Daphne Astor/ Lewis Baxter/ Regine Bartsch/ Claire Blundell-Jones/ David Hancock/ Phil Goss/ Andrew Hewish/ Phill Hopkins/ Sean Kennedy/ Ilona Kiss/ Sharon Leahy Clark/ James Moore/ David Murphy/ Lyle Perkins/ Diana Taylor/ Ruby Tingle/ Hannah Wooll/ Simon Woolham   

‘The city, however, does not tell its past, but contains it like the lines of a hand, written in the corners of the streets, the gratings of the windows, the banisters of the steps, the antennae of the lightning roads, the poles of the flags, every segment marked in turn with scratches, indentations, scrolls.’   
Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities (1972)
The title of the exhibition: ‘like the lines of a hand’, is taken from the novel Invisible Cities by Italian writer Italo Calvino, published in Italy in 1972. It is the starting point for a group of 18 UK based artists, chosen by PAPER and C4RD (Centre for Recent Drawing) in London.

Each artist chose a line, a brief passage, or a chapter title from the book, which explores layers of imagined and fictional vistas through the descriptions of cities by an explorer, Marco Polo. The book itself consists of brief prose poems describing 55 fictitious cities but which are all actually just descriptions of one city, Venice.
The chosen pieces of text, highlighting the dialogue with Invisible Cities, acts as a discrete, non-linear curatorial discourse between the works in the exhibition by the chosen group of artists. The individual works in ‘like the lines of a hand’, often reference and play with the complexities of inventive language and narrative, explored in Invisible Cities.

Hannah Wooll
Something Among Us

ink on book page,

Ilona Kiss
Seven Days

Oil on paper

David Murphy

Oil Crayon on Paper
38 x 28 cm (46 x 36 cm framed)

Simon Woolham
Hollow Hill

biro on paper
30 x 42cm

James Moore
Al Capone (Marco Polo) and Pai Mei (Kublai Khan) 1272AD

Oil on Paper
40 x 30cm

Regine Bartsch
No Desire is Lost, Anastasia

graphite, ink, ballpoint pen and acrylic medium on gessoed rice paper
42x30 cm

David Hancock
Desires are already memories (Isidora)

Watercolour on Paper
42 x 30cm

Diana Taylor
Perhaps this garden exists only in the shadow of our lowered eyelids

Graphite, pen, collage and stitched cotton on pre-printed paper.
28 x 37cm

Sharon Leahy Clark
‘OH’ the loss of the ego

Ink and Watercolour on Paper
24 x 27cm

Sharon Leahy Clark
The fallible ‘I’ 

Ink and Watercolour on Paper
24 x 27cm

Andrew Hewish
An uncomfortable tension in the modern
Graphite, ink, collage on paper
30 x 21cm

Ruby Tingle
Hoof (Cities & The Dead)

Collage and snake skin on specialist paper
30 x 42 cm

Lyle Perkins

inkjet on watercolour paper
29.7 x 42cm

Daphne Astor
Ink and metallic marker on panel
30 x 35cm

Phill Hopkins
An Awakening to a Brand New Nature [Chapter 9. Cities and the Sky]

Emulsion paint, gloss paint, spray paint, wood stain, varnish and communion wafers on found tracing paper
31.5 x 45 cm

Lewis Baxter
Untitled residues
Oil, pigment, graphite, coloured pencil on paper
22 x 34cm

Claire Blundell-Jones
Slug Daze (drawing 13) 

Ink, crayon and PVA
30 x 42cm

Phil Goss
Dredged City

Watercolour on paper

Sean Kennedy
We are so close, but so far apart

Pen on paper.
2 x 21cm x 29.7cm (29.7cm x 42cm)