As art platform UPON PAPER is enters its second year, we celebrate Lovers in the third issue of our elaborately produced XXL-size magazine. Defined in terms of an objet de désir, UPON PAPER Magazine was destined to take this passion literally, and in our third issue we realize the Lovers leitmotif of with a powerful embrace. Issue 03 presents an outstanding lineup of international contributors, including James Franco, Jeff Burton, Larry Clark, Bill Henson, René Groebli, Rosa Loy and Hans Peter Adamski, and includes many works created specifically for us. They recount the most diverse forms of human affection, emotional ties, and companionship. Loving and being loved, amour fou, self-love, first love, and the love of art, as well as the absence and the end of love – are the themes that the this issue deals with – touching, recalling and sympathizing.
It is about lovers and beloveds, for example; in Groebli’s series Das Auge der Liebe (The Eye of Love) which he staged with his wife during their honeymoon in the 1950s; or in Kate Bellm’s cycle Lover which shows her boyfriend at the diverse stops of their trip around the world together. In addition, the Berlin artist Hans Peter Adamski has opened up his archive of erotic works on paper, inspired by historical Asian drawings, he has shares these intimate glimpses with the reader. The magazine’s new issue also wins over readers through its presentation of the painterly positions of Rosa Loy and James Franco: While Loy’s works appeal to pure femininity, caring, and poetry, the multi-talented Franco celebrates his own personality with self-reflexive and often self-deprecating quotations. In addition to established contributors, talented young artists such as 19 year old New York photography student Jordan Tiberio and the Berlin expat Kate Williams represent important elements in the portfolio of the Lovers.
The Lovers theme also extends to a group exhibition in the UPON PAPER Space, conceived as a translation of the central theme into three-dimensional gallery space. Beyond those artists presented in the Lovers issue, the exhibition shows additional creatives and their positions regarding this theme.
Holger Homann, Editor in Chief
UPON PAPER 03 will be available at select book and magazine stores, museum shops, and concept stores from 27 May 2013.