Printed Matter is an exhibition which features the work of Paul Coldwell, presenting printed works selected from a number recent projects. The postcards and screenprints are from a recent exhibition at the Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge in which Coldwell reflected on Scott’s ill-fated last journey to the South Pole. The postcards image polar landscapes and in addition a number were posted from various ports of call of the Terra Nova, thereby retracing the journey home. The set of six screenprints focus on the sponsorship of the expedition and the manner in which the enterprise engaged with popular support and interest. Kafka’s doll is collaboration with the poet Anthony Rudolf and the bookwork is present alongside the digital images that reflect and interpret the text. Finally, With the Melting of the Snows is bookwork made in response to Martin Bell’s final BBC Broadcast as war Correspondent in Bosnia. The bookwork re-imagines the siege of Sarajevo through a series of lithographs.
Mark Graver, curator of the exhibition and alumnus of MA Printmaking at Camberwell, runs Art at Wharepuke, a workshop and gallery in New Zealand. He invited Coldwell to show some of the work related to the Scott project and from this they began to shape an exhibition that includes earlier works and projects. They wanted to focus on work that was portable and included bookworks and postcards, as well as prints. Overall the exhibition is about the use of print as a means for getting ideas out.
Art at Wharepuke is in Kerikeri, New Zealand. It is a purpose built art gallery specialising in international printmaking and exchange projects. The show is open from 20 March – 13 April. More information about the exhibition can be found here.