On View: August 20–October 2, 2022
LOOKS GOOD ON PAPER features 2D and 3D works on, in, and of paper. The exhibition showcases diverse practices and concepts in paper arts including trends and advances in the art of hand papermaking, politics of paper/papermaking, and explorations of the materiality of paper itself.
The wide-ranging works show paper pushed to the limits: stretched, manipulated, recycled, cast, or otherwise transformed so conceptually and visibly, it becomes something else altogether. “I think the scale of the works will be surprising to visitors. We often think of paper in its 8.5″ x 11″ size, but that notion is very much challenged by accumulation, transformation, or repetition in pieces such as in Xuewu Zheng’s “Zen Wall” of cast bricks,” remarks Schermerhorn. “It’s exciting to see how something as common as paper can be used to discuss current political events or philosophical conundrums, such as the piece by Kristen Tordello-Williams, “For Flags,” that explores the history of labor in a common American work garment.”
The selected artists represent an array of approaches in art making, from traditional to experimental. Some are very fresh-on-the-scene of paper arts and some are accomplished, master-level artists with CVs that read like novels.
EXHIBITING ARTISTS: Cathy Abbott (VA), Hannah O’Hare Bennett (WI), Nathaniel J. Bice (CA), Anne Burton (NE), Susan Casey (PA), Arden Cone (SC), IBe’ Bulinda Crawley (DC), Stephanie Damoff (NY), Priya Dave (MA), Mary Early (DC), Elaine Elledge (PA), Amze Emmons (PA), Andrea Sherrill Evans (MD), Lanie Gannon (TN), Reni Gower (VA), Melissa Harshman (GA), David Joo (VA), Nilou Kazemzadeh (MD), June Linowitz (MD), Christine Medley (PA), Emmett Merrill (MO), Samantha Modder (MO), Hannah Moog (VA), Phuong Nguyen (VA), Kimberly Obee (NH), Anela Oh (TN), Katie O’Keefe (MD), Mariceliz Pagán-Gómez (IA), Ransome (NY), Nicole Salimbene (MD), Katie Schutte (WI), Megan Singleton (MO), Briana Stanley (CA), Barbara Straussberg (PA), Kristen Tordella-Williams (MS), Jocmarys Viruet (PR), Isabella Whitfield (VA), Frances Vye Wilson (DC), Amy Yoshitsu (CA), and Xuewu Zheng (NY).