In the end of November we reported about the paper-based work exhibition opening at Open Walls Gallery. Curated and installed under the name Paper Works, the intention of this group show was to pay tribute to the oldest of the materials, the paper. It is a tribute to its immediate accessibility, its abundance and the levels of its usability. The authors who were chosen to complete the task were driven only by this single piece of wearable material. It represents both the basis, the drawing surface, but it's also one of the crucial media for the artistic expression. It is certainly the most helpful tool, or rather mandatory, when it comes to instant delivery and the necessity of preserving the first iteration of the future artwork. The Paper Works opened on the 22nd of November at the Open Walls bringing a traditional installation populated by innovative approach to drawing.
Asking the question of whether limitations exist when using paper as canvas, one can find different answers. In terms of the environment - limits are there, but contemplating upon the expressive potency of drawing, possibilities are endless. Artists selected for the Paper Works show did a truly remarkable job as they took their turns with the papyrus. True, most of the works are drawings, some mixed with painting, with a few collages and installations to spice up the dynamics of the exhibition. Still, each piece is telling its own story, and after a while, you form the desired overall impression. Names such as OX, ALIAS, Vermibus, Paola Delfín, Anton Unai, SP38, BLO, WESR, Alaniz and Chow Martin took upon themselves to create special pieces, exploring the depths of their respective techniques and styles. Their work differs from one another in many ways, while their individual poetics complement one another, standing together in representation of the core idea of the exhibit.
Looking at all of those works displayed at the Open Walls, one tends to take over the murky energy depicted in all of the sketches and drawings. The pictures presented contain a large amount of brutal and overwhelming critique both towards oneself and to the modern society and its unresolved issues. Standing in front of Vermibus’s terrifying shadowy portraits,one feels like he's involved in an eye staring contest with the people who have succumbed to the Dorian Gray’s syndrome. It is a powerful presentation of the depths of the human condition. The apocalyptical collages of Anton Unai will just heat up the existing disturbance boiling within, as they chaotically illustrate the strong paradoxical relations between the human and the values this human promotes.
Paola Delfin takes the edge off with the certain something material, but remains in the domain of the unseen. Ironically, she achieves this by conjuring transparent silhouettes of humanoid portraits. SP38 is taking us back to the more adaptable surroundings with his both satirical, but honest messages concerned with the current state of the world of art and its emerging issues.
For all of those interested in experiencing the paper pondering, the exhibition is still on view, until the 17th of January, 2015, when the "fable of the paper" is concluded. All we can do is hope for the sequel, as paper is, indeed, a never-ending story.
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Note: All of the images are retrieved from the Open Walls Gallery.
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