The work of 27 international paper artists will
be on show at the 2008
Holland Paper Biennial. In Museum Rijswijk a wide selection of pieces by
22 artists will be presented in all the exhibition rooms, while the CODA Apeldoorn
will be exhibiting the monumental work and installations of 21 artists.
Patrica Hodson (England)
Kakuko Ishii (Japan)
Yu-Mi Kim (South Korea)
Jin-Woo Lee (South Korea)
Chris Natrop (USA)
Maya Portner (Hawaii)
Célio Braga (the Netherlands/Brazil)
Long-Bin Chen (Taiwan/USA)
Nancy Cohen (USA)
Petra Ellert (Germany)
Claudie Hunzinger (France)
Nikki van Es (the Netherlands)
Angela Glajcar (Germany)
Joan Hall (USA)
Winifred Lutz (USA)
Richard Mens (the Netherlands)
Oskar (the Netherlands)
Stefan Saffer (Germany)
Lyndi Sales (South Africa)
Ivano Vitali (Italy)
Annette Wimmershoff (Germany)
Noriko Yamaguchi (Japan/Germany)
During the seventh Holland Paper Biennial there will
again be an extremely varied body of artworks on
display made from paper. Although the artists often
use the same materials and techniques for their
work, the results are surprisingly different.
Both Long-Bin Chen, who originates from Taiwan,
and Oskar from the Netherlands use paper from
telephone directories for their sculptures.
Chen, who transforms a pile of directories into the
head of the Buddha, wants to affect a union
between East and West through his work: Buddha
as the guardian of the millions of inhabitants of a
Western metropolis. In contrast, Oskar’s life-size
papier-mâché figures with skins of telephone
directory paper are rooted in Western iconography
of the Bible and Greek mythology.
It is Noriko Yamaguchi who employs koyori, the
traditional Japanese technique of twisting strips of
paper into strings, at this year’s paper biennial in her
loosely woven floral nets. In the work of the Italian
Ivano Vitali, who uses the same technique, the
effect is rather more robust. His cords of newspaper
are rolled up tightly into gigantic balls of yarn ready
to be made into disproportionate pieces of knitting
with metre-long knitting needles.
|The Dutchman Richard Mens also works with
newspaper. From wads of paper glued together he
models larger than life, voluptuous female figures.
A number of artists employ the thin and extremely
strong paper from Asia made from mulberry plants
in their work. Jin-Woo Lee from South Korea layers
sheets of ink drenched hanji paper on top of each
other between which he inserts charcoal, earth and
pigments. His pieces evoke images of landscapes
seen through frosted-glass windows.
His compatriot Yu-Mi Kim uses the traditional
Korean technique of hammering layers of hanji
paper into material as strong as leather, which she
uses for her airy sculptures. The transparent
property of mulberry paper is precisely what
Nikki van Es from the Netherlands exploits in her
world of magnified, imaginary organic forms created
using the Japanese variant taizan and watercolours.
Cutting and tearing is currently ‘hot’ in the world of
paper. Chris Natrop from the United States cuts
organic shapes freehand from large sheets of paper
to create complete installations. Canadian Ed Pien
cuts out his large black silhouette productions
freehand too using his own drawings projected onto
paper. His favourite motif is a gigantic tree, where
human-like figures and monsters loom between the
boughs and branches.
|Three artists from Germany employ the technique of
cutting and folding. Stefan Saffer creates colourful
compositions by applying paint to both sides of
paper and cutting into it and folding it.
Today’s visual culture is the main theme in the work
of Petra Ellert. She transforms greatly enlarged
reproductions of pictorial icons from the flat plane
into three-dimensional images.
Sculptress Annette Wimmershoff, on the other
hand, applies the cutting and folding techniques to
corrugated cardboard for her abstract sculptures
and wall objects. Although she covers the objects
afterwards with Japanese paper and pigment the
flute structure of the cardboard remains visible.
West of England-based American
Howard Silverman also uses corrugated
cardboard but leaves it in its natural state. He forms
undulating landscapes that encompass the
exhibition space from long rolls of waste cardboard.
|American Nancy Cohen is one of the artists at this
biennial who makes her own paper. She covers
discarded objects with a thin layer of paper and
then assembles them into sculptures, which are
open to a wide variety of interpretations.
The work of British artist Patricia Hodson
introduces computer-imaging technology to paper
art for the first time. The printed digital images are
combined with specially treated abaca (paper made
from Manila hemp – a relative of the banana plant)
to create translucent collages.
|Grand paper fair
To mark the conclusion of the 2008 Holland Paper
Biennial, a grand paper fair will be held on Sunday
14 September from 13.00 until 17.00 on the
premises and in the grounds of Museum Rijswijk
and in the Oude Kerk (Old Church) opposite the
museum. Countless artists, papermakers and paper
merchants from the Netherlands and other
countries will be displaying and selling their wares.
During the Holland Paper Biennial 2008 there will be
a shop in Museum Rijswijk stocked with a wide
selection of handmade papers from Southern and
South-East Asia. In addition, there will be jewellery,
small gifts and many books about making paper
and paper art on sale.
In the CODA Apeldoorn shop paper artworks,
jewellery, exclusive gifts and books will be on sale.
|The book pure paper
A special publication entitled Pure Paper will
accompany the seventh Holland Paper Biennial.
The compiler of the book is the well-known paper
artist Peter Gentenaar, who has gathered together
articles about the origin of paper. Elaine Koretsky
recounts her journeys across Asia searching for
ancient techniques with which to make paper.
Sinologist Jacob Eyferth complements this with his
description of a Chinese papermakers village.
The German Helen Hiebert, Rogier Uitenboogaart
from Japan and the paper artists Pat Torley and
Peter Gentenaar here in the Netherlands talk about
making their own paper. In addition there are articles
about the intricate relationships that make up the
building blocks of paper, the quest for alternative
fibres, including paper made by wasps, and paper
and the environment.
The book also presents the artworks exhibited by
the paper artists taking part in the Biennial,
sometimes accompanied by a sample of the paper
they use for their work.
Publisher Pure Paper (Dutch/English): Uitgeverij
Compres, Leiden; designer: Loes Schepens
|More information about Pure Paper:
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Tuesday - Sunday 12.00 - 17.00
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Tuesday - Friday 10.00 - 17.30
Saturday 10.00 - 17.00
Sunday 13.00 - 17.00
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