Paper (Ex) Change group exhibition at Echo Arts seeks to explore how we alter and use paper as a medium and as a tool to exchange ideas, communication and information between people. The participating artists, who work in a variety of media, are coming together to explore the way paper impacts their art work by using the theme of traditional anniversaries; the first anniversary theme being paper.
Julia Helen Rice, Sarah Theisen, Kristy Childress, Marnie Erpestad, Mark Elton, Mary Foot and Kate Renee mark their one year anniversary of working together by exploring paper as a media and tool to create, communicate and interact through art. The artists first met through the 2012 program cycle of Altered Esthetics’ Solo Exhibition Program, facilitated by board member and program developer, Kate Renee. This group of artists decided to continue to work together and collaborate by fostering creative work and creating a supportive atmosphere for one another. The artists plan to continue to work together by exhibiting in consecutive annual exhibitions based on the anniversary theme. Next year, the group will base their art on the second theme of anniversaries, cotton.
Many of the works exhibited in Paper (Ex) Change will have an interactive aspect to the piece. Viewers can come interact with these paper themed works on the opening night of the Saint Paul Art Crawl at Echo Arts Gallery. The reception begins at 5pm.
Marnie Erpestad will have large photographic works which explore the personality of letters. She invites the viewer to compose the proceeding lines of the letter by building off of the words on the person before them.
Mary Foote builds her piece on a framework which gives the viewer simple instructions to follow. The viewer will then be asked to post publicly what they have made on a website.
Kate Renee has exhibited her traveling installation The Bad Fortune Cookie in two prior exhibitions including Food Fight at Altered Esthetics and Imaginarium at Gamut Gallery. This exhibition allows the viewer to literally take the art off the wall and take home a wooden fortune cookie that has a funny, sarcastic, sassy, paper fortune. Kate also will be exploring the concept of capsulated dreams. She asks the viewer to consider and recognize their own goals and provides an opportunity for the viewer follow their own dreams.
Julia Helen Rice creates a game of visual art telephone. Using paper drawings as the medium she will be initiating a participatory art piece that highlights how human communications and relationships are colored and shaped by our individualities. This individuality often causes misunderstandings and misperceptions but these misunderstandings and misperceptions are exactly what lead to innovation and creativity. This piece demonstrates how all the misunderstandings led to new and interesting works.
Mark Elton will be exhibiting an oversized comic called Macrocomic. He explores how stories, ideas and messages can be told when the vessel is released from the need to be compact. Elton’s Macrocomic will be anything but a mini comic. Through his piece, Mark will explore the written and visual storytelling potential when we reconsider size.
Kristy Childress has mixed media drawings of landmasses and snowforms connected with threads. She explores the physical and the mental space between ourselves and others and the connections that we hold on to.
Work will also be featured by artist Sarah Theisen. The exhibition will be at Echo Arts during the 2013 Saint Paul Art Crawl. The gallery space will be open to the public during the Art Crawl April 26-28th 2013. There you can meet the artists and interact with their paper themed pieces. The exhibition will be up April 26th – May 17th 2013 and is located at Echo Arts Gallery 275 East 4th Street Suite B200 Saint Paul, MN. Gallery hours are on weekends during the exhibition: Fridays 4-8 PM Saturdays 10-8 PM Sundays 12-4 PM