Dennis Begg, Marco Breuer, Adriane Colburn, Karen Kimmel, Susan Martin Kelsey Nicholson, Ann Weber, Lena Wolff
September 1 – December 16, 2006

Traywick Contemporary is pleased to announce Paper, a group exhibition featuring work by eight artists, all of whom work with paper to find new meanings using the commonplace material. The artworks included in Paper represent a range of physical approaches to paper including cutting, hanging, collaging, stacking, molding, sanding and piercing. For these artists paper is a medium to be explored and a material that is durable yet fragile, modest yet expansive.

Dennis Begg, a Bay Area artist, combines found paper (journal pages, letters, family tree charts) with found portrait photographs that are collaged with Japanese mulberry papers. The resulting pieces become artifacts of the memory process, complete with ghostly traces of reconstituted personal histories.

Born in Germany and living in New York, Marco Breuer experiments with photographic paper, exposing it to various elements (fire, mold, beer) and forms of physical manipulation (folding, sanding, gouging, burning) with unpredictable results. Breuer’s ephemeral abstractions are remarkable in their pitted surfaces, flecks of color and inherent contradictions.

Adriane Colburn‘s cut out constructions confound space with the mere existence of their delicate lines made from elaborately layered hand cut paper. Often using unseen territories as reference (arterial systems, microscopic worlds, subterranean pipes) she charts new worlds that shed light on that which we cannot see.

Los Angeles artist Karen Kimmel is influenced by traditional Japanese arts including Ikebana flower arranging. She plays with shape, line, color and space as she visually sketches out a three-dimensional drawing that often gives way to sculptural landscapes and/or installations, and in doing so, changes our expectation of work in two-dimensions.

Susan Martin is a sculptor who explores the overlooked possibilities of industrial or commercial materials. For this show she uses, rolls of non-descript office paper which is concealed beneath many layers of paint and wax. The transformative nature of her work coaxes a mysterious beauty out of the most banal materials.

Kelsey Nicholson re-creates the natural world in her installations and sculptural works that typically incorporate materials meant to “improve” upon Nature, including realistic wood veneers and wall paper murals depicting the idyllic outdoors. For this exhibit she creates birds whose feathers are collaged nature scenery which give them a decided camouflage appearance.

Using woven strips of various discarded cardboards, Ann Weber creates large scale sculptures that stretch the utilitarian nature of an already processed paper product. Held together by staples and coated in polyurethane, she creates imposing vessels that are feather-weight, drawing attention to the disconnect inherent in using paper to talk about volume and mass.

Lena Wolff‘s paper quilt is comprised of individual pages of varying sizes that she has vigorously coated with layers of graphite, and then has punctured the paper surface with pin pricks which create silhouettes of creatures or other forms. Additional images made from paper products inspire a folk-art state of being both fantastical and precarious.

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