Alexander Massouras

I found the exercise book sitting beside a rubbish bin in a street in Paris. I was attracted by its age (I think it probably dates from about 1930),  its gridded paper (much of which was still blank) and by its status as a discarded object. The paper's age and its grids led me towards abstraction, and because the book had been thrown away I used pencil shavings—themselves the thrown away part of making a drawing—within the image.  The aim was anachronism: something formally modernist, to fit with the era of the book, but also—through acknowledging the materials' re-use and their history—contemporary.

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