11 – 22 July 2017
Philip Faulks continues to develop his intricate large scale paper cuts and drawings to explore personal history, ancestry and psychology in his latest exhibition Paper Pusher. In an age where the boundaries of the imagination appear to be increasingly policed by the protocols of compliance, and its assiduous documentation, Faulks’ engagement with the material of paper is further deepened to explore bureaucracy, institutional power, and the influence of organisations on our everyday lives and our sense of self.
Through his assured use of pattern, ornament, repetition and symbolism combined with cutting, incising and mark making that references both Western and Eastern traditions, Faulks subtly draws our attention to the ambiguous qualities of paper. Both as a transient material of little consequence, and a robust repository of knowledge, easily preserved and easily destroyed.
Paper Pusher follows on from Faulks' successful solo exhibition There's A Ghost In My House at JavaArts Gallery in Phnom Penh in January, and in March Bluestonia Paperhood, a collaboration with Chinese artist Zhou Bing of paper cut based paste up images that was shown on the streets Melbourne to great acclaim.
Paper Pusher is at fortyfivedownstairs from 11 – 22 July 2017, and has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.
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