Since the early twentieth century artists have used paper not only as a surface to draw, paint or print on, but also as a material to compose, build and sculpt with. Tracing developments in the use of paper from the surrealist compositions of Roland Penrose to the work of present day practitioners such as John Stezaker, On Paper includes collages, drawings, objects and installations.
Among these varied artworks – produced on graph paper, headed paper, blotting paper, corrugated card, old envelopes or ordnance survey maps – are items that have been burnt, torn, cut, rubbed, folded or embossed.
Some artists have made paper their subject, making detailed drawings of theatre tickets, books and cards. With an informative and enjoyable essay by paper expert Ian Sansom, On Paper provides an illuminating overview of artists’ creative applications of this common material.
Artists include: Roger Ackling, Art & Language, Gillian Ayres, Karla Black, Damien Hirst, Tania Kovats, Jim Lambie, Linder, Kenneth Martin, Margaret Mellis, Eduardo Paolozzi, Cornelia Parker, Roland Penrose, John Stezaker, and Wolfgang Tillmans.
Accompanies the exhibition On Paper, touring to the following UK venues: (13 Jan – 4 Mar 2018) Perth Museum and Art Gallery; (17 Mar – 13 May 2018) Gallery Oldham; (26 May – 15 Jul 2018) Inverness Museum and Art Gallery; (28 Jul – 23 Sep 2018) Oriel Wrexham; (29 Sep – 25 Nov 2018) Glynn Vivian Art Gallery; (1 Dec 2018 – 17 Feb 2019) Victoria Art Gallery; (23 Feb 2019 – 28 Apr 2019) Thelma Hulbert Gallery.