With all the big galleries present and well know artists on show, London can sometimes be a bit overwhelming when it comes to art. That’s why recently I’m more drawn to smaller exhibitions spaces with interesting curatorial concepts like The Sunday Painter in Peckham.
Assorted Paper is a group exhibition exploring political, historical, abstract, and everyday engagements with the medium of paper, by Leo Fitzmaurice, Eva Hesse, Bob Law, Jonathan Monk, Beatriz Olabarrieta, Amalia Pica, Mira Schendel, Samara Scott and Wolfgang Tillmans.
As the accompanying text accurately summes up “smoking, eating, shitting or shopping” are not possible without paper, and all of these forms are present at the exhibition. As much as I enjoyed the overall idea of the show, I would like to point to four works that I found the most interesting.
This might be a thing from the 90ies but I can still remember that friends in school used to make little shirts out of cigarette packs. This is exactly the same thing Leo Fitzmaurice did with found packs from across the globe offering an humorously take on consumer culture. In a similar humorous but also visually very appealing way, he arranges Tesco flyers into a hypnotic cascade.
This one is a real art world insider – Jonathan Monk reinterprets a printing error of a Berlin restaurant receipt as a drawing of a Daniel Buren work. The receipt is sold for the same price as the meal on it.
One of my all times favourites is Wolfgang Tillmans “Paper Drop (Shadow)” showing how a sheet of photographic paper’s physical folds and curves. Similar works are also shown in his current Tate Modern exhibit – at one of those rather big and overwhelming institutions.
On view through 13 May 2017