- Exhibitions & Events
FEBRUARY 10 - April 5, 2014
OPENING RECEPTION: FEBRUARY 13
In association with the annual College Art Association Conference in Chicago
Co-curated by Jessica Cochran and Melissa Potter
According its proponents, socially engaged art blurs the lines between politics, community organizing and art. Projects such as community gardens and centers, interactive and multi-generational workshops, educational programs, and public art invoke the spirit of urgent social transformation. The exhibition initiative Social Paper charts the evolution of the art of hand papermaking in relation to recent discourse around socially engaged art and points specifically to craft, labor and site specificity, as well as the collaborative and community aspects of hand papermaking as contemporary art practice.
From urban elementary schools to indigenous tribes in Latin America to communities of international war veterans, hand papermaking artists and practitioners translate this medium into meaningful activity with diverse constituencies. To date, no major exhibitions or discourse around this important and timely theme exist. This exhibition will contribute to new scholarship in the field of craft arts and specifically hand papermaking, as well as feature the work of the Center for Book and Paper Arts, a unique institution in Chicago, and the world that supports critical discourse and interdisciplinary activity in the book and paper arts. Visit our Social Paper exhibition blog.
Participating Artists and Organizations
Loreto Apilado and Trisha Martin
Laura Anderson Barbata
Fresh Press (University of Illinois)
Paper Road Tibet
The People’s Library (Richmond)
Women’s Studio Workshop (Art Farm)
Image: Cathy Mooses, Migrant Objects, mirror, wood, chair & fabric (2013)
Spring Spotlight Exhibition
A collaboration between the College Art Association and v1b3.
Curated by Mat Rappaport, Gail Rubini, Conrad Gleber + Christopher Manzione
ART2Make is an exhibition of artists who create sculptural objects using digital files and 3D printing techniques. The published catalog is an essential component of the exhibition. The hope is for it to inspire expanded dialogue by using emerging and innovative digital technologies, and also to have it serve as a model for continued social-media relationships between artists and audiences—something not possible before the existence of the Internet.
ART2Make is a continuation of two previous v1b3 catalogs, Scan2Go, and AR2View which also explored emerging media practices by artists, including augmented reality and QR codes. Each catalogue includes a critical review by an art historian to promote a dialogue about emerging visual-arts practices and their use in creating new media artworks. The pages of each catalogue (which are freely distributed, and provide the files for anyone to “print.") provide a means to the artworks themselves as well as documentation of the “exhibition."
Click here to see more about several site-specific projects from v1b3, and its use of public and social spaces as gallery environments.
The ART2Make catalog is sponsored by the College Art Association’s Services to Artists Committee, and will be distributed to CAA’s membership during the annual conference in February 2014.