The use of paper is becoming a lost art. To write this, I’m using a computer and referencing notes from emails. You’re reading this online.
Not one piece of paper is part of the process. But a new art exhibit isn’t just utilizing paper, it’s celebrating paper.
“Post Pulp! Works on paper and beyond” looks at the concept of paper, and the creation of two- and three-dimensional works that were once confined to one-dimensional paper.
The exhibit at The Box Gallery in West Palm Beach is bringing together 10 South Florida and national artists, each giving us their vision of what paper looks like today. Curator and owner Rolando Chang Barrero chose the artists because each brings a different perspective on the topic. Each artist will feature work that originated on paper, but from there they all go their own way.
Among the featured artists is Victor Gadino is one of the top gay illustrators in the country. His work has ranged from the covers of romance novels to movie posters to illustrations showing gay life through the years. Barrero told SFGN that he couldn’t believe it when Gadino sought him out. “He wants to be in one of my shows! That’s awesome!”
Linda Behar came to South Florida from Venezuela, and works in gifs, taking an image from paper and animating it. Her work looks at the history of how images were drawn and manipulated to look like a moving picture and that art evolved into the electronic phenomenon of gifs. Her works that originate on paper and use traditional printmaking have also been turned into amazing sculptures.
Aaron Schwartz is from Miami, and his work is best described as ink painting on photographic paper. His art is the result of a very complicated process that “peels” layers off photographs then mixes ink and chemicals over the remaining image. For Post Pulp! Aaron created six collages and mosaics.
Other artists featured in “Post Pulp!” include Jerome Glickman, Ana Rossi, Cynthia Hollen, Marc Tucci, Janet R. Schreiber, and Jane Lawton Baldridge.
In addition to creating imaginative and challenging art exhibits, Barrero says he uses his gallery to advance the work of gay artists. “I want to integrate gay culture and artists, without pigeonholing artists for their sexuality.”
“Post Pulp!” opens Saturday, April 10, with a reception at 7 p.m. and runs through the end of the month. For tickets, or to learn more about the exhibit and The Box Gallery, go to their website TheBoxGallery.info.