Pulped Under Pressure Postcard Best

March 19 – May 7, 2017

With traditional hand papermaking at its core, Pulped Under Pressure underscores important contemporary issues steeped in history and craft. Enticed through touch, these works encourage a contemplative slowing down even as they urge recognition of some of the most pressing issues (environmental crisis to global marginalization) facing civilization today.

Co-Curated by Reni Gower and Melissa Potter, Pulped Under Pressure features seven artists from California, Illinois, and Virginia. Each of the artists Jillian Bruschera, Julia Goodman, Reni Gower, Trisha Oralie Martin, Melissa Potter, Marilyn Propp, Maggie Puckett, starts simply with a foundation of pulp made from natural fibers. Their multifaceted results incorporate a rich range of printmaking, letterpress, papercutting, and installation with diversity of recycled disposable materials. In very unique ways, these artists consider paper beyond its most common function as a passive surface of record or craft. By challenging assumptions, the artists of Pulped Under Pressure create artworks that are both beautiful and brave.

Animal Architects: Influences on Human Creativity

Donna Payton – Curator
Artworks on image: Harry Bower, Squirrel Drey, Wire, onion bag netting and zip ties, 36″ x 36″ x 36″, 2015. Dana Michele Hemes, Ariadna/Homo 1 (detail), Piezoelectric crystals, wire, speakers and amplier, 12′ x 8’h, 2017. Susan Hoenig, Cherry Leaf Miner’s Leaf, Acrylic, 16” x 12”, 2016. Gyuri Hollosy, Fugue in Hornet Mansion, Mixed media, 6′ x 5’6″, 2017. Eve Ingalls, In Hand, Handmade abaca paper, aluminum, bronze and acrylic, 73″ x 32″ x 14″, 2016. Joy Kreves, Pastoral, Mixed media, 50″ x 86″ x 48″, 2017. Eva Mantell, Nerves (beta), Electrical wire, 24 x 24 x 50″, 2017. Donna Payton, Cocoon, Straw, paper, fabric, wood, wire, acrylic paint, 15” x 70” x 15”, 2015. Kathleen Hayden Preziosi, Calcied Colony (detail), Stoneware, slips, glaze and wax, 2015. Libby Ramage, City Lights, Wasp Nest #8, Printing ink, charcoal and collage on paper, 39”h x 29”w, 2016. Richard Sanders, Messenger, Natural vines and wood, 72″ x 36″ x 36″, 2014.

May 21 – September 3, 2017

Opening Reception: Sunday, May 21, 2017 from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm *Free and Open to the Public

Who hasn’t wondered at the spiral pattern of a spider’s web, the twig and mud construction of a robin’s nest or the engineering feat of a beaver’s dam? Nature abounds with structures built by animals.Primates to arthropods build homes, traps, nurseries, food storages and courtship displays. Webs, termite mounds, beehives, burrows, bowers, nests and dams incorporate sophisticated features such as ventilation, temperature regulation, structural strength, multiple escape routes, complicated multi-material site constructions and special purpose chambers which result in aesthetically beautiful forms.

Animal Architects: Influences on Human Creativity, features the artwork of Harry Bower, Dana Michele Hemes, Susan Hoenig, Gyuri Hollosy, Eve Ingalls, Joy Kreves, Eva Mantell, Donna Payton, Kathleen Hayden Preziosi, Libby Ramage, and Richard Sanders. These eleven artists will present a variety of innovative two and three dimensional artworks in an eclectic mix of media to open our eyes to the amazing engineering feats that exist throughout the animal kingdom while highlighting the awe inspiring nature of human artistic creativity.

Panel Discussion: Sunday, June 25 at 2:00 pm

Community Workshops are planned in the Meyer Art & Nature Area throughout the Summer.