Assorted Paper

Leo Fitzmaurice, Eva Hesse, Bob Law, Jonathan Monk, Beatriz Olabarrieta, Amalia Pica, Mira Schendel, Samara Scott, Wolfgang Tillmans

 

Exhibition press

 

The Sunday Painter is pleased to present Assorted Paper, a cross generational exhibition exploring a range of engagements with the medium of paper, by Leo Fitzmaurice, Eva Hesse, Bob Law, Jonathan Monk, Beatriz Olabarrieta, Amalia Pica, Mira Schendel, Samara Scott and Wolfgang Tillmans. Encompassing political, historical, abstract, and everyday engagements with it, the use of the material questions preconceived notions of value and transforms pre-existing function and purpose. Some of the works in the show are born out of quotidian experiences, others posit more contemplative questions, but as a whole demonstrating the breadth of formal and conceptual layers within the medium.

Assorted Paper acknowledges the role of the material across the spectrum of existence, beginning at 
the lower end of things as we see its position within the transient rhythms of daily life. Smoking, eating, shitting, shopping are all present here. Carefully crafted sculptures, comprised of found cigarette packets from across the globe, are neatly and humorously repurposed into miniature football shirts, offering an anthropological survey of consumer culture. This language is further abstracted through the repurposing of supermarket flyers, the banality of a Tesco offer transformed into a hypnotic cascade. A restaurant receipt continues the show’s everyday engagements, as a drawing of a Daniel Buren work is casually scribbled onto the receipt. The drawing is sold for the same price as the meal on the receipt, as an experience from daily life is melded with artistic appropriation. Turning to more bodily concerns, a cauldron of domestic and household products, including toilet paper and cleaner and turmeric speak of an era of gross consumption and waste. Paper as a tool of record, a document of evidence, is visible in images created using bureaucratic stamps collected from around the world. Repeated imprints of these administrative tools are abstracted as the decorative images suggest freedom from rigid systems of command.

Moving away from these functional aspects of the medium, Assorted Paper also addresses more formal and dreamy propositions. A sheet of photographic paper’s physical folds and curves are photographed 
to produce geometric, tactile compositions, treating the photograph, and especially photographic paper itself, no longer as a reproductive medium, but as a material object. Nearby a sculptural melee combines objects made from lo-fi building materials with photocopied images. Operating as a site for examining and generating performance and writing, the configuration is a stage for a range of scenarios to unfold. A dense watercolour, made by flooding and sluicing the surface of the paper, invites contemplation as it creates a black pool sucking the light in, forcing a close up encounter in order to properly focus on the field of pigment. Oil on rice paper works present both spontaneity and error, and as such a very human presence is recorded in the making of these works. Fragmented thoughts and memories drift through them, evidence of the human mind itself. Finally, an evocative ink drawing suggests a collision between light and dark, with a biomorphic energy pushing against a dense occultation.

Jonathan Monk , Restaurant Drawing (Buren Again), 2017 Pencil on receipt 20 x 8 cm

Jonathan Monk

Restaurant Drawing (Buren Again), 2017
Pencil on receipt
20 x 8 cm

Installation view,

Installation view

Installation view,

Installation view

Installation view,

Installation view

Samara Scott, Bruise, 2017 Toilet paper, cistern bloo block, packaging card, turmeric 115 x 115 x 7 cm

Samara Scott

Bruise, 2017
Toilet paper, cistern bloo block, packaging card, turmeric
115 x 115 x 7 cm

Samara Scott, Bruise, 2017Toilet paper, cistern bloo block, packaging card, turmeric 115 x 115 x 7 cm

Samara Scott

Bruise, 2017
Toilet paper, cistern bloo block, packaging card, turmeric
115 x 115 x 7 cm

Amalia Pica, Joy in Paperwork #260, 261, 262, 2017 Ink on paper 3 parts: 33.3 x 24.6 cm

Amalia Pica

Joy in Paperwork #260, 261, 262, 2017
Ink on paper
3 parts: 33.3 x 24.6 cm

Amalia Pica, Joy in Paperwork #260, 261, 262, 2017 Ink on paper3 parts: 33.3 x 24.6 cm

Amalia Pica

Joy in Paperwork #260, 261, 262, 2017
Ink on paper
3 parts: 33.3 x 24.6 cm

Amalia Pica, Joy in Paperwork #260, 261, 262, 2017 Ink on paper3 parts: 33.3 x 24.6 cm

Amalia Pica

Joy in Paperwork #260, 261, 262, 2017
Ink on paper
3 parts: 33.3 x 24.6 cm

Amalia Pica, Joy in Paperwork #260, 261, 262, 2017 Ink on paper3 parts: 33.3 x 24.6 cm

Amalia Pica

Joy in Paperwork #260, 261, 262, 2017
Ink on paper
3 parts: 33.3 x 24.6 cm

Installation view,

Installation view

Wolfgang Tillmans , Paper Drop (Shadow), 2006 C-Type print 30 x 40 cm

Wolfgang Tillmans

Paper Drop (Shadow), 2006
C-Type print
30 x 40 cm

Installation view,

Installation view

Installation view,

Installation view

Eva Hesse , Untitled, 1961 Ink on paper 15.2 x 11.4 cm

Eva Hesse

Untitled, 1961
Ink on paper
15.2 x 11.4 cm

Installation view,

Installation view

Beatriz Olabarrieta, It Goes Both Ways (tele-drawing 2), 2017Laminate, light bulb, cable, receipts, hook, rubber band 120 x 160 cm

Beatriz Olabarrieta

It Goes Both Ways (tele-drawing 2), 2017
Laminate, light bulb, cable, receipts, hook, rubber band
120 x 160 cm

Leo Fitzmaurice, Post Match, Salem (white stripe), 2003 / L&M (red), 2009Folded cigarette-packet tops 100 x 90 x 4 mm (x2)

Leo Fitzmaurice

Post Match, Salem (white stripe), 2003 / L&M (red), 2009
Folded cigarette-packet tops
100 x 90 x 4 mm (x2)

Bob Law, Black Watercolour 22.5.87, 1987 Watercolour on paper 56 x 76 cm

Bob Law

Black Watercolour 22.5.87, 1987
Watercolour on paper
56 x 76 cm

Leo Fitzmaurice, You Try To Tell Me But I Never Listen, 2017 Store flyers Dimensions variable

Leo Fitzmaurice

You Try To Tell Me But I Never Listen, 2017
Store flyers
Dimensions variable

Leo Fitzmaurice, You Try To Tell Me But I Never Listen, 2017 Store flyersDimensions variable

Leo Fitzmaurice

You Try To Tell Me But I Never Listen, 2017
Store flyers
Dimensions variable

Installation view (Mira Schendel) ,

Installation view (Mira Schendel)

Mira Schendel, Untitled (from the series Minimal lines/Linhas minimais), 1964 Oil on rice paper 47 x 23 cm

Mira Schendel

Untitled (from the series Minimal lines/Linhas minimais), 1964
Oil on rice paper
47 x 23 cm

Mira Schendel, Untitled (from the series Religious writings/Escritas cheias religiosas), 1965 Oil on rice paper 47 x 23 cm

Mira Schendel

Untitled (from the series Religious writings/Escritas cheias religiosas), 1965
Oil on rice paper
47 x 23 cm