Today's Paper

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White Haring, 2017
Watercolour on paper, framed
36" x 48"

ANGELL GALLERY presents Today’s Paper, a survey of new artworks on paper by some of Canada’s best emerging and mid-career artists, selected by associate director Bill Clarke. The exhibition runs from Friday, July 27 to Saturday, August 25, with an opening reception from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 28.

Paper is arguably the oldest material on which artists have made work. Historians haven’t determined an exact date for paper’s invention, but it is believed that paper, as we know it today, first appeared in China around 100 BC. (Canvas, by comparison, appeared in Europe in the 13th Century, but wasn’t commonly used by artists for painting until the 15th.)

Today’s Paper showcases a broad range of recent paper-based works by Canadians based in Vancouver, Winnipeg, Toronto, Brooklyn and London (U.K.), ranging from Colleen McCarten’s sewn geometric patterns that re-visit the legacy of minimalism to Kim Kennedy Austin’s flocked works based on illustrations from vintage Canadian magazines. 

The show emphasizes the variety of styles and subjects conveyed on paper, from Ryan Quast’s humorously abject emojis, Luke Painter’s and Tristram Lansdowne’s architectural flights of fancy, Ted Barker’s graphite works that are easily mistaken for vintage photographs, and Jason McLean’s stamp-pad indexes of Canadian celebrity. Unique and highly personal takes on figuration are produced by Spencer Hatch, Chris Ironside, Andrew Salgado and Sarah Letovsky, while Steve Driscoll, Gavin Lynch and Rebecca Chaperon present visionary interpretations of the landscape.

The Smithsonian, the MoMA New York, the Tate, the Art Gallery of Ontario and many other institutions possess extensive paper-based collections, proving that such works are worth acquiring and looking at. According to a recent article in the online newsletter Artsy, art on paper is an accessible way for new collectors to obtain work and has started appearing more frequently at art fairs because of the intimate experience a work on paper conveys. In a world of digital devices, a pencil or brush making a mark on paper feels comfortingly nostalgic. Paper grounds us in the real world and calls attention to human gestures.

George Passmore (of the internationally renown artist duo Gilbert & George) states in a recent interview in U.K.-based Elephant magazine: “People don’t do a drawing with a pencil. It’s done with their heads, their souls and their sex.” Indeed, drawings, and other paper-based art forms, are enduring, expansive, engaging and experimental.

– Bill Clarke

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Installation photograph (Alex Fischer)
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Installation photograph (Alex Fischer)
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Installation photograph (Alex Fischer)
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Installation photograph (Alex Fischer)
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Installation photograph (Alex Fischer)
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Kim Kennedy Austin
Brandy Snifter, 2017
Flocking on Arches paper, framed
19" x 15"
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Kim Kennedy Austin
Brandy Sniffer, 2017
Flocking on Arches paper, framed
19" x 15"
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Ted Barker
Dress 2, 2017
Graphite on paper, framed
14" x 11"
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Ted Barker
Dress 1, 2017
Graphite on paper, framed
14" x 11"
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Ted Barker
Cheetah, 2018
Graphite on paper, framed
14" x 18"
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Ted Barker
Honeypot, 2018
Graphite on paper, framed
18" x 14" (sold)
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Rebecca Chaperon
Rainbow Bridge, 2018
Acrylic on paper, framed
22" x 15"
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Rebecca Chaperon
In Amongst II, 2018
Acrylic on paper, framed
22" x 15"
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Rebecca Chaperon
Cave Dream, 2018
Acrylic on paper, framed
22" x 15" (sold)
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Steve Driscoll
Shoreline 2, 2018
Ink and graphite on paper, framed
20" x 16" (sold)
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Steve Driscoll
Shoreline 1, 2018
Ink and graphite on paper, framed
20" x 16" (sold)
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Steve Driscoll
Woods 11, 2018
Screenprint on polystyrene (unique variation), framed
49" x 37"
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Spencer Hatch
Untitled, 2018
Ink and coloured pencil on paper
15" x 12"
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Spencer Hatch
Untitled, 2018
Ink and coloured pencil on paper
15" x 12"
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Spencer Hatch
Untitled, 2018
Ink and coloured pencil on paper
15" x 12"
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Spencer Hatch
Untitled, 2018
Ink and coloured pencil on paper
15" x 12"
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Chris Ironside
Peek-a-Boo, 2018
Graphite, glitter, archival glue on paper, framed
14" x 11"
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Chris Ironside
Social Butterfly, 2018
Graphite, glitter, archival glue on paper, framed
22" x 16"
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Chris Ironside
Untitled #2, 2017
Graphite on paper, framed
12" x 9"
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Tristram Lansdowne
Room with a View, 2017
Watercolour on paper, framed
36" x 45"
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Sarah Letovsky
Untitled 1, 2017
Watercolour on paper
13" x 13"
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Sarah Letovsky
Untitled 2, 2017
Watercolour on paper
13" x 13"
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Sarah Letovsky
Untitled 3, 2017
Watercolour on paper
13" x 11"
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Gavin Lynch
Early Morning (Edelweiss), 2018
Acrylic on paper mounted to hardboard, framed
30" x 20"
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Gavin Lynch
The Painter's Lake (sketch), 2018
Acrylic on paper mounted to hardboard, framed
20" x 30"
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Colleen McCarten
Continuous line, 2017
Thread on watercolour paper
15" x 11"
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Colleen McCarten
Continuous line with corner drop, 2017
Thread on watercolour paper
15" x 11"
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Colleen McCarten
Continuous line with horizontal and vertical corner drop, 2017
Thread on watercolour paper
15" x 11"
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Jason McLean
Up the CN Tower, 2018
Acrylic ink and stamp pad ink on paper, framed
34" x 48"
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Jason McLean
Thinking About King of the Hill, 2017
Ink and collage on paper, framed
17" x 12"
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Luke Painter
Food Court, 2018
Ink on paper, framed
10" x 14"
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Luke Painter
House of Lestat, 2018
Ink on paper, framed
11" x 14"
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Luke Painter
Staircase, 2018
Ink on paper, framed
11" x 14"
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Ryan Quast
Spent the Rent, 2018
Gouache on Stonehenge paper
30" x 22"
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Ryan Quast
Still Here, 2018
Gouache on Stonehenge paper
30" x 22"
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Andrew Salgado
Forgive, 2018
Oil pastel on paper, framed
30" x 22"