Exhibition Information

June 15 – August 11, 2012

Exhibition Location: Center for Book and Paper Arts, 1104 S Wabash Ave, 2nd Fl, Chicago, IL
Official Website: http://www.colum.edu/Academics/Interarts/events/exhibitions/index.php
Opening Reception + Roundtable Discussion, June 15, 2012: http://www.colum.edu/Academics/Interarts/events/lectures-and-public-programs1/index.php

While hand papermaking is a process that begins with the raw material of pulp, its results are limitless—drawing, sculpture, installation, new media and beyond. To us “handmadeness” points not to a certain aesthetic or visual trope, but to realms of possibility…

Works in the exhibition were created from paper handmade in two of the world’s most dynamic, experimental and collaborative paper studios: New York-based workspace Dieu Donné and here at the Center for Book and Paper Arts.

Material Assumptions features works by many artists for whom paper is not a primary concern, revealing the discursive ways that artists approach paper as a medium, technology, and tool: how do we consider not only the utility and potential of paper itself, but also the collaborative process of hand papermaking at the intersection of interdisciplinary arts and crafts?


Polly Apfelbaum
Sonya Blesofsky
Mel Bochner
Nina Bovasso
Beth Campbell
Chuck Close
Ian Cooper
William Kentridge
Glenn Ligon
Jessica Stockholder
Richard Tuttle


Dan Devening
Deborah Boardman
Annica Cuppetelli & Cristobal Mendoza
Susan Goethel-Campbell
Daniel Luedtke
Niall McClelland
Kate McQuillen
Zoe Nelson
Julie Schenkelberg
Ian Schneller
Matthew Shlian
Anna Tsantir

Material Assumptions: Paper as Dialogue was curated by Jessica Cochran with Elizabeth Isakson-Dado (MFA ’13), Hannah King (MFA ’13), and C.J. Mace (MFA ’12), students in the Interdisciplinary Book and Paper Arts program, as a part of an independent study in curatorial studies.



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