Artists Push the Potential of Paper at The Lionheart Gallery
“All I need is a sheet of paper; and something to write with and then; I can turn the world upside down,” wrote Friedrich Nietzsche. The concept—creating spectacular work from something as simple as a sheet of paper—is the unifying theme of “Paper Space,” the current group show at The Lionheart Gallery.
Granted, most of the artists involved in the exhibition used quite a bit more than a sheet of paper and a pencil to make the featured pieces, which range from sculpture, to encaustic paintings, to fiber art. One artwork that practically jumps off the wall is Geoffrey Stein’s Trump (2015), a portrait the artist humorously described as “Mixed Media and Collage from Donald Trump’s third corporate bankruptcy.” Meanwhile, Barbara Owen’s mixed media works, like A Luxuriance of Scarlet and her “Cut Circles” series, literally protrude from the wall. Made from ink and acrylic on cut paper, these colorful pieces are site-specific. They’re the result of a process Owen calls “automatic drawing,” in which she adapts color, shape, and form to the spaces her installations occupy.
Elsewhere in the show, Liz Dexheimer creates series of monotypes inspired by images from the natural world, like the Trace Series I (2014), a mysterious and eerily beautiful set of images that evoke the night sky, or perhaps an underwater scene from the depths of the ocean.
Other highlights include geometric encaustic painting and collage by Margaret Noel, like Crawl Space, and David L. Hutchinson’s vibrant watercolors from his series, “The Aesthete.” Hutchinson uses color to convey a particular text or message, using different hues as replacements for letters from the alphabet. Where Nietzsche wrote sentences, in other words, Hutchinson writes ideas using a color-coded language of his own invention—a fine example of the beauty that can be created, and the ideas that can be translated, on a simple piece of paper.
“Paper Space” is on view at The Lionheart Gallery, Pound Ridge, New York, Oct. 18–Nov. 30, 2015.