House of the Nobleman is pleased to present Paper Vernacular, a new exhibition which traces the diverse practices of contemporary artists working with paper. Paper Vernacular seeks to recontextualize paper as a neutral surface and consider its role as a varied, complex, and versatile medium. As a collection, this exhibition provides insight into how the medium has gained notoriety on the international contemporary art stage.
With the resurgence of drawing as a vital artistic format during the 1950's and 1970's, Process and Conceptual artists developed a rigorous new direction for the mark on paper as a tracing of a thought through accumulation. More recently, contemporary artists have tapped the qualities of paper as an experimental ground for mark-making, and as a critical medium for manipulating both physical and visual space. The drawings, collages, and 3D constructions in the exhibition represent processes which seek to translate vision and concept through a directly reactive material.
Paper Vernacular, the viewer will feel both challenged and connected with the art as they are engaged in an optical narrative exploring the historical and erudite qualities of paper through innovative and cutting-edge creative approaches. This revived appreciation for paper will give priority to the artist as a