Esther Schipper is pleased to announce an exhibition of Ceal Floyer and Karin Sander entitled
Paper Work that focuses on the artists’ drawing practice.
Ceal Floyer will present a new work from her series Ink on Paper. Works in the series consist
of sheets of blotting paper, each of which has a differently colored round area in its center.
Generally, the number of sheets in each work is determined by the package size in which the
colored pens used to create the works are habitually sold, whereas the sequence of the
sheets and their installation are determined by the arrangement of the pens in their wrapping.
For this new work, the artist has taken one grey-colored pen from each set, creating 30
sheets with circular areas in different hues and intensities. The work shows the wide spectrum
even a hybrid of two non-colors (neither white nor black technically being a color) can display,
while the unevenness of the ink stains draws attention to the duration of time it took to empty
the pens. Since each stain was produced by a pen from a different source, the thirty sheets
show great variety in shade, hue and liquidity, creating a surprisingly wide range within the
constraints set by the artist for this work.
Karin Sander will present a selection from her ongoing series Office Works begun in 1990.
Employing commonly available office supplies and their byproducts, these works create often
minimal interventions on paper with rows, lines, small clusters, pairs or single staples. The use
of everyday stationary items, like an A4 sheet, staples, paperclips, punched-out holes, and
pencils alludes to the contemporary office environment. The shiny metal staples and
paperclips used as "drawing" tool on a single page, thus freed from their function to bind
together several sheets, add a sculptural element to these works. As do the holes left by a
puncher or the colorful byproducts of such actions—the small circles thereby excised—that
are sometimes stapled to these drawings. The exhibition will include two drawings from each
year since the beginning of Sander’s Office Works and a series consisting of about 50 works.
The use of materials not traditionally associated with art making and the emphasis on seriality
refer to the redefinition of artistic drawing practice in Minimalism and Conceptual Art beginning
in the early 1960s. But while both Floyer and Sander operate from within these legacies, their
work has a playfulness and laconic wit less present in that of their artistic forebears. Masters of
formal rigor and restraint, both artists often use found objects or everyday materials to create
forceful interventions that can fundamentally alter our understanding of spaces and materials
in often startling and eye-opening ways.
Ceal Floyer, born 1968, studied at Goldsmiths College, London.
Selected solo exhibitions include: Ceal Floyer, Museion, Bolzano (2014); Ceal Floyer, Kabinett
für Aktuelle Kunst, Bremerhaven (2013); Works on Paper, CCA, Tel Aviv (2011); Ceal Floyer,
DHC/ART, Montreal (2011); Auto Focus, Museum of Modern Art, North Miami (2010); Ceal
Floyer, Kunst-Werke Berlin—Institute For Contemporary Art, Berlin (2009).
Selected group exhibitions include: The Part In the Story Where a Part Becomes a Part of
Something Else, Witte de With, Rotterdam (until August 17, 2014); Unendlicher Spass / Infinite
Jest , Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt (until September 7, 2014); Wall Works, Hamburger Bahnhof,
Berlin (until 31 August 2014); Fail Better. Moving Images, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg
(2013); The Light Show, Hayward Gallery, London (2013); dOCUMENTA 13, Kassel (2012);
Invisible: Art about the Unseen, 1957-2012, Hayward Gallery, London (2012); Guangzhou
Triennial, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou (2012).
Ceal Floyer lives and works in Berlin.
Karin Sander, born in Bensberg, Germany, studied art and art history at the Kunstakademie
Stuttgart and at the Independent Study/Studio Program (ISP), Whitney Museum, New York.
Selected solo exhibitions include: Museumsbesucher 1:8, Lehmbruckmuseum, Duisburg
(2013); Zeigen. Eine Audiotour durch Baden-Württemberg von Karin Sander, Kunsthalle
Karlsruhe (2012); Kernbohrungen, NBK, Berlin (2011); Gebrauchsbilder und Andere,
Kunstmuseum St. Gallen (2010); Museumsbesucher 1:8, Labor, K20 Kunstsammlung NRW,
Düsseldorf (2010); Zeigen. Eine Audio-Tour durch Berlin, Temporäre Kunsthalle, Berlin (2009).
Selected group exhibitions include: Waywords of Seeing, Le Plateau, FRAC Ile de France,
Paris (until July 27, 2014); Datascape. What You See is Not What You Get, Laboral, Centro de
Arte y Creación Industrial, Gijón (until September 21, 2014); Lens-Based Sculpture: The
Transformation of Sculpture through Photography, Akademie der Künste, Berlin (2014); Auf
Zeit: Wandbilder–Bildwände, Kunsthalle Bielefeld in cooperation with Kunsthalle Baden-Baden
(2013); 1980–NOW, Museum of Modern Art, New York (2012); Contemplating the Void.
Interventions in the Guggenheim Museum's Rotunda, Solomon Guggenheim Museum, New
Karin Sander lives and works in Berlin and Zürich.