"Paper holds a powerful place in the history of human interaction, as books and currency," says Tom Grotta of browngrotta arts. "The 31 international artists in Paperworks celebrate paper in another guise – as a medium for art."
Greenwich, CT (PRWEB) June 10, 2012
The Flinn Gallery at the Greenwich Public Library, is hosting Paperworks: material as medium, curated by Kelly Eberly and Barbara Richards in collaboration with browngrotta arts of Wilton, CT through June 21st.
"Paper holds a powerful place in the history of human interaction, marking milestones with birth historic documents and books and managing our financial exchanges as currency," says Tom Grotta of browngrotta arts. "The 31 international artists in Paperworks celebrate paper in another guise – as a medium for art." Rather than cutting, folding or printing on paper as many artists do, they treat varieties of paper as their material – stacking stitching, molding, carving and weaving it, as others would wood, linen, clay or marble.
Several of the artists in Paperworks create structures of recycled papers. Wendy Wahl, who will speak at the Flinn on June 10th at 2 p.m., uses pages of old encyclopedias to create an arbor of arches. Kazue Honma creates vessels from Japanese telephone books and Toshio Sekiji weaves wallworks of newspapers from around the world. The exhibition also includes constructions by the late Ed Rossbach of cardboard and newpaper and vessels made of dress pattern paper by Dona Anderson.
Other artists, including Miriam Londoño of the Netherlands, Takaaki Tanaka of Japan and Sylvia Seventy from the US, use molded paper pulp – in Tanaka’s case to create free-standing sculptures of paper “blocks;" for Londoño, into sheets of abstracted calligraphy and three-dimensional torsos. Californian Sylvia Seventy molds paper bowls populated with found and other objects.
For Jane Balsgaard of Denmark, Naomi Kobayashi of Japan and Mary Merkel-Hess of the US, handmade and gampi paper create semi-translucent, ethereal objects that seem capable of floating. In Balsgaard’s case, the paper she uses is made from materials gathered near her summer home in Sweden. Mary Merkel-Hess uses gampi paper, papier-maiche and reed to create baskets, softly lit sculptures and wall works.
In conjunction with Paperworks: material as medium there will be an Artist’s Talk by artist Wendy Wahl at 2 p.m. on June 10th at the Flinn Gallery in the Greenwich Library, 101 West Putnam Avenue, Greenwich, CT 06830. For more information call: 203-622-7947.
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