PAPERY – group show with original paper works @RETRAMP


Opening fr, 22.09.2023, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

From 22.09.2023 until 1.10.2023

Open: fri, sat, sun from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. 

Group show with original paper works by 11 artists.

With Sebastian B. Ash, Base23, Dafne Tree, GATE, Howtokillagraffiti, Kadir Amigo Memis, Johannes Mundinger, Duncan Passmore, ROZER, Blazej Rusin and ZASD.

Curated by Katia Hermann.

„In the beginning was the drawing…“

Drawing is the most direct form of capturing thoughts in a visual language on paper. The first one was made seventy thousand years ago in a cave in South Africa. The last in distant AI time (…). Drawing unites all people. Whether it’s doodling with crayons, which we all tried our hand at as children, or leaving a trace in the sand; it is the first experience that we can create something lasting out of nothing – like on a white sheet of paper – that possibly finds resonance in the environment. And we realize that nothing is not nothing, but is Us. Our consciousness, our creation. Drawing on paper is the mother of art. It is still free, before the expectations of school, of society in general, want to dictate what art should look like.

Drawing is the foundation of every art form. Drawing does not lie. It is direct information about the creator. The sculptor uses it to quickly capture thoughts for forms. Lines that are able to represent volume. Film ideas are captured through storyboards. The line that reproduces movement as well as narration. And it can cast light and shadow directly onto a piece of paper through tautness and contour to the painter. On the road, in the mountains, in the pub. Immediately. In this way, drawing can be the freezing of an artistic idea or a sensation that the artist’s later transfer to another medium, with more idleness and effort,  the preparation of the material, and finds its actual purpose. But it can also be the main work, an original on paper.

Whether chaotic, constructed, representational or abstract, political or erotic, the work on paper opens up a universe in its simplicity. The exhibition PAPERY attempts to depict an atom of this and to give an insight into the different visual languages of the 11 artists presented. Their common ground lies not only in drawing on paper, but also in their origins in graffiti writing, calligraphy or mural painting. Whether post- or mid-graffiti, possibly pre-, graffiti crossed their biographies in different ways and shaped their lives and style. In the group exhibition PAPERY, RETRAMP Gallery presents originals on paper created with various techniques and materials, such as charcoal, pencil, ink, oil pastels, fineliner, watercolour or mixed media. From the classic sketch to the original work on paper that already approaches painting.

About the artists:

Sebastian B. ASH





Kadir Amigo Memis

Johannes Mundinger

Duncan Passmore


Blazej Rusin