Richard Gorman

Kozo

20th January - 25th February 2012

Richard Gorman 
Oh Orange
2011
gouache on handmade echizen kozo washi paper
63 x 49 cm / 24.8 x 19.3 in   
Richard Gorman 
Nudge Blue
2011
gouache on handmade echizen kozo washi paper
63 x 49 cm / 24.8 x 19.3 in
Richard Gorman 
O Ochre
2011
gouache on handmade echizen kozo washi paper
63 x 49 cm / 24.8 x 19.3 in
Richard Gorman 
Chop Orange
2011
gouache on handmade echizen kozo washi paper
63 x 49 cm / 24.8 x 19.3 in
Richard Gorman 
Flip Black
2011
gouache on handmade echizen kozo washi paper
63 x 49 cm / 24.8 x 19.3 in 
Richard Gorman 
K - Flick
2011
gouache on handmade echizen kozo washi paper
63 x 49 cm / 24.8 x 19.3 in 
Richard Gorman 
All Wall
2003
echizen kozo washi paper
40 sheets, each sheet 49 x 63 cm, 250 x 488 cm / 98.4 x 192.1 in 
Additional Views
Richard Gorman 
Kozo
Kerlin Gallery
20 January - 25 February 2012
Richard Gorman 
Kozo
Kerlin Gallery
20 January - 25 February 2012
Richard Gorman 
Kozo
Kerlin Gallery
20 January - 25 February 2012
Richard Gorman 
Kozo
Kerlin Gallery
20 January - 25 February 2012
Richard Gorman 
Kozo
Kerlin Gallery
20 January - 25 February 2012
Kozo is an exhibition of works on handmade Japanese echizen kozo washi paper using techniques including dyed paper pulp poured into moulds and gouache paint on paper made by the artist.  Richard Gorman made the paperworks at Iwano Heyzabouro paper mill in Imadate Fukui in West Japan over a period of ten years 1999 - 2009.
 
The gouaches, 63 x 49 cm, have grown out of a personal research to find an authentic non-narrative means of pictorial expression. This enquiry has led Gorman to look at diverse connected images such as early Italian renaissance painting, for example, Giovanni Bellini, Andrea Mantegna and Piero della Francesca, and Japanese Ukiyo-e ‘floating world’ woodblock prints, as well as Henri Matisse graphic works, including the ‘Jazz’ series 1947.
 
These works are underpinned by a fairly rigorous geometrical logic, which far from acting as a constraint, have the effect of liberating the work into its own world of colour, edge, equilibrium and disequilibrium. The linear geometric under-drawing acts as an armature on which to hang the bright flat interlocking shapes on the paper surface.
 
All Wall is made up of a series of forty individual sheets of handmade paper, 49 x 63 cm, resulting in a final dimension of 250 x 488 cm. ‘All Wall’ was made by pouring pre-dyed washi paper pulp into moulds placed over freshly made wet paper sheets. It was last exhibited at the Koriyama City Museum of Art, Japan, in 2003.

Richard Gorman Kozo

VAI

March 21, 2012

 
 
‘Kozo’, currently showing in the Kerlin Gallery, comprises a body of work created by Richard Gorman on textured paper, handmade by the artist himself in Japan, after which the show is titled. “Just buying the paper doesn’t seem to be enough. I like to give value to the object I’m going to paint.”
 
-Róisín Russell
 
 
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