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Transformed: Paper in Dimension

May 18 - September 1, 2019
Transformed: Paper in Dimension
Transformed: Paper in Dimension

In a new exhibition at the Hunterdon Art Museum, eight artists will show how the boundaries between paper and drawing, textiles, painting, architecture and sculpture are dissolving.

Transformed: Paper in Dimension runs through Sept. 1.

Exhibition curator Carol Eckert notes that paper traditionally has been used as a ground: its flat surface a conduit to convey meaning by applying ink or pigment. But these works alter that: the physicality of the paper itself becomes the means to transmit the content, its dimensional forms capturing light and reflection and reconfiguring space, Eckert said.

“The artists transform a simple and available material by cutting, weaving, folding, shredding, tearing, twisting, gluing, and sewing — creating multifaceted structures and intricate physical drawings,” Eckert said. “Blurring the lines between traditional disciplines, these artists create works that are often mutable in the ways they interact with particular spaces, energizing and influencing the environments in which they are installed.”

Light and reflection play critical roles in several of these works. For instance, Laura Vandenburgh’s For Now Clouds, is a large wall piece in which hand-cut paper becomes the drawing itself, and reflected color from the backside of the drawing is incorporated into the composition.

Several artists respond to the environment through the use of repurposed papers. Nenna Okore focuses on transformation and regeneration though the use of old newspapers and magazine pages, her processes adapted from or inspired by traditional women’s practice, the African environment, and recycled waste.

Some of the artists utilize the structural properties of paper to reference infrastructure and architectural systems, others incorporate allusions to mathematical data. Still others evoke textile processes with a sensitivity to texture, pattern, color and repetition.

Artists whose work appears in the show are: Nancy Baker, Joell Baxter, Stephanie Beck, Jaynie Crimmins, Adam Fowler, Margaret Griffith, Wendy Letven, Nnenna Okore and Laura Vandenburgh.

Eckert said one factor she considered when putting this show together was seeking work that interacted with the Museum’s space, so the exhibition includes floor and wall works, and elements that hang from the ceiling.

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Programs are made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts; The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation; Hunterdon County Board of County Commissioners, through funds administered by the Cultural & Heritage Commission; Hyde and Watson Foundation; Union Foundation; and The Large Foundation, along with other corporations, foundations and individuals.  The Hunterdon Art Museum is a wheelchair-accessible space.  Publications are available in large print.  Patrons who are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired may contact the Museum through the New Jersey Relay Service at (TTY) 1 (800) 852-7899.

The land upon which Hunterdon Art Museum is located is part of the traditional territory of the Lenni-Lenape, called “Lenapehoking.” We acknowledge the Lenni-Lenape as the original people of this land.

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