Works on Paper at EB&Flow

Paper is at the centre of a group show opening today at east London’s EB&Flow Gallery, looking at the material’s use as medium, surface and as a tool in preparatory studies.

Un-painting (Camel on boat), Marc Bowditch
Un-painting (Camel on boat), Marc Bowditch

The show, ingeniously entitled Works on Paper, aims to put the humble substance in the spotlight, examining its importance in contemporary art.

The huge variation in works in the exhibition aims to show paper’s versatility as both a midway stage in creating a final piece; and as an end statement.

Gemma Anderson, Rhombic Dodecahedron (Alternative View)
Gemma Anderson, Rhombic Dodecahedron (Alternative View)

The result is a show presenting drawings, paintings, prints and sculptures; and artists have taken the material and looked at it in unexpected lights – folding, texturing and incising it.

Nicholas McLeod, Complete Psycho 2
Nicholas McLeod, Complete Psycho 2

Divided into three sections – the aforementioned study, medium and surface – the show features work from Katie Louise Surridge, who exhibits rust on paper; Annie Cattrell’s cuts on paper; Neil Ayling’s sculptures and William Bradleys ink and watercolour works; as well as prints from Chilean artists Cristobel Lehyt.

Un-Painting (elephant on train car), Marc Bowditch
Un-Painting (elephant on train car), Marc Bowditch

‘Pieces celebrating the beauty of paper as a material, will be presented alongside others in which it is mutilated or partially destroyed’, says the gallery. ‘The viewer will quickly realise that the former means nothing without the latter.’ Who knew paper could be so emotive.

Manuela Carrano, La Rosa
Manuela Carrano, La Rosa

Works on Paper runs from 9 February – 23 March at EB&Flow, 77 Leonard Street, London EC2A

All images courtesy EB&Flow

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