Year in review: Papergraphics

Paper, paper everywhere: in advertising, magazines and the art world, its (ahem) stock was rising in 2009

Ah, paper: in this world of bright, flat, shiny screens, your crinkly charms endure. In 2009 (in the culmination of a trend that has been gaining speed for two years) paper has featured not just as a substitute for the final work (as in architectural models) but as the final work itself.

Everywhere we looked we saw charming, quirky artworks constructed using the pleasingly anachronistic tools of scissors and glue, with some double-sided sticky tape for speed. Russian-born Yulia Brodskaya was the breakthrough star but honourable mentions also go to the likes of Chrissie Macdonald and Helen Musselwhite (is it an accident that they are all female?) as well as all those whose work appeared in the books Tangible, Papercraft and Unfolded.

‘Papergraphics’ have an old-school, witty and friendly charm. Sometimes this veers dangerously close to the twee, but the influence of German artist Thomas Demand helps nullify that. At its best, paper makes fragile, playful work that delights.

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