The permutations of paper

Not just a canvas for creative doodlings, the delivery mechanism for your daily news, or something to wrap fish and chips in, an upcoming exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery examines the potential of paper as an artistic medium.

Jason Brinkerhoff, Untitled, 2011

Source: © Jason Brinkerhoff. Image courtesy of the Saatchi Gallery, London

Jason Brinkerhoff, Untitled, 2011

A total of 44 international artists have been asked to demonstrate the versatility of paper as a medium for the show, called, simply, Paper.

Some of the more imaginative interpretations include Nina Katchadourian’s Lavatory Portraits, in which the artist takes self-portraits in aeroplane toilets, inspired by 15th century Flemish masterpieces.

Nina Katchadourian, Lavatory Self-Portrait in the Flemish Style #11, 2011

Source: © Nina Katchadourian. Image courtesy of the Saatchi Gallery, London

Nina Katchadourian, Lavatory Self-Portrait in the Flemish Style #11, 2011

In place of the lace and ruffles, Katchadourian uses protective paper seats as clothing.

Rachel Adams, meanwhile, drapes remnants of furniture in crinkled, delicate paper to create large, sculptural forms.

Rachel Adams, Ottoman, 2011

Source: © Rachel Adams. Image courtesy of the Saatchi Gallery, London

Rachel Adams, Ottoman, 2011

The gallery says the exhibition comes at a time when we are living in an increasingly paperless society, with paperless offices, newspapers in decline and even paper money diminishing.

‘The temporality of the material has never been more evident,’ they say.

Paper is at the Saatchi Gallery, King’s Road, London SW3, from 18 June to 29 September.

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