Paul Bokslag - It is Rain that Makes the Flowers Grow

It is Rain that Makes the Flowers Groe

Description: Site specific papercut installation, part of the Collocate exhibition at the Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge, Co. Kildare.
Techniques: Papercut Installation
Materials: Paper
Year Made: 2018
Dimensions: 200x180cm

Paul Bokslag - Overlap

Overlap

Description: Site specific papercut installation, part of the Collocate exhibition at the Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge, Co. Kildare.
Techniques: Papercut Installation
Materials: Paper
Year Made: 2018
Dimensions: 200x180cm

Paul Bokslag - Revolve

Revolve

Description: Site specific papercut sculpture, part of the current .Obj Digital Handmade exhibition at the National Design and Craft Gallery in Kilkenny.
Techniques: Papercut Installation
Materials: Paper
Year Made: 2018
Dimensions: 320x200x100cm

textiles/paper/calligraphy
teicstílí/páipéar/calligraphy

Paul Bokslag

I enjoy being immersed in a making process. I need to connect with the material and to see the work grow under my hands. Papercutting is like drawing with a knife. It is intuitive, slow and labour intensive. By adding gesture and form over a longer period, works develop organically and gain an energy of their own. ‘Mistakes’ are taken on board and become part of the final piece. I love the simplicity and fragile nature of papercuts and the fact that every mark is different and that the hand of the maker can be found in every single line. A lot of my work is about the meeting of positive and negative space, both in 2d and in 3d. It is something that keeps fascinating me. Papercutting is an ideal medium in that context in that the line loses its physicality and becomes a pure boundary between positive and negative. Some of my sculptures and installations describe space rather than physically occupying it. I like using ephemeral and minimal materials such as paper and twine to work on site specific installations in larger locations and to look at space in a new light.

Collections

Office of Public Works
Camphill Communities of Ireland
Waterford Healing Arts Trust
University Hospital Waterford
Private Collections in the Netherlands, Germany, Ireland, Australia

Selected Awards

2018
Artist-in-Residence, The Breadwinner Exhibition, Butler Gallery, Kilkenny
2017
Kilkenny County Council Residency Bursary, Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Annaghmakerrig, Newbliss, Co. Monaghan
2011
Healthway International Arts and Health Fellowship with DADAA, Fremantle, Western Australia (co-recipient)

Selected Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions and Installations
2017
Mountshannon Arts Festival, Mountshannon, Co. Clare
2016
Shaft, Culture Night and Open House Dublin, Temple Bar Gallery + Studios Atrium, Dublin
2014
Waking Up in Waterford, WHAT, University Hospital Waterford
2013
Papierwerken, Hospice Issoria, Leiden, the Netherlands
2012
Full Circle, Watergate Theatre Upstairs Gallery, Kilkenny
Rock Paper Scissors, Garter Lane Arts Centre, Waterford
Paperwork, Signal Arts Centre, Bray, Co. Wicklow
2011
Papercuts, Abhainn Rí Festival, Callan, Co. Kilkenny
Group Exhibitions
2018
Collocate, Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge, Co. Kildare
In:Sight, Fennelly’s Callan, Co. Kilkenny
Town Planners, VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art, Carlow
Mountshannon Arts Festival, Mountshannon, Co. Clare
OBJ: Digital Hand-Made, National Design & Craft Gallery, Kilkenny
2017
Cabinet of Wonders #3, Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar, Co. Mayo
2016
Dog Days, Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise, Co. Laois
Signal Open, Signal Arts Centre, Bray, Co. Wicklow
The Art of Craft, the Market Place Gallery, Armagh, Northern Ireland
2015
Open Submission Group Show, Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise, Co. Laois
185th RHA Annual Exhibition, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin
The Pattern Exchange, Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, Dublin
2014
Open Submission Group Show, Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise, Co. Laois
Verbinding/Connection, CWS, Terpkerk Urmond, the Netherlands
2013
The Journeys We Make, Junction Festival, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary
2012
Between Lines, Signal Arts Centre, Bray, Co. Wicklow
Running with Scissors, Basement Project Space, Cork
Kilkenny’s Finest Contemporary Artists, Carysfort Gallery, Kilkenny
Civilizing the Wilderness, Open Submission, Éigse Arts Festival, Carlow
182nd RHA Annual Exhibition, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin
The Wood between the Worlds, Occupy Space, Limerick
2009
Open Submission, Éigse Arts Festival, Carlow
2008
Peer-to-Peer, Arts Council Touring Experiment

Contact Details:

Paul Bokslag
Kilbride Cross, Callan, Co. Kilkenny.

T. 0860704244
E. paulbokslag@gmail.com
www.paulbokslag.com