Paper, Glue, Paper, China

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Paper, Glue, Paper, China

Date: 2006

Measurements: 3.5 high x 2.7 square m

Description: Installation on show at the Shenghua Art Centre Nanjing, China as part of the exhibition 'This and That' with Kate McGwire.

Material: cardboard boxes

Provenance: China

Notes: A two month residency culminating in the exhibition 'This and That' at the Shenghua Art Centre in Nanjing, China (2005- 2006). The work made during the residency was exhibited from January to March 2006. An illustrated catalogue called 'This and That' was made as a part of the residency. The work investigated issues of recycling, trade and mapping and was made from cardboard boxes and paper products. It took the form of a large scale cardboard installation, 3.5m high x 2.7m wide and two smaller map pieces made from tea bags and cartography rice paper. Stockwell's investigation led to sourcing 3 tons of cardboard boxes from recycling centre. The cardboard was delivered to Shenghua on a truck. The gallery at Shenghua, a raw cavernous warehouse space invited a monumental piece and the cardboard provided the answer. Layering and interweaving the flattened boxes for strength and stability the tower became a solid rock like form. Referring to both the layered history of China and its present state of flux and change, the used boxes were decaying and grimy, yet beautiful at the same time. The form looked solid from a distance but on closer inspection was mutable and fragile. The surfaces were tactile, irregular and punctuated with colour especially red from labels and print on the surface of the cardboard). The piece called 'Paper, Glue, Paper' is a monolith to the humble cardboard box, highlighting the importance of the everyday and the ordinary, inviting the viewer to question the material by elevating it to a position of monumental beauty. At the end of the exhibition the boxes were sold back to the local paper recycling centre for a profit!

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