Art Center Sarasota launches its 2013-14 season with an exhibit
exploring the artistic possibilities of paper.
(Sarasota, FL) As part of Art Center Sarasota’s first exhibition in its 2013-2014 exhibition season, “Pulp Culture,” a group exhibition devoted to the power of paper, opens November 7, 2013, and runs through January 3, 2014. “Pulp Culture” showcases works by Matt Cusick, Tasha Lewis, Wilks Mammone, Matthew Shlian and Annie Vought. Three artist’s books on loan from Ringling College’s Verman Kimbrough Library will also be displayed. A reception with artists is November 7, 2013, 5-7 p.m. Art Center Sarasota is located at 707 N. Tamiami Trail. For more information, call 941-365-2032 or visit www.artsarasota.org. “Pulp Culture” runs concurrently with three other exhibits.
Emma Thurgood, Art Center Sarasota’s exhibitions’ coordinator and curator of this exhibit, freely admits to her love affair with paper. “The look, the feel, the smell and, on occasion, the taste all captivate my attention,” she says. “Paper’s most desirable quality is its versatility. Paper can be so much more than writing or drawing material. Fold paper and it becomes a three-dimensional object with form and weight. Cut paper and you become aware of the teetering balance between its strength and weakness. Paper as a found object gives a new layer of meaning to the writings and drawings placed upon them. ‘Pulp Culture’ explores all of these ideas, celebrating paper in an increasingly paperless world.”
New York-based Matt Cusick uses the pages of old history books in his series called “Defacements.” This series is created by selectively and meticulously sanding away text on a page to create an ironic scenario with remaining words and the images left on the page.
Wilks Mammone graduated from Ringling College of Art and Design with a major in fine arts printmaking. She turns her art in on itself, investigating issues of identity and the boundary lines between art and artist with subversively placed images of herself within photographs, prints, paintings and installations. “Her installation in this exhibit takes the concept to a new level,” says Thurgood.
Origami artist and self-described “paper engineer,” Matthew Shlian investigates the nebulous space between art and engineering. His work is rooted in print media, book arts, commercial design and collaborations with researchers and scientists. Shlian describes himself as “a collaborator, explorer and inventor. I begin with a system of folding—and at a particular moment the material takes over. I’m guided by wonder. I come to understanding through curiosity.”
Los Angeles-based artist Annie Vought works primarily with cut paper, exploring communication through writing with incredibly detailed letterforms. Vought says, “I believe handwritten records are fragments of individual histories—expressions of self that bring forth the truth of our inner lives. A letter is physical confirmation of who we were at the moment it was written, or all we have left of a person or a period of time.”
“This exhibit showcases the myriad ways paper can be used to create art, encompassing sculpture, contemporary origami, paper engineering, paper-cutting and alternative processes,” says Lisa Berger, the executive director of Art Center Sarasota. “After seeing this exhibit, you’ll never look at paper the same way again!”
Three other exhibits will run concurrently with “Pulp Culture,” from Nov. 7, 2013, through Jan. 3, 2014, at Art Center Sarasota. “CUBEMUSIC,” Craig Colorusso’s site-specific installation, celebrates the intersection of sound, light, and space. “Miniatures” is a juried exhibition showcasing works smaller than 12″ x 12″. Art Center Sarasota’s “Instructor’s Exhibit,” will feature work by ACS class and workshop instructors.
For more information about Art Center Sarasota, call 941-365-2032 or visit www.artsarasota.org.
About Art Center Sarasota
Art Center Sarasota was the first arts and cultural institution in Sarasota. It was founded in 1926 as the “Sarasota Art Association” by Marcia Rader, the art supervisor for the Sarasota County schools district. In the early years, the group met monthly and sponsored exhibits in rented facilities. The Association was incorporated as a not-for-profit organization in 1943 and has been in its current location in the Sarasota Bayfront Cultural District since 1949. Art Center Sarasota is now a membership-based organization that offers curated and juried exhibitions, adult and youth education programs, outreach initiatives for underserved youth, and culturally related public programming. Art Center Sarasota’s mission is to inspire individual creative expression, nurture artistic talent and provide the community with accessible and diverse visual art opportunities.
Art Center Sarasota
707 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236
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