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As an extension of the broad survey Social Paper, co-curated by Jessica Cochran and Melissa Potter in 2014, Pulp as Portal adds to growing discourse around the contemporary art of hand papermaking as socially engaged art. The exhibition reveals the artist’s book—specifically bookworks, publications, zines and printed matter—as both artwork and outcome: How do hand papermakers today animate the ethos of social engagement, activism, community, and collectivity in the processes they employ to make paper? How are these ideas at play and embodied in the resulting books and printed matter?
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From the divergent personal stories behind the Coalition of the Many in Iraq, to threat of a community in lock-down in a Boston suburb, these books tell the story behind the fights that interweave the personal and political. This featured Artist Project will highlight 5 books with associated installation that investigating political conflicts within community perspectives, including They Came To Baghdad (2013) begins with colonial symbols embedded in Agatha Christie’s book covers, and ends with a breakdown of economic benefactors in the of the reconstruction effort after the Iraq War and Lockdown Archive (2015) is a collection of web images uploaded both by media and local citizens during the search for the Boston Marathon terrorist and in the process describes the overly militarized response and a portrait of a small town living under siege. Zakari with Mandel combine research methods and strategies borrowed from various disciplines such as photography, documentary, performance, storytelling, installation, graphic design, and social interventions. Text and language is an inherent part of our work: interviews, personal narrative, found text. The book format allows us to develop and idea in much greater detail and create dialogues outside the gallery wall where it can reach a variety of audiences.Find out more »
New artworks will be presented to the public by three young artists who have recently completed a year-long project-based residency at the Center. Finishing their residency in September 2016, and having 3 extra months to finalize artworks, Shana Agid, Wayne Kleppe, and Elizabeth Sheehan, will each present two to three new works produced during their residency.Find out more »