Dateline 21: Sunday Paper

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Sunday Paper

Featuring works on handmade paper by Theresa Anderson, Taylor Balkissoon, Taylor Barbosa, Zachary Barnes-Fagg, Molly Bounds, Amber Cobb, Jeromie Dorrance, Ian Fisher, Donald Fodness, Caleb Hahne, Abby Johnson, Xavian Lahey, Freddie Levenson, Haley McMahon, Caleb Pollman, Gretchen Marie Schaefer and Amanda Urquidez-Pangle.

Curated by Lucas T. McMahon

January 8th-31st, 2016
Artists Reception: Friday January 8th
3004 Larimer Street
Denver, Colorado 80205

Curatorial Statement:

The concept of Sunday Paper was born from impromptu paper making sessions held at my house over this past summer. These meetings began as a small gathering of art friends making homemade paper in my backyard and occurred almost always on Sunday afternoon. Eventually it more or less became a weekly recurrence, as it was a perfect time to unwind from the weekend, talk about what was what in the Denver art scene, and catch up with friends old and new. In our mix we used any and all kinds of excess scrap paper we came across, ranging anywhere from scraps of magazines and newspaper clippings, pamphlets and flyers, to junk mail and old bills, and so on. After each meeting, the weekly spoils were divided up and taken home. As these weekend paper making sessions began to grow in size and rotate in new attendees the paper made it into the hands of other artists in and around the Denver area. It was during one of these sessions that it was suggested that all works be recollected and compiled into an exhibition. Mirroring the process by which paper was torn apart and reconstituted into something new, this exhibition would be a group show that can be seen as a reflection of the Denver art scene.

Sunday Paper presented a unique challenge to all the artists involved: to consider the substrate as a primary material in their mark making practice. Introducing the handmade quality of each page became the prominent feature in each work. For many of the artists this new material became an open ground allowing for experimentation into new areas of their practice while others used the variation and nuance of each page to complement their chosen imagery.

The paper used by each artist was created by many of the other artists in the show. Artists were given no special instructions for the work they created, however each presents an array of distinctive voices whose works deal with a variety of differing subjects. As with other forms of news media each artist is a reporter of contemporary issues and events as witnessed through their own perspective. The pages within Sunday Paper tell a story that is vast and varied but one which is also unified by our shared temporal and geographic location. Each piece in the show is a union of both the group’s collective efforts as well as each artist’s own personal voice.
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