With traditional hand papermaking at its core, Pulped Under Pressure: the Art of Handmade Paper underscores important contemporary issues steeped in history and craft. Enticed through touch, these works encourage a contemplative slowing down even as they urge acknowledgement of some of the most pressing issues (environmental crisis to global marginalization) facing civilization today. Each artist featured in Pulped Under Pressure starts simply with a foundation of pulp made from natural fibers. Their results incorporate printmaking, letterpress, papercutting, and installation with recycled disposable materials (junk mail, egg cartons, old cotton t-shirts, ripped denim jeans) as well as old bed sheets, beetroot, heirloom plants, and illuminated el wires. In very unique ways, these artists consider paper beyond its most common function as a passive surface of record or craft. Instead, the material is transformed and imbedded with content that turns communication into a public practice. By challenging assumptions, the artists of Pulped Under Pressure: the Art of Handmade Papercreate artworks that are both beautiful and brave. Organized by Wylie Contemporary, Inc, Virginia.
Artists Jillian Bruschera, Julia Goodman, Reni Gower, Trisha Oralie Martin, Melissa Potter, Marilyn Propp, Maggie Puckett. Preview the artist biographies and statements.
Artworks / Size: Approximately 250 running feet. Over 30 artworks, including 2D wall mounted works, 3D installations, handmade books & video. Exhibition may be sized to suit your gallery specifications. A full checklist of all objects is available upon request. Optional site-specific and interactive installation by Maggie Puckett also available. Preview the curatorial statement and historical overview.
Venues TCC Visual Arts Center, Portsmouth, VA | Jan 16 – Mar 3, 2016 Monmouth Museum, Lincroft, NJ | Mar 19 - May 7, 2017 University of Mary Washington Galleries, Fredericksburg, VA | Sep 7 - Oct 15, 2017 Kohler Gallery, Lawrence University, Appleton, WI | Jan 14 - Mar 17, 2018 Visual Arts Center, Boise State University, Boise, ID | Aug 15 - Nov 1, 2018 A.D. Gallery, University of North Carolina Pembroke, Pembroke, NC | Jan 10 - Feb 20, 2019 Eleanor D. Wilson Museum of Art, Hollins University, Roanoke, VA | Aug 1 - Dec 15, 2019 Dennos Museum Center, Northwestern MI College, Traverse City, MI | Jan 19-May 24, 2020 J. Wayne Stark Galleries at Texas A&M Univ, College Station, TX | Jun 11 - Aug 9, 2020 Grace Hudson Museum, Ukiah, CA | Sept 5 2020 - Jan 3, 2021 Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, WA | Jan 29 - Jul 4, 2021 University of Southern Maine Art Galleries, Gorham, ME | Sept. 6 - Dec. 10, 2021
Images A sampling of exhibition images may be found below. Click on images for full size viewing.