The Potential of Paper, Out Now!
Lauren Sinner June 22, 2020
Surface Design Association is excited to announce our Summer 2020 edition of Surface Design Journal: The Potential of Paper. “The world of paper art is a fascinating one. Artists are able to transform its properties from an ephemeral, one-dimensional medium into structurally sound three-dimensional sculptural forms. Paper’s only limit is the human imagination. We travel the globe in this issue to discover The Potential of Paper.” – Elizabeth Kozlowski, SDJ Editor
Here’s a preview of what to expect:
“Pulp Potential in the Anthropocene” by April Claggett looks at the work of Rebecca Hutchinson–an environmental artist with a sustainability commitment.
“Cut to the Quick: Antonius-Tín Bui’s Not Sorry for the Trouble” by Ariel Zaccheo spotlights the perceptive and unflinching papercut series, Not Sorry for the Trouble, which calls out stereotypes facing Asian diaspora in the United States.
“Sustainable, Laborious, and Saturated: The Very Human Production Process of Mopa-Mopa and Pasto Varnish” by Rebekah Frank explores Mopa-Mopa, a complex production of flexible resin derived without harming the tree in the process, guided by Tatiana Apráez, a jewelry artist from Colombia.
“Aesthetics and Ethics: Works on Paper by Ariamna Contino and Alex Hernández-Dueñas” by Amy Mutza looks at the Cuban artists’ series of minimalist paper cutouts which deconstruct socio-political and economic subjects, turning troubling statistics into aesthetically pleasing abstractions.
First Person by Yulya Dukhovny features the touching handmade characters, props, and seta from productions by Microscope Toy Theater.
In the Studio: Fiberhouse Collective by Nica Rabinowitz explores the many different ways paper can be made from mushrooms and the research being done at Fiberhouse Collective.
Made Aware: The Rhinoceros Project–A Call to Stillness by Anne Beck and Michelle Wilson is collaborative project transforming an early colonial image of a rhinoceros into a life-size embroidery and watermark, inspired by Albrecht Durer’s 1515 woodblock, The Rhinoceros.
In the Studio by Grant Benoit spotlights the artist’s wallpaper-inspired works, which look at nostalgia through the scope of the domestic space and the everyday.
10 Questions with Crystal Van Dee and Catherine Reinhart is the second installment of our newest department! Learn more about SDA’s Website and Advertising & Outreach Managers.
Our In Print Department features reviews of two books. The first, “The Intentional Thread: A Guide to Drawing, Gesture, and Color in Stitch” by Susan Brandeis reviewed by Patricia Malarcher, and the second, “A Craftsman’s Legacy: Why Working with Our Hands Gives Us Meaning” by Eric Gorges with Jon Sternfeld reviewed by D Wood.
In Review At Home, 2020 Paper Biennial at the Museum Rijswijk reviewed by Monika Auch explores the theme of “home” as defined in a global world, where your place of birth might not be equal to feeling at home or carrying any significance at all.