Sam Grigorian - Breaking Ranks


Sam Grigorian, Satellite#1, 2012, mixed media décollage, 70 x 100cm

Sam Grigorian, Satellite#1, 2012, mixed media décollage, 70 x 100cm

Breaking Ranks features the tactile, minimalist experiments in decollage of Berlin-based artist Sam Grigorian, who has developed a unique method of treating and layering paper. Grigorian delights in paper which is rich in history – torn, stained, yellowed, cracked – fragments of handmade paper, parchment or off-cuts which reveal the marks and traces of their origins and their use.

Through the intimate processes of ripping, scratching, staining and layering, Grigorian seeks to get at the hidden realities of the paper, exposing the structures beneath the surface. Through a repertoire of simple, geometrical forms and monochromatic colours, Grigorian creates intense visual narratives that are both abstract and uncanny.