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Richard Serra at Alan Cristea Gallery, London

"Elevational Weight I," (2016) From a series of six hand-applied Paintstik and silica on two sheets of handmade paper by Richard Serra (1939, San Francisco), Paper and image 94.0 x 68.6 cm, Edition of 28, Alan Cristea Gallery
(Courtesy: Alan Cristea Gallery )

Richard Serra’s latest print series works and some older creations are now on display in London. The Alan Cristea Gallery is hosting the artist’s collection of black and white Painstick editions at its London venue until March 17, 2018.

The exhibition includes works from several recent prints series as well as six new black oil Paintstick editions that explore the properties of weight, balance, and gravity.

New works, such as “Horizontal Reversals” 2017, are defined by the juxtaposition of two pieces of handmade paper framed together, each of which have been divided by densely layered black pigment. This reversed composition offers a striking contrast between the weight of the black sections and the purity of the untouched white paper, as he explores the physical balance between light and dark.

The works are made using Paintstick, a combination of pigment, linseed oil, and melted wax. The mixture is molded into large cylindrical sticks, then pressed down into a meat grinder and blended in an industrial dough mixer with silica. This is then applied in two layers, by a gloved hand, directly onto the handmade paper, pushing and rubbing in a downward direction. 

The exhibition is on view through March 17, 2018 at Alan Cristea Gallery, 43 Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5JG, USA.

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Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the exhibition.