Paper Matters takes place between 11 May – 2 June 2017, an Art First residency at Eagle Gallery over at 159 Farringdon Road, Clerkenwell, London, EC1R 3AL (Wednesday to Friday 11am – 6pm, Saturday 11am -4pm)
Exhibiting Artists – Christopher Cook / Simon Lewty / Bridget Macdonald / Will Maclean / Jack Milroy / Simon Morley
“The primacy of drawing is back, photography has won its position as a fine art, museum departments and specific drawing centres are now established worldwide. The artists presented here all use paper as a central part of their practice” so say Art First, and here’s what they have to say about the artists involved in what looks to be a rather stimulating show aver at Eagle Gallery.
Simon Lewty has worked exclusively with paper all his life, exploring its multiple surface and palimpsest potential to create both archaic and post-modern calligraphic imagery.
Christopher Cook’s ‘graphites’ are a mysterious mixture of graphite and oil, deployed in evocative abstractions with strong landscape or theatrical references.
Bridget Macdonald exhibited her large, breathtaking charcoal drawings before she considered showing her paintings, and paper remains the dominant element of her work, represented in many English museum collections.
Literature is a significant source for her, as it is for Simon Morley, a strict modernist known for his paintings of book covers and his colour-blocks painted over the texts of penguin book pages or poems, allowing them and titles to evoke the content.
Jack Milroy uses books themselves, releasing their illustrated contents with a scalpel, to move weightlessly through the pages.
For his collaboration with the poet John Burnside, Will Maclean expanded the image-to-poem arrangement of the book, A Catechism of the Laws of Storms, into an edition of striking prints, included in the exhibition.
And here’s some gathered together shots of the show, the gallery and “borrowed” bits of imagery (including some gallery shots (courtesy Justin Piperger) and well, you know how these things work, photos on websites and social media feeds give you a flavour, but you really need to go explore these thongs in the flesh…