Mabote, Lebohang Sithole, Alex Vosloo, Lindokuhle Zwane and main featured artist William Kentridge just to name a few.
The featured works at the Artist Proof Studio stand includes Kentridge’s Garibaldi and The Triumph of Bacchus. The large works of Garibaldi and The Triumph of Bacchus have been translated into monumental prints retaining some of the impetus and spirit of Rome frieze: Triumphs and Laments.
About the work The image is drawn across 20 brass plates with a sugar-lift mixture and ink. The plates are then covered with a varnish or ground and submerged in water to ‘lift’ the drawing through washing, leaving a negative image. This is aquatinted with enamel spray paint and immersed in ferric chloride- a non-toxic equivalent of acid. The paper used to print each plate is hand made from raw Chinese hemp fibre that is cooked, pulped and cast into lightweight sheets at the Phumani Archive Papermill at the University of Johannesburg. The plates have been further etched and dry-pointed adding additional layers of tone and nuance to the images.
The prints are mounted on raw cotton cloth through the etching press assuming the rough texture of the cloth. The cloth is folded in on itself using the format of a folded map that fits modestly into ones hands, denying the monumentality of a huge framed artwork. This paradox echoes what Guercio, describing the Rome frieze, called “a desire to experience both the unfolding of time and time itself as unfolding”.