Material Assumptions: Paper as Dialogue
CURATED BY JESSICA COCHRAN, WITH ELIZABETH ISAKSON-DADO, HANNAH KING, AND C.J. MACE
Hand papermaking is a process that begins with the raw material of pulp and ends in sculpture, mixed media, installation and beyond. So to us “handmadeness” points not to a certain aesthetic or visual trope, but to realms of possibility. As such, this exhibition is about the discursive ways that artists approach paper as a medium, technology, and tool, and the utility of paper at the site of interdisciplinary contemporary arts and crafts.
For the exhibition, we asked contemporary artists to create new work using abaca and cotton paper handmade to their specifications at the Center for Book and Paper Arts by graduate students. A second part of the exhibition features works created by artists in-residence at Dieu Donné, a New York-based non-profit artist workspace dedicated to the creation, promotion and preservation of contemporary art in the hand papermaking process.