Posted: 24 July, 2013.
Berkshire Museum Press Release
For Immediate Release: May 15, 2013
Media contact: Lesley Ann Beck, Director of Communications
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Opening June 15, 2013
Berkshire Museum presents PaperWorks: The Art and Science of an Extraordinary Material
Works in paper by more than 30 contemporary artists are on view through October 26, 2013
[PITTSFIELD, MA]- Beginning Saturday, June 15, 2013, Berkshire Museum will present PaperWorks: The Art and Science of an Extraordinary Material, a new exhibition that explores paper as a source of creative inspiration and innovation. PaperWorks features compelling contemporary works of art by more than 30 artists, all made from paper, as well as an array of objects and artifacts that show the uses of paper in industry, science, fashion, and technology. PaperWorks will be on view through October 26, 2013. PaperWorks is proudly sponsored by Greylock Federal Credit Union, Onyx Specialty Papers Inc., Interprint, Inc., and Crane.
The opening reception for PaperWorks: The Art and Science of an Extraordinary Material, will be held on Friday, June 14, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Visitors will be able to preview the exhibition; light refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public.
The exhibition is part of the year-long recognition of the Museum’s 110th anniversary. Berkshire Museum was founded by Zenas Crane, a third-generation papermaker whose descendants are still making fine paper in the Berkshires. In fact, the portion of the exhibition that explores the history of paper around the world includes objects loaned by the Crane Museum of Papermaking.
“In the midst of our 110th anniversary year, PaperWorks is the perfect embodiment of Berkshire Museum’s legacy and promise,” says Van Shields, Berkshire Museum’s executive director. “It celebrates our founder Zenas Crane’s heritage in paper making that continues to be a key industry in the Berkshires, while highlighting our innovative approach to exhibitions designed to explore connections among art, history, and natural science. At its center is a fabulous array of contemporary art works created by some of the nation’s most innovative artists working with paper today.”
“Paper, albeit a commonplace material, can be manipulated in endless ways,” says Maria Mingalone, curator of the exhibition and Berkshire Museum’s director of interpretation. “There are no limits on innovation or creativity when working with this malleable, even magical, material. It can be used to express beauty as well as complex scientific concepts, as a means of communication and record-keeping and as part of the most advanced new technologies.”
The ways paper can be part of art-making are endless: it can be folded and twisted; it can be pierced or cut; it can be pulped and molded. Paper can be used as commonplace wrapping or packaging or as a green material in sustainable design; it can be engineered for use in exacting technology or hand-crafted into a rustic journal. PaperWorks includes delicate origami pieces, large-scale sculptures, re-purposed books, cut-paper animation, works in vivid color or pure white, with every object telling a story.
Among the numerous artists represented in PaperWorks are sculptors, engineers, and technicians who manipulate, transform, and re-invent paper. Dai Ban is a Berkshire-based sculptor who recently completed a major commission for Crane & Co., utilizing a paper-like material to create a massive wall installation. Ban created a new work specifically for the Paperworks exhibition.
Erik Demaine is a mathematician and professor at MIT; he is featured in the documentary film “Between the Folds” about the art and science of origami. Martin Demaine, Erik’s father, is an artist-in-residence at MIT and was also in the film. Together, they create complex “curved crease” structures from paper. Michigan-based artist Matthew Shlian describes himself as a paper engineer; he uses his engineering skills to create kinetic sculpture from folded paper and is part of a National Science Foundation-funded project at the University of Michigan uniting artists and scientists for cutting edge applications in paper folding.
Artist Jen Stark is a Florida native who shows her work across the U.S. She specializes in hand-cut paper sculptures in vivid color, often inspired by microscopic patterns in nature enlarged and amplified. Li Hongbo, who lives and works in Beijing, makes astonishing flexible, expanding sculptures from thousands of meticulously glued sheets of paper.
Calvin Nicholls transforms cut paper into astonishingly realistic animal forms, imbued with energy and depth. French artist Béatrice Coron, now based in New York City, creates compelling narratives in exquisitely cut paper. Her work is in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, and the Getty in Los Angeles.
The other participating artists are Hina Aoyama, Jaq Belcher, Doug Beube, Stephen Briand, Brian Chan, Andrea Dezsö, Brian Dettmer, Eric Drury, Nick Georgiou, Samantha Huang, Paul Jackson, Guy Laramee, Daniel Murphy, Michel Ocelot, Michele Oka Doner, Isaac Salazar, Kiff Slemmons, Richard Sweeney, Annie Vought, Thomas Witte, Ian Wright, and Zhang Zhe.
In addition, unique and surprising objects made from paper include a nineteenth-century paper boat, paper dresses from the 1970s, exquisite Asian fans, cut-paper Aztec icons, jewelry, lighting, and furniture.
About the Berkshire Museum
Located in downtown Pittsfield, Massachusetts, at 39 South St., Berkshire Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, visit www.berkshiremuseum.org or call 413.443.7171. Established by Zenas Crane in 1903, Berkshire Museum integrates art, history, and natural science in a wide range of programs and exhibitions that inspire educational connections between the disciplines. Objectify: A Look into the Permanent Collection is currently on view. Little Cinema is open year-round. Feigenbaum Hall of Innovation, Worlds in Miniature, Aquarium, and other exhibits are ongoing.