13th November 2006 by
Paul Stopforth left South Africa during troubled times in the 1980s and moved to Boston where he taught fine art at Harvard University until his retirement earlier this year. Over the years he has held solo exhibitions in the US but he admits that the response to a recent exhibition was less satisfying than he had hoped. In 2003 he held a solo exhibition at our New York space, David Krut Projects, that dealt with everyday objects found on Robben Island. His drawings of loud speakers, trash cans, bars of soap, blankets and boundary walls seemed ordinary but flowed out of the highly politicised reality surrounding Robben Island and did not seem to resonate with American audiences. He also worked on a series of lithographs on the same subject, each image including a variety of different textures in the background.
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