Paperworks

The recent paper works are made by taking fragments, off-cuts, of aluminium and throwing them onto a printing press. Rather than being 'composed' the distribution of elements is determined by gravity and gesture, wind resistance and so on. Damp paper is then placed on top and run through the press. Under the pressure of the rollers the fragments are pushed into the surface of the paper leaving a heavy embossed outline. In some cases only one pressing is made, while in others the process is repeated and the intersections cut out.

The paper works are a further manifestation of the idea of 'trace' implicit in the paintings; evidence of the presence of something that is now absent. But unlike the paintings that presence is barely touched, inhuman. It is brute materiality unmediated by the artist's hand.