Heavy Duty Paper will take place at Pitt Studio and Project Space in Worcester. The Georgian Grade II listed house on Edgar Street has been transformed into a model of itself, recycling used packaging and shipping materials. Born out of the abundance of cardboard accumulated from lockdown business this exhibition takes the opportunity to reflect on seemingly mundane materials that offer endless starting points. Materials like paper and cardboard, whilst sublunary are fundamental to many artistic practices, whether as a starting point for larger work or as a finished object in itself. The works included in the show explore model making as a practice and celebrate the act of making as an opportunity for learning.
The show is also partly inspired by a vintage photograph from the VKhUTEMAS [Workshop] (Higher Artistic and Technical Workshops), depicting a model exploring mass and architecture made by an anonymous student. Founded in 1920 by the Russian government, VKhUTEMAS [Workshop] was an institution for technical training to prepare artists for industry as well as education. Often considered as the Russian equivalent of the Bauhaus school, VKhUTEMAS [Workshop] revolutionised how artists were trained. The space will feature a production room where visitors will be encouraged to design and make their own models, to test out ideas and examine their relationship to materials within the space.