Feasts on paper – Shanghai International Paper Art Biennale 2019 – Characters within Paper
About 60 artists from around the world will be invited to present about 100 exhibits at the exhibition. Curated by Ou Anson.
Duration & Location & Date
Date: September 10th – November 10th , 2019
Location: Fengxian Museum, Shanghai (No.333 Hupan Road, Fengxian District, Shanghai, China)
Opening Day: September 10th
Opening ceremony: 10:00-11:00
Exhibition tour: 11:00-12:00
Museum Open Day: 9:00-16:30 (Tuesday to Sunday)
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Upcycling Books and the Reusability in Art
2019 Statement: Works “Bookfragments”, Collages serial I, II, III
Transformation of books into a brand new form using the technique of collage.
Books are the raw material I work with as an artist. However, it is not the written word or the story that serve as my point of departure, but rather the actual book the individually cover and binding themselves. I am turning the original form of a book into another type of art.
The addition of collage elements and the choices I make during the artistic process are allowing us to see books in an entirely different way. Transforming them from familiar everyday objects into a novel form of art (collage) offers us an extraordinary visual experience. Words and letters can only be read in fragments, which lay down certain accents. They lend the book-collages something mysterious and place material of the book itself into a whole new spectrum of contrasts and dimensions with integrated hand made paper on canvas.
The books I use in my works can no longer be read, and people sometimes ask me if I feel bad about „destroying“ them. My answer to that is: No, not at all! I regard what I do as a form of recycling/upcycling that preserves works of art, albeit in a different form. When I work, I experience the book and the paper – how supple or brittle it is, how it folds or tears, how it either resists or yields to my touch and allows me to give it new form – as a material that is very much alive and has a soul of its own. It’s an incredibly meditative process that allows me to forget everything around me and enter into a state of complete serenity in which I’m simply myself.