Art on Paper 2019: Programming

Art on Paper
Feb 26, 2019 8:04PM

Roland Poska, Sentinel. Presented by the Artist and Jerald Melberg Gallery.

Art on Paper's Projects challenge, expand, and engage visitors with their interactive presentation and immersive constructions. This invitational program works with participating galleries and cultural organizations to activate Art on Paper's public spaces.

Katrine Hildebrandt-Hussey, Shifting Center, Presented by Uprise Art and the Artist

Location: Central Lounge Katrine Hildebrandt-Hussey is a Boston-based artist who references sacred spaces, architectures, and geometries in her work, drawing on familiar visual signs and symbols and rearranging them in diagrammatic configurations. Similar to mandalas, which have an entry way and center point, her works are designed to challenge the viewer’s presence and awareness. Originally trained in sculpture, for the past seven years Hildebrandt-Hussey has explored various methods of drawing and mark-making with fire on paper. These volatile processes - both controlled and precarious - mandate patience and methodical repetition, approaching ideas of ritual. For Shifting Center, the artist focused on the repeated form of the circle to create an immersive, sixteen-foot long drawing that bows about the viewer. Shifting Center aims at creating a sanctuary and meditative space where all are welcome to enter, sit, or stand to look inward.

Protect Your Investments by De-Mystifying Conservation Jargon, Presented by Tang Art Advisory

Friday, March 8, 3:00-4:00 pm, Art on Paper-Main Floor Paper conservator and professor Margaret Holben Ellis and Eric Knutzon fine art frame designer will help participants protect their investments by de-mystifyingconfusing conservation jargon and explaining popular terms such as acid-free, non-glare, conservation/museum/archival quality, UV-filtering, and more. Collectorswill learn how to select materials and take practical conservation measures that willenhance and preserve works of art on paper into the future.

This event is sponsored by the Foundation for Advancement in Conservation (FAIC).Margaret Holben Ellis is Chair and Eugene Thaw Professor of Paper Conservation atthe Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. She is also President of theAmerican Institute for Conservation (AIC), a national professional association. She isthe author of The Care of Prints and Drawings, Rowman & Littlefield, 2017.

Eric Knutzon is Design Director at Bark Frameworks, a leader in innovative framedesign and preservation framing since 1969. Having a background in photographyand book arts, Eric upholds Bark Framework’s dual commitments to the highestaesthetics of frame design combined with the long-term preservation of the artworkthat a frame is meant to enhance.

Please email Gabriella Lee ([email protected]) to register for the tour.

Samuelle Green, Manifestation 4, Presented by the Artist

Location: Main Entrance Samuelle Green constructs large scale installations from hundreds of thousands of hand rolled paper cones, typically consisting of paperbacks slated for recycling or being discarded. These adorn a hidden framework which transforms typically rectilinear spaces into organic, otherworldly environments. These elements combine to reference the complex and often overlooked art forms found in nature. Green’s installations reference these forms on a human scale- inspiring contemplation.

Wendy Letvin, Meta Morphologies, Presented by the Artist and NL=US

Location: Entrance Tent In her installation Meta Morphologies, artist Wendy Letven juxtaposes contrasting linear languages and patterns in an intricate suspended paper cut installation. She explores the materiality of paper in black and white to blur the lines between two and three-dimensional space, between drawing and sculpture. Letven is interested in providing the viewer with an open-ended decoding experience when engaging with the work by fusing together a large taxonomy of cultural symbols and ambiguous shapes, that feel both geometric and organic at the same time.

Wendy Letven is represented by NL=US, a private gallery and art consulting service based in both The Netherlands and New York. She is currently exhibiting a site-specific public sculpture at NYC’s historic and iconic Flatiron Building, in The Flatiron Prow Artspace at 175 Fifth Avenue. This Spring Wendy will exhibit her work at The Hunterdon Art Museum in an exhibit of works on paper entitled "Transformed: Paper in Dimension”. Letven teaches at The New School and at NYU and has been an artist in residence at The McDowell Colony in New Hampshire, at Dieu Donne’ in New York, and at Gallery Aferro in Newark.

Liz Jaff, Boil, Presented by the Artist and frosch&portmann

Location: Mezzanine Boil is a contemplation on how things alter themselves and change when under pressure. In the case of water it starts to bubble. The bubble or ball becomes the visual metaphor for how art installation and architecture ask us to transform our perceptions of an environment.

Roland Poska, Sentinel, Presented by the Artist and Jerald Melberg Gallery

Location: Main Aisle Jerald Melberg Gallery is proud to introduce the work of master paper maker Roland Poska (1938-2017). Roland Poska was born in Scotland in 1938 and immigrated to Rockford, Illinois, when he was a child. He received degrees from Rockford College and Cranbrook Academy of Art, where he was introduced to the mechanics of paper making. He later cofounded the Milwaukee School of Art and Design and taught there while simultaneously running a lithography print studio, Fishy Whale Press.

Poska was a pioneer in the field of printmaking and papermaking and sought to extend and break the boundaries of his chosen medium. He landed on what he called “Papestries” or paper tapestries, which are featured in this exhibition. His process involved preparing five-gallon buckets of moist cotton fibers mixed with pure powdered pigment to achieve his desired color palette. He laid handfuls onto plastic sheeting and added elements such as handmade, sliced forms and coils. After drying, Poska would flip the panel over to reveal a flattened yet technicolor abstract composition. Many consist of multiple panels with intentionally rough and unrefined edges, a nod to the signature deckled edges of handmade paper.

His work was the subject of over thirty solo exhibitions in his lifetime, including at the Rockford Art Museum, Rockford Illinois; Midwest Museum of Art, Elkhart, Indiana; Milwaukee Art Museum and The Neville Public Museum, Green Bay, Wisconsin. His works are included in the Metropolitan Museum of Fine Art in New York, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Milwaukee Art Museum.

Book Signing: Seçkin Pirim, Presented by the Artist and C24 Gallery

Saturday, March 9, 1:00-2:00 pm, Location: C24 Gallery Booth 405 “I think the less a work says the more it expresses in silence,” Seçkin Pirim recently shared with me when we met to discuss his artistic point of view at C24 Gallery in New York. “What excites me most is to see what I can express with one line. That’s why I’ve always strived to attain a degree of minimalism in my work.”

His use of a minimalist style was one of the first aspects that attracted me to his work, but the way he pushes those ideas into the digital age is what made me want to see more. Like Frank Stella and Lygia Clark, Pirim started workingwith minimalist materials and forms, but the complexity of production, layering of elements, and conceptual thinking behind his latest sculptures results in a more-is-more maximalist outcome.

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