Pulp refers to a state of paper, otherwise known as cellulose soup, on which the works in this group exhibition by numerous artists are made on.
Paper, a Chinese invention, had both spread literacy across the world, as well as cemented the gap between the upper classes(literate) and the lower classes(illiterate). It would be the accumalated knowledge widely available through books and scholarly documents, that would build our civilisation, sheet by sheet, as a tumultuous history book that we know it to be today.
Stiffened, paper was used for armour, thined it could be used for windows, clothes and eventually money. Pulp had to be broken down in 17th century Europe and piss worked quite well, paper mills operated with the help of human waste, eventually the paper was invented thin, flexible and absorbent enough, we used it to wipe our shit.
Paper revolutionised communication and has been in use for almost two thousand years, yet it has been jeopardised by new technologies only in the last three decades and as far as communication goes, is now close to being obsolete. Although art has been shaken by technology too to an extent, physical forms of communication on paper, such as drawings in all media, form and shape are still very relevant communication tools, from our brain to our hand, to paper, to the viewer.
This exhibition is organised by Bumaga Gallery, whose interest primarily lies in works on paper. A medium often overlooked, or considered second-rate material to the more substantial works of art. Approaching an empty piece of paper, one may consider it in the multitude of ways, occasionally, never imagined before. Bumaga Gallery’s aim is to search out such considerations in attempt to explore what each piece of paper really means in relation to the artist's mind and their practice or perhaps, it isn’t at all in relation to their practice, but rather entirely different thing all together.