Paul Coldwell’s Print and Matter

Book Review

  • Paul Coldwell: Material Things: Sculpture & Prints

  • Introduction by Amy Charlesworth; essays by Paul Coldwell and Anna Moszynska
  • 88 pages, fully illustrated
  • Published by University of Bradford, 2015
  • £10

Best known to readers of this journal as a printmaker, Paul Coldwell is also active as a sculptor, though he has rarely shown these two bodies of work together. His 2015 retrospective at the University of Bradford therefore offered a singular opportunity to pull his metal and cast-resin sculptures (many cast from accessories of daily life), artist’s books and prints together in a single conversation.

Most of the work on view in the exhibition and its catalogue was originally made for earlier projects at particular, meaningful venues, such as the Freud Museum in London and the Scott Polar Research Institute in Cambridge, or in response to specific prompts such as Martin Bell’s haunting 1996 radio broadcast from Sarajevo, or the artist’s first hearing of Steve Reich’s composition Different Trains. Coldwell’s primary concern is with the marks we leave behind, and Amy Charlesworth’s catalogue introduction stresses his attentiveness to the relationships between objects and human presence.

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