Number eleven in our series of distinctive portfolios…
Negative Space in Handmade Paper:
Picturing the Void
A collection of 19 compelling artworks by 22 artists, this portfolio investigates an intriguing concept: Negative Space. Selected from an impressive pool of entries by a distinguished jury (Lesley Dill, Cynthia Thompson, Paul Wong), the work as a whole encourages viewers to ponder what is omitted.
Each piece in the edition explores the void, the interval, the point where what is negative becomes positive. To create meaning in the gap between form and non-form, some pieces trust abstract imagery and geometric forms; others evoke vacancy with devices like blowing sand or swirling fish nets or cellular microscopy; while others are representational: an empty chair, a cathedral window, an obituary. A variety of paper fibers are employed with techniques such as stenciling, blow-out, embedding, watermarks, multiple couching, pulp painting, papercut, silkscreen, collage, cyanotype, etc. Whatever the method, whatever the fiber, the finished artworks emphasize what would normally be thought of as “missing.”
A custom-made clamshell box houses the work, each in a protective folder imprinted with the artist’s name. A handbound booklet, with letterpress printed cover, contains statements from the artists, details about each piece, and a commissioned essay by artist and writer Buzz Spector.
The participating artists are Jared Akerstrom, John Babcock, Aïdée Bernard, Emily Chaplain, Béatrice Coron, Anne Covell, Lesley Dill, Gabrielle Galbreth, Karen Hardy, Erin Harmon,
Kyle Holland, Amy Jacobs, Tom Leech, Roberto Mannino, Radha Pandey, Victòria Rabal, Steph Rue, Michelle Samour, Elizabeth Sheehan, Megan Singleton, Cynthia Thompson,
and Paul Wong.
The portfolio is edited by Mina Takahashi, with design and letterpress-printed wrappers by Steve Miller.
The edition is limited to 150 and priced at $595. Add $15 for insured shipping in the US. Add $35 for airmail delivery outside the US.