George Woodman's paper tiles, 1980-81: From the Archives...

L to R: Images 1-3: Processing George Woodman’s paper tiles in our archive, 2022 / Images 4-5: George Woodman’s paper tile installation, Denver Art Museum, 1980 / Images 6-7: George Woodman’s paper tile installation, unknown location, 1981.

Although the Woodman Family Foundation archives are starting to take shape, there is still much more material to process before we are ready to open them up to scholars and researchers. Currently, we are processing George Woodman’s paper tiles and related plans, descriptions and documentation so that we can better understand this key aspect of his practice, which took his work with pattern off the canvas and into space and situation.

Here is one such group, printed in magenta, black and white from George’s original drawings. He used these paper tiles to create large-scale, ephemeral installations in varying iterations at the Denver Art Museum (1980) and Hadler-Rodriguez Gallery (1981), among numerous other locations which we are piecing together. Turning simple shapes into modular forms that could be rotated and rearranged in a seemingly endless combination of compositions animated George’s work with what he referred to as “non-periodic pattern.”

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