CODA MUSEUM PUTS ON GRAND DISPLAY - CODA PAPER ART 2015
Paper and cardboard are relatively simple and fairly cheap materials that, combined with traditional and modern techniques and the artist’s inspiration, show their endless possibilities and expressive power in staggering and dynamic but sometimes also moving and subtle ways. After a highly successful edition in 2013, CODA Museum Apeldoorn presents CODA Paper Art 2015, an exhibition that provides ample space – both literally and figuratively – for the installations, spatial works and specially selected jewellery of 36 artists from the Netherlands and abroad whose work is centred around paper and cardboard.
Paper is a fantastic material that has inspired artists to create impressive works of art for centuries. The structure, texture, divergent traits and infinite possibilities of paper enchant and inspire. Especially for CODA Paper Art, Indian artist Himanshu Agrawal, known for the immense paper artworks he made for the ad campaigns of brands like Canon, Toyota and Audi, has created a 20-foot deer – iconic for the Veluwe – that greets people in CODA Museum’s entrance hall. It is not the first time he has accepted this kind of challenge. During a successful world record attempt in 2009, he and 9 students built an enormous 20-foot giraffe in 12 hours.
Where Agrawal finds the strength of his paper objects in the size and bulk of his work, British-Irish artist Rogan Brown seeks it – literally – in and on a much smaller scale. His refined artworks are no taller than a hand and are paper representations of bacteria and microbes that are grown in Petri dishes. Combining a number of these smaller works, he has made a larger wall installation for CODA Paper Art. Traditional and modern techniques play a major role in Agrawal and Brown’s work, with both artists continuously testing and exploring the material’s potential.
American artist Eric Stanley draws inspiration from gothic and Islamic architecture. His impressive works are a combination of structures and architectural patterns. Modern technologies are his starting point. After a long preparation period, a computer-steered laser cuts his patterns out of paper. By then attaching several layers of paper to each other he creates a three-dimensional work that is inspired by architectural examples, although there is also a strong organic feel to the structures that develop. It is as if the shapes were not created through technology or human effort but come straight from nature.
Nature as a source of inspiration or as a principle is represented in great variety in CODA Paper Art 2015. The mysterious tree-patterned mask Behind the Gates by American artist Phillip Valdez does not only grace the poster of this edition of Paper Art, but is also part of this exhibition, along with a number of other masks representing death. Valdez has also made a new mask for CODA Paper Art 2015. Leaves of flowers and trees are incorporated in brooches made by Scottish artist Anne Finlay, while the jewellery of the Swedish Hanna Liljenberg brings to mind corals and gems coated in black paint. While nature is a marvellous feast of colour and order in Diana Beltran Herrara’s birds, British artist Julie Dodd shows a much more ominous side of nature. Her work is always a reaction to the effects of global warming and worldwide deforestation. Her spatial work Lungs of the World, made from recycled paperbacks, is a good example. Threatening as the story told by this work may be, it is equally beautiful and attractive, thanks to way it was executed. Dodd has created a number of tree trunks made of paper and cardboard that will be placed on CODA Museum’s sloping, verdant roof.
In these and other ways, CODA Paper Art also tells and spins out the story of the times we live in. From skirting-board to ceiling, the work Arsenal shows a great number of paper and cardboard weapons. This artwork by American artist Sarah Frost originated with the artist’s realisation that boys know how to fabricate toy guns out of paper from a very early age. Although it is innocuously executed in paper and not strictly meant as a critical statement, Frost says Arsenal does indicate that we live in a world where weaponry and the selling of weapons have become as normal as grocery shopping.
The necklace 250.000 US Dollars by American artist Lauren Vanessa Tickle was added to CODA’s jewellery collection in 2012 and will be on display during CODA Paper Art 2015. This necklace is part of the series Increasing Value and consists of dollar bills that Tickle has cut up very carefully and deliberately in order to make jewels that are not only quite wearable but most importantly ask questions about the value and meaning of money in modern society. Paper acquires a meaning of its own in Tickle’s work. Pervasive yet hidden, implicit materialism is made explicit by her jewellery. It encourages the viewer to scrutinise and evaluate the modern world.
Besides the works of Julie Dodd, Himanshu Agrawal, Rogan Brown and Phillip Valdez mentioned above, Dutch artist Berdien Nieuwenhuizen has also created a new piece exclusively for CODA Paper Art 2015. Over the entrance of CODA Library, she will mount the wings of Icarus. This monumental installation represents human hubris as featured in the Greek myth about Daedalus and his son Icarus. Daedalus warns his son not to fly too high with the wings he wears strapped to his body. But Icarus ignores this warning and flies too close to the sun. The wax in his manmade wings melts, causing him to plummet to Earth and drown.
Frank Asnes, Gunjan Aylawadi, Silvia Beltrami, Diana Beltran Herrera, Anne-Mieke Boonstra, B.J. Birza, Rogan Brown, Sophie Cardin, Julie Dodd, Sarah Frost, Chris Gilmour, Jacob Hashimoto, Orukami Himanshu Agrawal, Meg Hitchcock-Stege, Li Hongbo, Nina Lindgren, Tracy Luff, Berdien Nieuwenhuizen, Lisa Nilsson, Andy Singleton, Eric Standley, Richard Sweeney, Erin Turner, Phillip Valdez, Maud Vantours, Wang Lei
Attai Chen, Anne Finlay, Georgina Howling, Hanna Liljenberg, Suska Mackert, Jeremy May, Francine Oeyen, Ritsuko Ogura, Tine de Ruysser, Michihiro Sato, Janna Syvanoja, Lauren Vanessa Tickle, Myung Urso, Flóra Vági, Ingeborg Vandamme, Li-Chu Wu
Discover the world of paper and technology!
Come and discover the limitless possibilities of paper and modern technology during CODA Paper Art in CODA FabLab, a workshop where anyone can familiarise themselves with 3D printing and laser cutting. Participants design their own jewel or object. For adults, CODA has put together a package deal that includes admission to the exhibition, a tasty lunch, and a workshop in CODA FabLab. Children (age 8 and up) can follow workshops in CODA FabLab or choose from the various activities that CODA and Markant have organised around Paper Art.
CODA Museum is an amalgamation of the former Historisch Museum Apeldoorn and the Van Reekum Museum. The opening in 2004 was also the start of a new museum collection; CODA extended the Van Reekum Museum’s collection and gave it more focus by spearheading two areas: contemporary jewellery, and visual art and jewellery centred around paper. The interest that contemporary artist and designers show in paper as a material lends added value to the collection of artworks on and made from paper. CODA Paper Art ties in with this trend and charts its developments.
Paper and cardboard are interesting art materials in their own right, but there is also a close connection between paper and the history of Apeldoorn and surroundings. The exhibition Papier gemaakt in Gelderland runs parallel to CODA Paper Art and does not only give an overview of the history of paper in the province of Gelderland, but also focusses on innovation and modern technologies.
CODA Paper Art is a continuation of the successful Holland Papier Biënnale that CODA Museum has organised several times in cooperation with Museum Rijswijk in the past. Because the Holland Papier Biënnale required a different approach after the renovation of Museum Rijswijk and because CODA Museum wanted the exhibition to be on longer so schools could also enjoy this fantastic display, the museums decided to go their separate ways. CODA puts on an international paper exhibition in the odd-numbered years, while Museum Rijswijk organises an exhibition in the even-numbered years.
CODA Paper Art 2015 | Visual art and jewellery on and made of paper| 07.06 until 25.10.2015 inclusive | CODA Museum | www.coda-apeldoorn.nl/PaperArt