CUTLOG, NEW YORK
8TH MAY - 13TH MAY 2013
Paper Vernacular traces the diverse practices of contemporary artists working with paper and seeks to recontextualize paper as a neutral surface and consider its role as a varied, complex, and versatile medium.
The collection provides insight into how the medium has gained importance on the international contemporary art stage. With the resurgence of drawing as a vital artistic format during the 1950s and 1970s, Process and Conceptual artists developed a rigorous new direction for the mark on paper as a tracing of a thought through accumulation. More recently, contemporary artists have expanded the qualities of paper as an experimental ground for mark-making, and as a critical medium for manipulating both physical and visual space. The drawings, collages, and 3D constructions in the exhibition represent processes which seek to translate vision and concept through a directly reactive material.
Inside the exhibition, the viewer will feel both challenged and connected with the art, engaged in an optical narrative exploring the historical and erudite qualities of paper through innovative and creative approaches. This revived appreciation for paper will give preeminence to the artist as a scholarly maker and satisfy the innate need for authentic and hand-crafted artwork.