Paul P., installation view of Civilization Coordinates, Scrap Metal Gallery, Toronto, 2015. Courtesy the artist and Maureen Paley, London.



Sept 23 - Dec 16, 2017

Exhibition curated by Lee Plested and Rui Amaral, including works by other artists sourced from Vancouver collections selected by Paul P. and the curators.

Opening reception Friday, September 22, 7-9pm

  Griffin Art Projects is thrilled to present Civilization (inverted), an exhibition of works by Paul P. (1977, Canada). Paul P. came to international attention in 2003 for his drawings and paintings of young men that systematically re-imagined found erotic photographs along nineteenth century aesthetic modes. In recent years, the artist’s interests in transience, desire, cataloging, notation and repeat observation has expanded to include evocative landscapes and their abstraction, often created en plein air, and the realization of sculpture in the form of furniture.

To expand this special exhibition project, which originated at Scrap Metal, Toronto, the curators have selected additional work from private collections for inclusion in the show to realize conversations, both historical and aesthetic, that further illuminate the artist’s interests. In Paul’s words, “for this exhibition I am interested in the impulses within intimate milieux, whether dandy, bohemian, Beat, or otherwise, which prioritized aesthetic and social ideals - often to the point of fantasy - as a form of insolence to the general sway of philistinism and moral indignation that dominates.” These additional artistic perspectives including work and ephemera by Roy Arden, Scott Burton, Brion Gyson, Bryan Mulvihill, Marchesa Casati, Edouard Manet, and Sunny Suits.

Paul P.’s work was included in the 2014 Whitney Biennial, as well as in group exhibitions around the world including MoMA, New York, and the Freud Museum, London. He has been collected by MoMA, LACMA, The Brooklyn Museum, SFMoMA, and The Whitney, among others. Paul P. would like to acknowledge the support of the Toronto Arts Council and the Ontario Arts Council, Paul P. is represented by Maureen Paley, London and Massimo Minnini, Brescia, Italy.

Read the exhibition text by the artist.