On Paper

Image Credit: Damien Hirst, Relationships, 1991. Copyright Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2015. Courtesy Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London

Victoria Art Gallery, Bridge Street, Bath, BA2 4AT

01225 477233

Saturday 01 December 2018 – Sunday 17 February 2019
Opening Hours: 10.30-17.00
Admission Fee: £4.50 (free for children and local Discovery Card holders)

On Paper, from the Arts Council Collection, showcases the work of acclaimed 20th-century and contemporary artists who work with paper. Looking beyond the mark-making of drawing to consider the material itself, the exhibition explores how artists have used paper as the focus of their work in creative and unusual ways.

The artists represented in On Paper use paper not only as a medium but also as the very matter of their art: it is the subject and the object, the means of production and the artefact produced. Demonstrating a range of approaches to collage, drawing and sculpture, On Paper showcases the work of over 40 artists including Damien Hirst, Roy Lichtenstein, Eduardo Paolozzi, Cornelia Parker, Wolfgang Tillmans and Bridget Riley, among many others.  

The exhibition shows how paper is used by artists to create three-dimensional objects, such as Karla Black’s delicate and sensuous hanging sculptures made from sugar paper, hair gel and chalk; Lesley Foxcroft’s two-tone corrugated bricks; Gareth Jones’s cape made from cloakroom tickets; Art and Language’s jigsaw puzzle; and Brian Griffiths’ Ron (1996), a corrugated cardboard recreation of an enormous primitive computer.

On Paper will also present collage works by Linder, Eduardo Paolozzi, Roland Penrose, John Stezaker and Tony Swain, who have cut and pasted works using newsprint, postcards and photographs, and paper works which have been rubbed, folded and embossed by Anna Barriball, Wolfgang Tillmans and Langlands & Bell.

This touring exhibition also includes paper which has been actively burnt, torn or otherwise transformed by Cornelia Parker, Tim Davies and Roger Ackling.

For some of the artists in On Paper, the choice of a particular type of paper is an important consideration when making their work. The precision of Bridget Riley and Kenneth Martin’s works is reflected in their preferences for graph paper; Jason Coburn applies scrawled words onto Ministry of Defence headed paper; while Prunella Clough’s ink line negotiates the hills and valleys of corrugated card.

The exhibition is accompanied by an illustrated publication, which will be on sale in the Gallery shop.

Talks and family activities

There will be lunchtime exhibition tours every Thursday, 6 December 2018 to 31 January 2019 inclusive, from 12.30pm to 1pm. The tours will be free for Discovery Card and ticket holders.

On Saturday 15 December, there will be free ‘Paper Puddings’ family activities, where children can create paper pudding decorations using a range of art papers (10.30am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-3.30pm).



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